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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Five Examples Of Midnight Groovers (Dominica Cadence-Lypso Band)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about the "Cadence-Lypso" music genre.

Information about Cadence-Lypso's popular band Midnight Groovers is also included in this post along with five YouTube videos of that gand. Selected comments from those videos' discussion threads are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Midnight Groovers for their musical legacy and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT CADENCE-LYPSO
From https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCHT_OaqKCeFz6wrF68gFTg Dominica CadenceLypso
"Cadencelypso was Originated in the 1970s by the Dominican band Exile One on the island of Guadeloupe, it spread and became popular in the dance clubs of Dominica and the French Antilles .This channel is Made to keep One of the First Genre of Dominica music (CadenceLypso) Alive .It will Presents Cadence music way back from the 70s to this Modern day .For All the CadenceLpyso Fans"
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Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/06/exile-one-band-cadence-lypso-music-from.html for more information about Cadence-Lypso and five examples of Exile One music.

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INFORMATION ABOUT MIDNIGHT GROOVER
From http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/features/commentary/tribute-midnight-groovers/
Tribute to Midnight Groovers
Dr. Emanuel Finn - Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 8:17 AM
The Midnite Groovers of South City (Grand Bay) burst on the musical scene in the early 70s led by Chubby and his brother Coe. Although most of the names and faces of the band have changed since its inception, the strong impression of Groovers’ signature music has not

The musical themes and beat quickly reminds everyone that the message is not simply about the identity, dignity and militant nature of the Grand Bay community, but about Dominica, and the struggles, trials and triumphs of African people all over the world.

The reality has been that Dominican music bands come and go (with the exception of Swinging Stars) at an alarming rate. The ultimate test of a band is in its staying power, message, lyrics and melody.

The songs of Groovers have always been concentrated, honest and uncontaminated. Today, Groovers is much more than a music band, it is a venerable Dominican institution.

Chubby and the boys are from a different genre of die-hard musicians who do things the old fashion way. Because of their grass roots and rugged style, it can be easy to dismiss and characterize the groovers as a one-dimensional band catering only to country folks.

Despite the fact that Dominicans have fallen in love with the more effervescent ‘bouyan’ music, the thought provoking songs of Groovers still resonates with the island and its people at home and abroad.

The band is a beacon of authenticity that defies questioning or critique, and deserves only admiration. In a time when our youth prefer and appreciate gangster rap artists over local musicians, Groovers can be described as an artifact from a lost time and place...

They have thrilled audiences all over with pure, undiluted and uncontaminated music of the Dominican countryside. This compares similarly to the magnitude of the cultural contributions that Taboo Combo has made to Haiti.

From their onset as a band more than three decades ago, Groovers has mounted a relentless crusade through their explosive cadence songs on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised in Dominica. They have taken the lead in the fight to uphold the dignity of the peasantry (Malaway). Hits such as ‘Pou Yon Coco’ (for one coconut) and ‘Toute homme se homme aba soliel la’ (all men are equal under the sun) speak volumes of their powerful message.”...

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From http://www.largeup.com/2012/07/24/cadence-weapon-download-rare-cadence-lypso-from-the-midnight-groovers-of-dominica/ Rare Cadence-Lypso From the Midnight Groovers of Dominica
- Jesse Serwer, 7/24/2012
"You might recall a couple months ago we told you about Sofrito: International Soundclash, Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis of London-based “tropical” DJ collective Sofrito’s compilation connecting the dots between African, Caribbean and South America rhythms with rediscovered rarities from Trinidad’s Lord Shorty, Haiti’s Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville, Guadeloupe’s Mas Ka KlĂ© and more. To celebrate the release of the comp today, Strut Records has given us an exclusive download of one of the most brilliant tracks on the set, “O Ti Yo,” from the kings of cadence-lypso, the Midnight Groovers.

Still going today, the Midnight Groovers are one of Dominica’s longest running bands, with about 40 albums to their credit. In fact, they just completed an eight-date US tour this spring. “O Ti Yo” is the group in its funky, psychedelic mid ’70’s prime, with the sort of chunky bass synth groove you hear in a lot of our favorites from this era."...

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS
These videos are presented in chronological order with the video with the oldest publishing date given first.

Example #1: midnight groovers sera



mashupah99, Published on Oct 5, 2013

music from midnight groovers
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Selected comment from this video's discussion thread:
TheShauny, 2016
"I love this song I remember as a child my parents used to play this eat every family event it always make me miss my dad listening to it r.i.p"

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Example #2: Midnight Groovers - Anita (CLIP OFFICIEL)



Futurcrew officiel, Published on Apr 22, 2014
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Selected comments:
2016
Jacqueline Headley
"Old tune but loving dis.. Get's me in the mood for carnival"

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Jacqueline Headley
"Bwoy old time tunes I grew up with .. Mum and dad would play this and hear this at family parties.. still sounds good."

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Solomon The ll
"Damn! Will generation coming make nice music like this though? They the future of Dominican music and so far seem to just be taking yankee/yardie style :("

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DjeasyPromoTV
"To get more of midnight groovers official video check out their VEVO channel ,just search for MidnightGrooversVEVO"

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Example #3: MidnightGroovers - Mandela (Official Video)

MidnightGrooversVEVO, Published on Jul 1, 2015

Music video for Mandela (Official Video) performed by MidnightGroovers.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/midnightgrovers
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Selected comments:
greguy achille, 2016
where this guy from

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Isaiah Graneau, 2017
Grandbay, Dominica

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Fred Pyrame, 2017
musique top paroles de coeur bon souvenir super

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(Google translate from French to English)
Music top lyrics Good memory super
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Example #4: MidnightGroovers - Milk And Honey (Official Video)



MidnightGrooversVEVO , Published on Jul 1, 2015

Music video for Milk And Honey (Official Video) performed by MidnightGroovers.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/midnightgrovers
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Selected comments:

Frederick Parillon, 2016
"My grandmother used to tell us about those good old days.Those lyrics are priceless, long live groovers."

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Daniel Riviere, 2016
"this song always makes me nostalgic.. its such a beautiful song!"

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Example #5: MidnightGroovers - Talon Haut (Official Video)



MidnightGrooversVEVO Published on Jul 6, 2015

Music video for Talon Haut (Official Video) performed by MidnightGroovers.
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Google translate from French to English:
"Talon Haut" = “High heels”
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Selected comments:
2016
Solomon The ll
"Damn! Will generation coming make nice music like this though? They the future of Dominican music and so far seem to just be taking yankee/yardie style :("

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BlueRayBusiness Solutions
"You have a strong point doe but also remember the elderly and the parents today never take the opportunity to teach their children creole plus they don't teach it in schools."

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Solomon The ll
"+BlueRayBusiness Solutions Shame on them then...They (the parents and government) will be the only reason the their own culture becomes extinct."

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Justin Robinson, 2017
"its mainly young people in Roseau who cant speak creole"

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Justin Robinson, 2017
"culture is dying, sad situation."

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