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Cadence-lypso, popularized as simply Cadence is a cultural music of Dominca based in Guadeloupe in the early 1970's. Cadence-lypso is a fusion of Dominican and Caribbean/Latin rhythms and has totally revolutionized the music scenc in its genre, and it has now become the main dance Music of Dominica, Guadeloupe and other French creole caribbean islands.

Cadence-lypso is the precursor for Zouk and Soca music.


The most influential band in the development of cadnce-lypso was Exile One (based on the island of Guadeloupe) in 1973 that combined cadence rampa and calypso.It was developed in the 1970s by groups from Dominica, and was the first style of Dominican music to find international acclaim.

In spite of the influence of cadence rampa and calypso, hence the name "cadence-lypso", this musical phenomenon created by the group "Exile One" has evolved over the years. Cadence music has evolve under the influence of Dominican and Caribbean/Latin rhythms, as well as rock and roll, soul, and funk music from the United States. By the end of the 1970s, Gordon Henderson defined Cadence-lypso as a synthesis of Afro-musical patterns combining the traditional with the contemporary.

Aside from Exile One, other bands included the Grammacks, Black Roots, Black Machine, Naked Feet, Belles Combo, Mantra, Black Affairs, Liquid Ice, Wafrikai, Midnighte Groovers and Milestone, while the most famous singers included Bill Thomas, Chubby Marc, Gordon......
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