Michelle Henderson Wins CARICOM Song Competition
Dominican, jazz, fusion singer Michele Henderson is the winner of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) song competition, and her winning entry “Celebrating CARICOM” is now the regional body’s official anthem.
Henderson beat out 57 semi-finalists and ten finalists to emerge winner in the competition which was announced last year.
She says she screamed in disbelief when she first heard the news, and she is happy and proud of the accomplishment.
According to the competition rules, the song had to reflect a strong Caribbean cultural identity, have versatility and lend itself to be played by various instruments, have a strong Caribbean cultural flavour and rhythm and inspire a sense of regional pride and unity.
Henderson noted, she used the criteria of the competition, in addition to her musical talent, poetry and melody and the song titled “Celebrating CARICOM” came to life.
The win is timely as 2015 will mark 20 years since Henderson burst on the music scene with her winning composition “My Pride”- a song she penned for the 1995 DOMFESTA song competition.
Henderson added, the win is just another mark in the cultural and music industry for her, while she keeps working hard to represent Dominica to the best of her abilities.
Her first official performance of “Celebrating CARICOM, the official CARICOM song will be at the opening ceremony of the 35th Regional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government to be held on Tuesday 1st July, 2014.
There she will also be presented with her winning cheque of US$10,000.00.