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“Celebrating CARICOM” Day with the CARICOM song!


Posted in: Press Releases | 04 July 2014 | Release Ref #: 172/2014 | 1316

    CARICOM Day, Friday 4 July 2014, was celebrated at the ongoing 35th CARICOM Heads of Government conference in Antigua/Barbuda with a flag raising ceremony. The Heads joined other participants outside the conference venue for the raising of the Antigu
    CARICOM Day, Friday 4 July 2014, was celebrated at the ongoing 35th CARICOM Heads of Government conference in Antigua/Barbuda with a flag raising ceremony. The Heads joined other participants outside the conference venue for the raising of the Antigu

    Forty one years ago (July 4, 1973) the founding fathers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) came together and signed the Treaty of Chaguaramas which established the Community. Today we celebrate this anniversary on “CARICOM Day”, a day we set aside to commemorate all things CARICOM.

    This year is even more special because the Region now has an official CARICOM Song that was launched at the Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government held in Antigua and Barbuda, 1-4 July 2014. We are inviting you to celebrate with us by playing the CARICOM Song at your media house.

    The CARICOM Song is the official, patriotic song of the Community, which celebrates the history, culture and identity of the people of the Caribbean. It is to be used primarily at ceremonial and Community events. In celebrating the Fortieth Anniversary of CARICOM in 2013, the CARICOM Secretariat launched a Song Competition to encourage the participation of all CARICOM Member States in composing a song that would inspire regional pride and unity, celebrate our diversity and highlight our shared vision and aspirations.

    The song “Celebrating CARICOM” was written and composed by Ms. Michele Henderson-Delsol, a highly acclaimed recording artiste from the Commonwealth of Dominica.  It was produced by Carl Beaver Henderson from the HOTT Music Group, Trinidad. Other members of the production team were Henderson-Delsol’s husband and manager, Roland Delsol Jr. of Audio Solutions Inc, Dominica and Earlson Mathew from the Sonic Arts Studios, Dominica. The composition was selected by a regional panel of judges as the official CARICOM Song. A unique feature of the Song that celebrates CARICOM’s linguistic diversity, is the Kwéyòl spoken in the Lesser Antilles and Suriname’s Sranan Tongo that punctuate the rhythmic Bridge.

    Singer, songwriter and performer, Ms Henderson-Delsol has enjoyed a successful career as an artiste for over 20 years. Born in Grand Bay, Commonwealth of Dominica, she has thrilled audiences with her live performances in and outside the Region, with major performances at the World Creole Music Festival, Dominica; Grenada Spice Jazz Festival; Saint Lucia Jazz Festival; Roskilde Festival in Denmark; Jazz Artists on the Green in Trinidad and Tobago; among several other performances in the USA, Europe, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
    She has recorded six albums to date; her debut album titled “Michele Henderson” (2000) and her most recent being “Home” (2014). She has received numerous music awards in Dominica and was appointed Goodwill Ambassador to Dominica in 2004.

    Join us in celebrating CARICOM Day by listening to and learning the CARICOM song which can be downloaded at https://app.box.com/s/jajo3w996ylc86pqsf5y. You may also visit the CARICOM website (www.caricom.org) to view Ms Henderson-Delsol’s performance of the song at the Heads of Government Meeting last Tuesday. Ms Henderson-Delsol is available for interviews via telephone and can be contacted at 767-616-0077.

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