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Celebrating the accomplishments of our forefathers and rejoicing in the success
of their endeavours. Taking a moment to recognize our roots and appreciate our
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Blessed by light rain on the outside,
a tsunami of music was eagerly an-
ticipated inside Queen s Hall, St
Ann s, on Friday night when Imago
Starring Raf Robertson, and artistes
from his impeccably coached group,
the event attracted a mere half-filled
hall. Seen among the music-loving
patrons in attendance were acclaimed
South African musician Hugh Masekela,
Leroi Clarke, Dawad Phillip, Diane
Dupre, and members of 3Canal.
The programme began promptly at
8 pm, Ras Shorty I s Sweet Music being
the first item. One of the night s premier
performances followed, a well-crafted
interpretation of Sparrow s Slave.
Opened with a prelude by well known
drummers Lion and Redman, this piece
featured award-winning St Lucian poet
Adrian Augier, reciting in French, and
Berklee College s Nioll Manswell doing
vocals. It was the best interpretation
I ve ever heard of Slave, one that cries
out for a much larger and international
audience. Augier is the winner of an
ANSA McAL award for the Arts.
Augier also introduced the next item,
Sparrow s Federation and Black Stalin s
Caribbean Man, rendered by Krisson
Joseph, son of late calypsonian Penguin,
and Kevin Humphrey. There was some
nostalgia in this item as background
images, designed by Jacqueline Morris,
displayed the West Indies Federation
flag, as well as a commemorative Fed-
eration stamp. Joseph remained on stage
to render Brother Valentino s Trinidad
Accompanied by UTT tutors Simon
Brown and Johnathon Storer on violin,
pan player Mark Mosca executed an
intricate solo of Kitchener s 1982 hit
Another enticingly worked cover was
Kitchener s Margie, featuring Gerelle
Forbes, as Margie, and Joseph, as Ald-
wyn Roberts (Kitch). Inside the belly
of the rendition, there was an ingenious
insert of freestyle scatting between the
vocalists, indicating heated conversation.
Gerelle is heading for Penn University
to study theatre arts.
Seeking and receiving audience par-
ticipation, Joseph sang Mighty Sniper s
immortal Portrait of Trinidad.
Renowned vocalist Glenda Collens
rocked the venue with a spirited and
awe-inspiring rendition of Ella Andall s
Bring Down the Power, complimented
by a saxophone solo by Jesse Ryan,
grandson of calypsonian Mighty
The electricity in the Hall prompted
an intermission call at this juncture,
which was followed by Brother Valentino
venturing on stage to perform his classic
Life is a Stage. Again the prowess of
Ryan was displayed in this item as he
embellished with saxophone inserts.
Former Calypso King Relator was up
next and treated his audience to the
jocular China Syndrome. Once more
Morris skill came to the fore as she did
a backdrop video of Sunil Gavaskar s
record-breaking innings as Relator per-
formed Gavaskar.Breathtaking is one
way to describe Mosca s solo on double
tenor for Kitchener s Pan in A Minor.
Solemn and thought-provoking was
the next item; Manswell performing a
heartwrenching interpretation of Kitch-
ener s 1962 social commentary Bad
Impression, aka Murder, with soloing
by Ryan. It was a sobering moment
when one digested the stark similarities
between the concerns over crime 50
years ago and today.
Ryan s arrangement of Sparrow s
Memories, again with backdrop images
of icons who ve left us, was another
poignant moment on Friday night.
Fancy Sailor, a standard by Clive
Zanda, was the programme s finale item.
Even at its conclusion patrons remained
rooted to their seats but, eventually
grudgingly exiting the Hall just over
two hours after the show began, they
were greeted to the sweet sounds of
pan in the Queen s Hall foyer.
Other artistes performing at Majesty
were vocalists Ruanne Cabralis, Ian and
Dean Baptiste and Melene Joseph; Clint
de Coteau (bass); and, Alpha Simpson
Fans raved on social media about the performance of the Raf Robertson Group at the concert Majesty at
Queen's Hall, St Anns. PHOTOS: BRIAN NG FATT
Forbes for her
with his group
at the Majesty
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