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Patriots Stalin, Rudder sing for TT

Story and photos by Angelo Marcelle Monday, September 1 2014

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The master: Calypso master David Rudder belts out his many hits at the Patriots Independence Concert, Cipriani Labour College, Valsayn on Saturday nig...
The master: Calypso master David Rudder belts out his many hits at the Patriots Independence Concert, Cipriani Labour College, Valsayn on Saturday nig...

The Co-operative Credit Union League of Trinidad and Tobago hosted it’s first Independence fund-raising event on Saturday, at the scenic grounds of the Cipriani Labour College, Valsayn. Four huge evergreen trees, clear skies and a setting sun, created the perfect environment to celebrate an evening dedicated to “Patriots”, the Independence Concert.

Even before the first song was played by DJ Dr Ross, also known as “The Musical Surgeon”, patrons were up to the venue before the 6 pm scheduled start.

Surprisingly, the thunderous showers earlier that morning did not muddy the lawn area where the event was held. A definite sigh of relief for event coordinators Nu Wave.

Live entertainment begun just after 7 pm with MC’s Tommy Joseph and Big Daddy George introducing former Digicel Rising Star winner Kay Alleyne of Tobago. As usual, she was astonishing, as she reminded everyone why she won the coveted title in 2007.

She started by singing Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit, “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)”. Her covers ended with songs by The Temptations, Bob Marley and the 1978 Disco hit “I will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.

After her 30- minute set, the action really begun with the introduction of veteran calypsonian Leroy Calliste, the Black Stalin, a five-time Calypso Monarch and UWI doctorate honouree.

A reason to stand and dance was all patrons wanted. They got it when Roy Cape All Stars hit the notes to, “There is one race, (The Caribbean Man), From the same place (The Caribbean Man). That take the same trip (The Caribbean Man),On the same ship (The Caribbean Man)”. The chorus from his ever popular ditty “Caribbean Man”, was how Stalin started his set. That was all seated patrons wanted to hear. Everyone got off their chairs and the waving and dancing began.

With his trademark broad smile, “the doctor” prescribed more musical hits and it came in the form of songs like, “Sufferers”, “Dorothy” (for which he got a round of applause), “Bun Dem” and “We Could Make It if We Try”. A solo on the alto saxophone by iconic musician Roy Cape, added to already crisp melodic sounds that the band is known for. One thing is certain, Roy Cape All Stars guarantees music that is easy on the ear.

Those who came to see and hear David Michael Rudder, a former Calypso Monarch and Road March champion, would have to wait until after intermission. The wait was worth it. With his dreadlocks plaited in a mohawk, Rudder’s voice just seemed to ooze patriotism as he unleashed, “Hammer”, “Dus in yuh face”, “Calypso Music” and “Trini to the Bone”. Jokingly he said before singing the latter song,” “We are forged from the love of Bacchanal”. Supporting and cheering on Rudder as he sang was self-taught champion music arranger, Pelham Goddard.

The show ended with a performance by lead singer of Roy Cape All Stars, Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart. When asked in a short interview, what his wish for Trinidad and Tobago was on its 52nd anniversary as an Independent country, he said, “We as a people have to come together as an Independent country and work together as best we can to fight against crime. Too many young fellas are being killed. Too many young fellas being streamlined into crime.” He continued by pleading with fathers to “step up”. “We have a shortage of father figures in schools. Step up,” he said. The show ended just before 11 pm.

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