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By this morning, Al Roker
should be awfully tired of say-
ing "polar vortex."
Actually, the Today show
weather forecaster should be
awfully tired, period. He s trying
for a spot in the Guinness Book
of World Records for the longest
continuous live weather broad-
cast, aiming to beat the current
record of 33 hours set in Sep-
tember by Norwegian TV per-
sonality Eli Kari Gjengedal.
He s doing it the hard way,
starting Wednesday evening
and going through two
overnights so---if all goes right
---he can break the record dur-
ing Today on Friday.
Asked how he was doing
Thursday morning, Roker kept
his eye on the prize.
"I m feeling actually pretty
good," he said, quickly pivoting.
"I m doing a lot better than our
friends in the Pacific Northwest,
because this is a massive, mas-
Still, after one overnight, the
60-year-old TV veteran looked
a little ragged. "He s got crazy
eyes," noted Today host Willie
Al Roker trying for record long weathercast
"I will be carrying on the
legend of my father
from now on. The time
Those were the words of Ker-
nal "Kitch" Roberts, son of the
late calypsonian Aldwyn
Roberts, better known as
the Lord Kitchener.
resigned as Machel
Montano and the HD
Band/HD Family s
came as a
shocker in the
soca world but
that it was not
because of a
at his home
and studio at
Roberts said he has
maintained a good
relationship with Mon-
tano, so much so, that
Roberts will now be joining
the band s frontline singers,
and appear alongside Mon-
tano, Farmer Nappy and
He recently released his
first song for Carnival
2015, a groovy soca song
called Soca State of Mind.
"I was never really one
to want to be in the spotlight
or wanted to be in the front.
I was always cool in the back.
I was born in the spotlight,
born to a man in the biggest
spotlight. However, this year
I reached a spot where I had this song
and I found that it was not fitting for
anybody else to sing and everything
was pointing to me and that s when
encouraged and cheered on by all my
"I took this opportunity to walk in
the footsteps of my father in the right
way. After thinking about it deeply,
the answer was crystal clear for me.
It was time for me to meet and greet
the people, at the same time enter-
taining them just like my dad used to
Roberts, who wrote five Road March
titles and four Soca Monarch titles in
the last eight years, proudly admitted
having no regrets about this latest
transition period of his life, at just 34.
Roberts also disclosed that his sec-
ond soca hit, which is expected to
be released at the end of this month
is a collaboration with Montano.
"This is one that everyone will
have to look out for. I have Machel s
200 per cent support guaranteed."
Not wanting to let too much out of
the bag for the upcoming Carnival
season, Roberts is convinced that they
already have the Road March 2015 hit.
"We already have this lock. We had
it for this year but we had to hold it
back for Machel s Ministry of Road,
which was written by Jelani Shaw, who
is a brilliant writer and I am glad that
I was able to empower him."
Referring to Shaw s incredible song-
writing talents, Roberts strongly
believes that the Power Soca industry
is lacking writers and wished for more
Shaws to come on-board.
So, what more can the soca lovers
and fans of the Lord Kitchener look
out for, from Roberts?
"I will be passing through several
calypso tents when I am not pumping
with Benjai and Machel and the HD
When asked if he had any concerns
about Carnival 2015, Roberts quickly
pointed out the deadly Ebola virus.
"I pray to God that Ebola stays away
from our shores. I remember being
told about Carnival being postponed
in 1972/73 to May because of a polio
outbreak. When Carnival did come
around then, it had washed out with
rain and that s when my dad won the
Road March with the hit Rain-O-
Rama---the current name of the res-
idence here in Diego Martin.
"So, all in all, I don t want to see
a repeat of similar nature next year
for Carnival. This Ebola thing is very
serious, it is my main fear and I hope
it is contained wherever and it stays
away from T&T."
Kitch follows in
the last eight
years, so for
him, taking the
stage to sing
like his father
is a natural
The catchy groovy soca song,
which is currently receiving a
great deal of airplay, was written
by Roberts, Tichard Barrington &
Machel Montano. It was mixed
by Azikiwe ZZ Keller, produced
by Roberts for Rama Studios &
Darryl Jrooks Bartholomew of
Next Level Studios. The song
was mastered by Bartholomew.
Roberts is managed by Jason
Singh of Soca Bookings of
Canada, the same management
team for fellow soca artiste
Rodney "Benjai" LeBlanc.
SOCA STATE OF MIND
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