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Calypsonian Daniel Brown
(Trinidad Rio) grew up at the Bel-
mont Orphanage. As his career
blossomed, Brown constantly
devoted his time and talents to peo-
ple incarcerated in institutions like
Youth Training Centre (YTC) and
Carrera prisons. During Carnival,
Brown was honoured by YTC---A
Tribute To Rio. The young men
sang his hits like Back To Basics,
Travelling Man, No Drawers and
Big Wood Man. Bare-backed and
with bow-tie, they imitated his
stage persona to the nines. He was
presented with a plaque. Sharing
his milestone was his wife Kather-
ine Garmmon and children.
At Nu Pub, Woodbrook, recently,
Brown said, "It is beyond expression.
It s a monumental expression for
what it is and where it came from.
The recognition and respect I got
from them. It meant a lot for me.
It was like watching myself on stage.
I grew up in a similar institution. I
was never in jail. It was Belmont
While others may have hidden
their past, Brown said Belmont
Orphanage had a positive impact on
his development and passion for
music. He holds no grudges against
his mother, the late Olivia Brown,
for making the decision to send him
there. "It was an obvious blessing.
I was in there from eight to 16. I
come from a large family...nine chil-
dren. My old lady put me there
because it was tough. But she never
turned her back on me. She would
always come and visit. I learnt dis-
cipline. We marched barefooted on
the street. I learnt music. I learnt to
play trumpet and French horn. I
learnt joinery," said Brown.
Brown began to discover his love
for singing there.
"I took part in competitions and
won. I would listen to the station
Radio Rediffusion. I instinctively
knew music would be part of my
life. I thank God for music because
without it I don t know where I
would have been," said Brown.
Inspired by Pretender
Brown was inspired by the late
great Pretender s (Alric Farrell) calyp-
so Never Ever Worry.
"I played that song all over in my
head. I said this message is so simple
and deep. When you are going
through hard times, it does not mat-
ter what happens. Doh mind if you
suffering bad. Just talk to God. It
stuck with me. I decided to sing a
message song Sambo."
Asked what he felt should be done
to help youth Brown said, "They
need guidance and discipline. I am
an altruist. I am a missionary calyp-
sonian. I put a bit of humour in my
songs but the message is profound."
Asked about Carrera Brown said,
"For years, I would go back as a guest
artiste at the calypso competition.
It could be made into a tourist resort.
It is a nice location. They let Cen-
tipede Island go to waste."
It was a blessing to grow
up in Belmont Orphanage
He was born in San Fernando
but his family was from Claxton
When he left the orphanage, his
first job was as an apprentice to a
shoemaker. "It was $8 a week."
During his childhood, Brown
remembered his mother playing
an Old Mas character.
"Today there is a bit of sadness
when I realised how she struggled
to take care of us. My old lady
was tall. And in those days, if
they recognised you, they would
say "Old Mas, I know you." It
meant you would get no money.
But she still got. She would come
with a pan full of pennies and
coppers. It was a joyous
experience for us as children."
Brown finds peace at
picturesque Talparo where he
owns land. "I always wanted a
place with a river flowing through
it. The birds are singing. The place
is pristine. I say God's face is in
Talparo. The people are warm. I
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