Michael Mondezie

“He was a very complex human being.”

That honest summation from well-travelled musician Sheldon Blackman preceded a nervous laugh when he attempted to put to words his memories of his father soca inventor Ras Shorty I (Garfield Blackman).

Ras Shorty I was, in every sense of the expression, a father figure.

Garfield Blackman cemented his place in the music annals of the Caribbean as the creator of one of the region’s most popular musical expressions: soca music. He also went on to create jamoo, the offbeat inspirational cousin of soca and calypso.

Calypso legend and soca music inventor Ras Shorty I (Garfield Blackman) will be honoured today from noon with a full music festival at the Blackman Ranch in Piparo.

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Chutney soca artiste Mr Nice Vibes has landed an international music recording and distribution deal.

Nice Vibes (Kumar Sieunarine), has been signed to New York-based American record label Bentley Records. The deal will see Bentley record and distribute his music, as well as book live performances around the world.

Sam Boodram will always be remembered as the grandfather of chutney music. He was an icon. His songs will live forever.

That’s how an emotional Nisha Bissambhar (Nisha B) summed up the memory of her Uncle Sam following the death of the chuntey music legend. The local music icon passed away on Tuesday two weeks shy of his 87th birthday.

That exclamation from soca pioneer Errol Asche always brings a smile to the face of Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Orginsation (TUCO) President Brother Resistance (Lutalo Masimba).

It’s a greeting that dates back to their years growing up in Laventille to which the rapso man would respond: “First time”.

Politicians must pay greater attention to the voice of the people.

That’s the warning from calypso icon David Rudder in the wake of mass protest demonstration across Port of Spain this week.

As children around the country celebrate the reopening of beaches, pools, restaurants and other public recreation spaces their parents should remain vigilant about reducing their risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus.

Trinidad-born artist Miles Regis is proving the paintbrush is mightier than the gun.

Regis, who had one of this painting commissioned by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in 2015, is once again letting his brushes do the talking as he captures the revolutionary imagery of the ongoing protest across the United States.

Videographer Leroy “Gotti” Thomas will forever be remembered as a man who relentlessly perused perfecting his craft.

The well-known television and music video producer passed away on June 20. Gotti, 50, was reportedly diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer. He was laid to rest at the San Juan Public cemetery on Thursday, following a service at St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Real Street, San Juan.

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