Wadix says more support needed from businesses for ‘ambitious’ undertaking of Cadence-Lypso Golden Jubilee celebrations

Leroy ‘Wadix’ Charles

Founder of Creole HeartBeat, Leroy ‘Wadix’ Charles, has said more support is needed from corporate entities for the Cadence-Lypso Golden Jubilee and Gospel Festival.

He made the disclosure during a live interview on State-Owned Radio DBS on Friday.

“The people are excited; we are very elated to receive the response of the people, but in terms of the corporate entities, we are not close to what we expected,” Charles said.

He continued, “Whether it’s Creole HeartBeat alone or whether it’s with corporate sponsorship, it is incumbent on us to celebrate the achievement of the Cadence legends, and myself over 40 years of my life promoting calypso music…”

According to Charles, it is important to celebrate Dominica’s living ancestors and the memory of those who have passed on.

“Any institution or any organization reaching their 50th milestone and in this case, Cadence Lypso music, should be celebrated across the length and breadth of Dominica,” he stated. “This occasion only comes once in a lifetime.”

He described the event as an extremely expensive and ambitious project.

“If you believe in history, if you believe in legacy, in patrimony, when you understand the journey and sacrifices of these legends, the achievements, their quality and body of work, when you understand their catalog of timeless classics of prophetic narratives, the varied topics, the sentiments, when you listen to Cadence Lypso, the rhythmical patterns, the vocals, the breath-taking arrangements and how these people, [like] Gordan Henderson, Ophelia  Marie is recognized and embraced out of Dominica, their work is the foundation of the World Creole Music Festival and most importantly, the foundation of Caribbean contemporary music,” Charles stated.

Meantime, activities for the Cadence Lypso Golden Jubilee began on Friday, June 30.

The celebrations kicked off last night with the Swinging Stars, calypsonians, and the Creole DJs at the Uption NightClub (formerly Seamoon) in Massacre.

“We are also celebrating Calypso Day Day with the calypsonians in Grandbay on Sunday and at 4 p.m., Emmanuel Drum School Drum Festival at the Bishop Michael Daniel Memorial Park in Goodwill from 4 p.m.,” he indicated. “Also Thursday 6th July -Calypso Day all day and at 5 p.m. something very important will be taking place in South City, Grandbay when the Sign Man and Creole HeartBeat in collaboration with the village council and the parliamentary representative will be installing a billboard of Midnight Groovers.”

He added that on Saturday, July 8, there will be a Creole Dance Party at the Almond Deck in Toucarie from 5 p.m.

“It will be something of a difference where we are inviting children from the area to come and discover Creole music, in particular, Cadence Lypso music and later the adults,” Charles noted.

He went on to state that on Friday, July 14, Cadence Lypso meets cricket at the Uption NightClub in Massacre.

On Saturday, July 15, a song competition will be held at the Alliance Française and the winner will spend one week in Martinique and be part of a business music workshop and also part of a recording compilation.

Furthermore, Charles said on Friday, July 28, Fete Mahaut will commence with a tribute to Legendary Belles Combo.

“And the major activity for the entire celebrations, the Cadence Lypso-Golden Jubilee and Gospel Festival at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium forecourt from the 4th of August to the 7th of August and August 25th Cadence Lypso Day will be celebrated,” he revealed.

The Headline Sponsor for the event is DBS Radio.

Charles said organizers of the Cadence Lypso Golden Jubilee and Gospel Month are in solidarity with African liberation, and also the Cultural Division.

The public is encouraged to to wear something African every Friday beginning on June 30.

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  1. Toto
    July 4, 2023

    Wadix, again my friend. This is your enterprise.You want to make a profit, that’s ok. But if you believe so strongly in this invest your own money my friend instead of using someone else’s bait to catch your fish. Good luck.

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  2. If we knew better
    July 3, 2023

    How do these businesses benefit? Whats the benefit for these businesses? After you get their money to run your show you smiling and happy. How do these businesses benefit from sponsoring your calypso show that is taking place out of carnival season?

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  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 2, 2023

    “Founder of Creole HeartBeat, Leroy ‘Wadix’ Charles, has said more support is needed from corporate entities for the Cadence-Lypso Golden Jubilee and Gospel Festival.”(Leroy).

    You see all of that is simple hogwash: What support; or is it just another way of soliciting for free money?

    So called Cadence-Lypso is just another musical rendition ( another form of music ”
    a performance or interpretation, especially of a dramatic role or piece of music; created by someone).

    The result of which can become a total success, or a flop; ” total failure!”

    For a song to become successful, it begins with Airtime- how many times it’s played on the air, either regionally, or internationally! The record success depends on if it becomes a hit-song, by the amount of sale, the amount of people buying the record!

    Just because someone wrote what they believe to be a song, and record it does not mean a greater majority are going to like it and buy that patios music!


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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      July 2, 2023

      If I must continue this; I would suggest, that Leroy is suggest that money should flow from the government, or the private sector to pay for the name of something that is insignificant; and irrelevant in the life’s of the people of our nation.
      You know anybody can write anything, and call it a song, but that does not mean it is going sell; when a song comes to someone and written that is a different ball game!

      I have relatives who are musical geniuses: One died in Antigua not too long ago, he got a more or less a state funeral: His name was Victor Babu Samuel, he and another cousin they wrote all kinds of music, in Canada and the United States, not one of their songs became a hit.
      Their music sounds good, but its not reggae, it seems as long as it has anything to do with the Caribbean; such music don’t sell on the international market; even if they sang in English.
      And to the skeptics, Baidu grandmother, Ivy Valmond and my grandmother were sisters.

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  4. Ibo France
    July 1, 2023

    Wadix, come on! Most businesses in Dominica are struggling mightily,barely managing to keep their heads above the surface of the rough economic waters.

    With unemployment so high and wages so low where do you expect the business sector to find the money for sponsorship? Do you think they have a magic wand? What happen to the billions from the CBI programme? That is an obvious source of funding. Why don’t you try to tap that source?

    The business people could hardly pay their taxes and employees. If Roosevelt were to curtail his frequent overseas trips, that money saved will easily be much more than enough for the sponsorship you seek.

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