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"But, in this cokee eye society of ours, the
one you focus on to the take the music higher
might not be the one to do so eventually.
One can tell that there was thought and care
in making Differentology."
Urging musicians and producers to consider
their craft as "serious business."
"You cannot thumb a ride on the highway
of the international music industry. We are
intent on trying to get to the end of the
tunnel without first taking into consideration
the dark areas and obstacles in the middle.
To get from where we are to achieving our
goals there s always stuff in the middle to
encounter. We are never able to get through
all those distractions and non-productive
flotsam in the middle," Robertson said.
About Majesty Live the show, Robertson
said: "When a musician does a new CD the
normal thing is to have a launch. This CD
took about a year to do and used up all the
money I had. So, without the funds to launch
it, I decided to do a show.
"I also wanted to do the show because
some of the musicians on the CD were here
for Carnival and they suggested that we do
the music live; their sincerity convinced me
to do it. We originally wanted to do Majesty
Live on Mother s Day but that fell through.
I also got a few young people together and
formed a vocal choir.
"In life the only person who can stop you
show. Apart from receiving a few dollars
from some friends, no one, corporate or oth-
erwise, helped me with this venture. Dennis
Ramdeen and his Pepper organisation have
tried to assist me, as well as Glenda Collens.
I ve soldiered on, using whatever little savings
"I feel that what I am doing what people
need to be doing. Right now in this country
it s only bad news. If, through my music and
this show, I can give people something to
enjoy then I would have achieved what I set
out to do. I am determined to make people
focus inward, enjoy my music, and be inspired
to move forward."
Majesty consists of ten tracks and, despite
being released to all the radio stations, none
of its tracks are heard. Disappointed by this,
Robertson quipped: "A musician friend was
telling me recently that T&T is very sick and
there is no cure for its ailment. While I strug-
gle for exposure and assistance in the media,
and I am being refused, there s media who
are sponsors of the Peter Cetera and Air Sup-
ply concert, doing full page colour ads almost
on a daily basis.
"The lack of respect for our arts and our
musicians has made people very busy but
unproductive. Nobody is really sitting down
and doing anything artistically relevant or
substantial. Everybody s just busy running
around, getting no where.
"I would like to alert the public that a
tsunami of political distraction is coming to
this country and it is of neither worth or
value, or anything positive for our nation. I
am inviting the population to take time out
and come and sit and enjoy some great
Majesty Live is headlined by The Raf
Robertson Group, Relator, Bro Valentino,
Glenda Collins and Robertson s Vocal Ensem-
Saying that he prefers to keep to his chest
details of the show, Robertson said: "I don t
want to let too much out of the bag but,
doing lead vocals on the night will be Krisson
Joseph, son of the late Mighty Penguin (Seadly
Joseph), who has a remarkable voice. There s
also saxophonist Jesse Ryan, grandson of the
"Something adventitious (sic) that
has survived un-sayable conditions to
arrive in its own right and legacy---a
musical form identical to the resolve of
a people to recapture the strains of the
ancestral voice beyond bewildering
extremes of psyche bemusement---
makes its presence felt in the fulfilling
genius of our virtual musician, Raf
"His selection is an act of trust that
combines his own unhesitant
compositions, as well as those that
profile legendary calypso virtuosos
such as The Mighty Sparrow, Andre
Tanker, The Mighty Kitchener, Lord
Shorty and Brother Valentino bringing
to fruition an unexampled work that is
sealed in his deft signatures and the
mature light of his arrangement skills
where Calypso achieves an inward
luminosity, not only via its jeweled
studded grandeur, but also with
mysterious cadences that contemplate
prophetic certainties: moreover, in this
instance, the Majesty that is singly the
spirit of the Calypso.
"Raf's impressive entourage includes
Brother Valentino, Carl Jacobs, who
ably embraced this act of conscience
with cordial significance, divining the
enigmatic spell of historical musical
(Majesty CD liner notes)
Majesty, the latest CD by Raf Robertson will be launched at Queen's Hall on May 24.
'Musicians need to consider craft as serious business'
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