The Star (St. Lucia) - - NATIONAL DAY - By Cat Foster

The Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (CDF) in Oc­to­ber proudly launched The Cul­tural Icons Project. The first hon­ouree of this project will be Charles Cadet whose works will be cel­e­brated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic.

The aim of The Cul­tural Icons Project is to pay trib­ute to those who have shaped our na­tion’s cul­ture through ei­ther a lifetime of con­tri­bu­tions or with a short­ert­erm ground­break­ing im­pact. The CDF is con­cerned that too much of our is­land’s his­tory and cul­ture has been lost when per­sons of note have passed on with­out their work hav­ing been prop­erly recorded and doc­u­mented. Ms. Dre­nia Fred­er­ick, the Event and Pro­duc­tion Di­rec­tor at CDF ex­plained that the “Cul­tural Icons Project,” seeks to fill this void with high qual­ity events and ac­tiv­i­ties show­cas­ing lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

The in­au­gu­ral cel­e­bra­tion will be The Charles Cadet Mu­si­cal Ge­nius Con­cert. This pro­lific com­poser has touched the hearts of young and old with his folk mu­sic. But be pre­pared for some spec­tac­u­lar and in­no­va­tive ar­range­ments by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Gre­gory Piper as some 100 per­form­ers in­ter­pret Cadet’s melodic ge­nius at the up­com­ing event.

Con­trib­u­tors on the night will be drawn from fields as var­ied as jazz, gospel, con­tem­po­rary and R&B and in­clude our top tal­ent: Minelle Delice, Shayne Ross, Boo Hink­son, T C Brown, to name just a few, while mu­si­cians from the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic will team up with the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Band to pro­vide a near-full sym­phony orches­tra. Truly, per­for­mances to in­spire us and boost our na­tional pride!

Orig­i­nally carded for De­cem­ber 14, the event has been moved to a new date which the CDF will an­nounce soon. Funds raised on the night will be used for the ad­vance­ment of art and cul­ture through com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grammes across the na­tion.

Charles Cadet is well-known for Saint Lu­cian folk mu­sic. He is renowned for team­ing up with play­wright, Roderick Wal­cott, on the mu­sic for the play, “Banjo Man”, as well as the mu­si­cals, “The Legend of Tom Fool”, “Chan­son Mar­i­anne”, “The Gui­tar Man’s Song” and “The Won­der­ful World of Brother Rab­bit”. He has also worked with poet, Mc Don­ald Dixon, to com­pose the mu­sic for “Tin­day,” per­formed at CAR­IFESTA 1992. “Poin­set­tia Blos­soms”, a Saint Lu­cian Christ­mas clas­sic writ­ten by Cadet was pop­u­lar­ized by singer Lenny Stone.

How­ever Charles Cadet’s mu­si­cal ge­nius was most vis­i­ble and forth­right when he com­posed “Mass for In­de­pen­dence” on the oc­ca­sion of Saint Lu­cia gain­ing po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain on Fe­bru­ary 22, 1979.

Charles Cadet was the first re­cip­i­ent of the M&C Fine Arts Lifetime Achieve­ment Award and was awarded an Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire (OBE) in 1987 and the Saint Lu­cia Cross (SLC) in 2005 for dis­tin­guished and out­stand­ing ser­vice to Saint Lu­cia.

Charles Cadet.

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