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I have great admiration for maxi taxis, especially
when most of the venues I had to visit were situated
somewhere along the East/West corridor. Whether
you are travelling to Morvant or Curepe Junction,
Laventille or Tacarigua, Caroni or Warrenville, Beetham
Estate or Belmont, you certainly see true Trinidadian
life as you stand in the hot sun waiting for that maxi.
I do not drive, and I got to all my Alta venues, courtesy
maxi taxis, in safety and on time.
All these experiences that I absorbed and inhaled
contributed to my gradual exposure to a culture that
I found to be richly creative, crazy and diverse, full of
frustrations and rewards at the same time. Special
thanks to Alta for helping me "breathe in and touch
a society that so easily could have been beyond my
Finding a sense
of purpose again
Play your part to build literacy. If you have time,
volunteer to be a Reading Circle guide or to assist
students on the computer. If your time is already
booked, sponsor an Alta student for the year
(TT$500). Call 624-Alta (2582), 664-2582, 653-
4656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight, 3Canal will be the special guest
performing at the fifth edition of Caribbean
Night, at De Nu Pub (The Mas Camp),
Woodbrook, at 9 pm.
Pelham Goddard, the man behind this
fortnightly special, has been responsible
for some of the biggest soca hits of the last
four decades. He has been the musical genie
behind the late Maestro, Calypso Rose,
SuperBlue, David Rudder and Chris
Musician, arranger, producer, Goddard
began his career at a very early age, since
the days of the combos, graduating into
the studio as the keyboardist for all the big
name artistes of the era. He played every-
thing, be it calypso or local pop ballads and
was eventually also part of the creation of
a new hybrid calypso genre, made by Lord
Shorty, the late Ras Shorty I.
In 1975 a small group of musicians which
comprised of drums, bass, guitar, saxophone
and Goddard on keyboards formed a band
and called it Sensational Roots. The band
was based at KH studios in Sea Lots where
it did most of the studio s products on
its label, on the Kalinda label. The quickly
hailed as the country s top studio band
and was hired the do a project with the
Wild Fire singing group, embarking on a
whistlestop tour, traversing the entire
nation, with star guests like Mavis John.
Roots also worked with celebrated playwright Derek
Walcott on one of his productions at The Little
Carib Theatre in Woodbrook.
In 1976, when the studio upgraded to 16-track
facility, New York-based Trini entrepreneur Rawlston
"Charlie" Charles signed Goddard and Roots to
record the calypso Savage with Maestro. The single
was a mega hit. That year, Roots also was also a hit
for Labour Day Carnival. After producing Kitchener s
Christmas hit Drink A Rum, Charles decided to
sponsor Roots as a road band. Now known as Char-
lie s Roots, the aggregation set about promoting the
new wave sound of soca.
On Charles CR label, in 1977, Roots produced two
songs for Maestro--Calypso Music and Play Me. The
band also did More Tempo and Action Is Tight for
Calypso Rose, and she won the Road March title, a
first for Goddard.
After the Carnival 77, Roots returned to New York
and purchased all the instruments and equipment
to start Charlie s Roots, officially launched in July
1977. Ironically, simultaneously, on the same night
of the launch, a new mas band was launched by a
talented artist who would change the face of T&T
mas forever--his name was Peter Minshall. Minshall
and Charlie s Roots remained joined at the hip for
the next 15 years.
In 1978, Calypso Rose repeated the Road March
with Goddard s arrangement of Come Leh we Jam.
What happened next was a slew of Road March vic-
tories for Goddard, producing hit after hit for Blue
Boy (SuperBlue), Penguin, Rudder and Tambu. To
this day no one has matched Goddard and Roots
record of 12 Road Marches and most popular songs.
Included among these hits are Soca Baptist, Rebecca,
Ethel, No No We Aint going home, Free up, Bahia
Girl, The Hammer, This party is it, Permission to
mash up the place, and Bacchanal Lady.
In 1985, Goddard and Roots introduced Caribbean
Night, on a Thursday night, at Atlantis Club in West
Mall, later renamed Upper Level Club. This pro-
gramme that grew into something very massive as
the aggregation showcased all the music of the
The second coming Caribbean Night has quickly
become a regular fixture at The Mas Camp. Blessed
with a wealth of superb musicians, Goddard and
Roots are guaranteed please crowds at any kind of
The band comprises of a 12 piece orchestra and can
be contacted for bookings at 738 6940/628 1823, or
by e-mail at email@example.com.
Roots to jam with 3Canal at Caribbean Night
The second coming Caribbean
Night has quickly become a
regular fixture at The Mas Camp.
Blessed with a wealth of superb
musicians, Goddard and Roots are
guaranteed please crowds at any
kind of event.
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