Dominica’s Lady of Song comes to Trinidad

Written by on January 16, 2018

Celebrated Caribbean songstress Ophelia Marie performs her famous Cadence-Lypso music style Under The Trees of The Normandie, St Ann’s for Carnival 2018. Marie, of Dominica, is back at The Normandie after her sparkling appearance here a few years ago.

With the recent hurrricane devastation to Dominica, Marie has shown her resolve to rise above the tide, and to share the sweetness of life amidst seemingly insurmountable turmoil. She appears Under The Trees on Sunday, February 4, Wednesday, February , and Friday, February 9.

Haitian musicians introduced Cadence Rampa or Meringue, a sophisticated form of music to the Caribbean, specifically to Dominica and the French Antilles, in the 1960s. As well, Zouk became a popular dance music associated mainly with the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as Saint Lucia and Dominica. The music blends a variety of Caribbean, African, and North American music styles, and is characterised by frequent use of French Antillean Creole language.

The collective label for the various types of Caribbean music played was ‘mizik zouk’, and included compas and cadence, beguine from Martinique and Guadeloupe, and cadence-lypso, a hybrid of cadence and Trinidadian calypso.

Ophelia Marie became a popular singer of cadence-lypso in the 1980s and has since achieved international star status. She is sometimes referred to as “Dominica’s Lady of Song,” the “First Lady of Creole,” and “la grande dame de la musique Antillaise.”

She is considered the “Godmother of Cadence,” has toured widely to massive audiences in France and French islands, and her music is broadcast throughout the Francophone world.


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