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Track Listing:

Blakie

  1. Click here to play a sound clip! Introduction
  2. Click here to play a sound clip! Steelband Clash
  3. Click here to play a sound clip! Maria
  4. Click here to play a sound clip! Hold De Pussy

Black Prince

  1. Click here to play a sound clip! Calypso Horrors
  2. Click here to play a sound clip! Friday Evening
  3. Click here to play a sound clip! One Lifetime Ent Enuff
  4. Click here to play a sound clip! Fry Ball
  5. Click here to play a sound clip! De Letter

Zandolie

  1. Click here to play a sound clip! Introduction
  2. Click here to play a sound clip! Iron Man
  3. Click here to play a sound clip! Merchant of Venice
  4. Click here to play a sound clip! The Whip
  5. Click here to play a sound clip! Man Family
  6. Click here to play a sound clip! Stickman

Raw Kaiso 1
Zandolie & Black Prince with Lord Blakie in Concert

True, True Kaisonian
David Rudder's Appreciation

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True, True Kaisonian

"Calypso (Kaiso) music has never stood still" Valton Matthews writes in his  introductory remarks for In Concert...Raw Kaiso I. "But through it all" he contends having observed that from its roots it has taken various styles "one thing has never changed: the respect and affection Trinbagonians feel for 'the true, true kaisonian', the man or woman who sets brilliant, meaningful lyrics to what ever musical style happens to be popular at the moment". "Even today," Matthews continues, " when the social functions of calypso have changed so much that the music needs different names like soca, rapso, Jump-Up, Dancehall soca, chutney soca, Ragga and more, there is still an enthusiastic audience in Trinidad & Tobago for classic kaiso".

That view was confirmed in 1994 when Lord Blakie, Black Prince, and Zandolie appeared in a concert produced by Rudder, Robin and Robert Foster.  The audience response "was phenomenal" as demonstrated in this recording.

The Master of Ceremonies is Dennis "Spranalang" Hall. Following is the cast of musicians.

Saxophone: Frankie Francis, Leo Stephenson
Keyboards: Calliston Pantor
Drums & Percussion: Barry Howard, Winston Matthew's
Bass: Albert Bushe Jr
Guitar: Tony Voisin
Background Vocals: David Rudder, Winston "Gypsy' Peters, Mystic Prowler

David Rudder's Appreciation

David Rudder describes the Raw Kaiso concert as "a musical story of three men, two of whom I grew up on in the early Sixties in Trinidad: The Mighty Zandolie and Lord Blakie; two original 'rude bwoys.' Blakie, the street-smart, urban warlord, and Zando, aptly described as 'phallic to the bone', the country gigolo. The third man, Black Prince, with whom I became acquainted a few years ago at the Spektakula Forum Calypso Tent, is the wandering troubadour, the blues singer. He is a piece of the other two in the sense that he captures the grassroots soul of both of urban and country Trinidad.

Calypso is an art form filled with diverse characters. In this collection we present three men who belong to a time of few inhibitions, no 'political correctness', just raw feelings, vivid paintings of our life and times, off-the cuff love-it-or-leave-it stuff. In other words... Raw to the bone. David Rudder

 

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