Chief Executive Officer of the National Cooperative Credit Union Limited (NCCU), Aylmer Irish committed the institution’s support to the continued development of Cadence-Lypso genre on the island.
Irish was speaking at a press conference held on Monday 11 June 2018, where the ten finalists for the 2018 Cadence-Lypso competition scheduled for November 2nd, were announced.
The Cadence-Lypso competition was first held in 2012 and Irish noted that it was conceptualized in an effort to keep the art form of Cadence-lypso alive and well in Dominica.
“Therefore NCCU, as a credit union first and foremost, but as a credit union with social responsibility, decided to get involved in the art form and become the major sponsor of the cadence-lypso.”
Irish, who added that the annual cadence-lypso competition has moved “from strength to strength”, stated that the songs have improved.
“Your presence here is evidence that you believe in cadence-lypso and you believe in the art form,” he told the finalists and encouraged them “to continue writing, continue participating in Cadence-lypso and I’m sure the NCCU will continue to support the art form”.
The annual show is scheduled for November 2nd, where the selected ten individual finalists will perform their songs in one segment, with the groups performing in their own segment.
The 2018 finalists; Shirley Charles, Charles Leatham, Shermica Sorhaindo, Carsim Birmingham, Jude Delauney, Marisa Stedman, Desmond Lawrence, Rhamadine Phillip, Murphy Jno. Jules and Chris Sylvester will compete for the coveted title on 2 November 2018.
For the first time since its inception seven years ago, three reserves were selected in the event that any of the finalists are unable to participate or removed due to non-compliance.
Finalists are obligated to submit the final version of the song which they sang at the audition on Saturday 9 June 2018 to the NCCU before 9 July 2018 or risk being replaced by one of the reserves; Steve Williams, Royette Laurent and Ellis Serrant.
The venue however has not yet been determined, as most of the previously used venues were impacted by Hurricane Maria.