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A hit song performed by Colombian pop
star Shakira was indirectly copied from an-
other songwriter's work, a federal judge in
New York has found.
Judge Alvin Hellerstein said Shakira's
Spanish-language version of Loca in 2010
had infringed on a song by Dominican singer
Ramon Arias Vazquez.
Her English language version of Loca---
which featured UK rapper Dizzee Rascal---
was "not offered into evidence" at the trial.
Neither version of Loca was released as a
single in the UK. However, the Spanish lan-
guage version---a collaboration with Domini-
can rapper Eduard Edwin Bello Pou, better
known as El Cata---was widely released as a
single around the world. It went on to sell
more than five million copies and topped
Billboard Magazine's Latin charts. It was
also included on her 2010 album Sale el Sol.
For English language markets, the album
was titled The Sun Comes Out and both
versions of the song were included.
In a ruling on Tuesday, Judge Hellerstein
said that while the hit single had been
based on an earlier version of a song
recorded by Bello [El Cata], that itself had
been copied from Vasquez' original song.
"There is no dispute that Shakira's ver-
sion of the song was based on Bello's ver-
sion," wrote the judge in his ruling.
Vazquez penned his song Loca con su
Tiguere in the 1990s, but Bello has denied
copying it. (BBC)
Shakira song 'broke copyright laws'
PETER RAY BLOOD
A visit to Bill Trotman s home at
45 Cicada Street, Morvant, is like
being transported into a museum.
Say artist, poet, dancer, calypson-
ian, masquerader, tutor, icon and
national award recipient and you
are speaking of one person---Paul
Trotman, aka Bill Trotman,
Trinidad Bill, Lord Flying Fish even.
Now at the ripe age of 80, save
a slight hearing impediment, he s
still got perfect memory and eye-
sight. Trotman is a treasure trove of
knowledge, experience and accom-
plishment. It was difficult to leave
Trotman s home after spending a
day with him and his "manager"
Akende Rudder, such was the fun
of being regaled with many stories
of his childhood, youth and multi-
It was a very hot and humid day,
so Trotman mixed a concoction he
called his "secret cocktail" and pre-
pared his "special" chicken drum-
sticks, another secret recipe.
At the moment Trotman is
focused on beginning work on his
Heritage House/Art Gallery to be
constructed on the site of his home
that will accommodate his wealth
of artwork, mas, costumes, awards
and literature collected for well over
half-century. Overtures have already
been made to the Ministry of Arts
& Multiculturalism and the corporate
sector to assist in funding this proj-
Though considered an elder of
Morvant, Trotman was actually born
in Port-of-Spain and spent a few
years in Woodbrook before settling
in Morvant at the age of ten. The
older folk of Morvant have cherished
memories of Trotman as, back in
1945, he was actually one of the peo-
ple who assisted in the construction
of the Morvant Community Centre,
something Trotman is proud of.
He said: "We had no contractor,
no minister, no government to clear
the land and put up that building.
It was strictly a community effort.
It was the first community centre
to be built in the West Indies."
So, how did young Trotman
become involved in the arts and lit-
erature? "I was influenced by Geof-
frey Holder," recalled Trotman.
Through decades Trotman nurtured
and developed his artistic skills with
him doing six solo exhibitions and
his work being displayed innumer-
able occasions in joint exhibitions
Wearing a frown Trotman said:
"This country has a glut of emerging
artists but sadly lacking in galleries.
The venues to display have drastically
diminished through the years."
Trotman s work resides in the
homes of many collectors and is
mounted in hotels, government and
state entities, and offices nationwide.
The host at De Nu Pub (The Mas
Camp) for the first ten years of the
venue s existence, Trotman was
commissioned to paint huge murals
which were permanently hung at
the popular showplace.
As a dancer, Trotman performed
with some of the best in the busi-
ness, including Julia Edwards, Ald-
wyn Boynes and Stretch Cox. Local-
ly, his dancing, calypso singing and
comedic prowess have seen him per-
form at The Penthouse, Salvatori
Building, Port-of-Spain; Club Mira-
mar, South Quay; Crab Hole, Mar-
aval; Pepperpot, Bournes Road, St
James; and, Cindyanna Room of
Bretton Hall, Victoria Avenue. Inter-
nationally, he has thrilled audiences
at The Apollo, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln
Center, Madison Square Garden,
Montreal s Cross Road Club, and for
11 years at the Brooklyn Museum,
New York. In 1989, Trotman was
also the first artiste to host the annu-
al Sunshine Awards, held at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music. He
shared that role with US diva Roberta
Trotman also impressed as an
actor, his biggest role being in the
1961 movie America by Night, star-
ring Lionel Hampton, and screened
at the Astor Cinema in Woodbrook.
Opening for international superstars
was nothing new for Trotman as he
has done so for Brook Benton, Nat
King Cole, Bo Jackson, The Shorelles
and Jose Feliciano.
Other superstars Trotman has
rubbed shoulders with have included
Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Mick
Jagger, Nina Simone and Stevie
He joined Sparrow s Original
Young Brigade (OYB) calypso tent
in 1963 and took his acting ability
to the tent s stage.
Bill Trotman hopes to get assistance from the
Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism for his
museum, which should be a valuable resource once
it's completed. PHOTOS: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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