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David Rudder's decision to go completely soul,
using pop music from the 60s and 70s for the opening
segment of his 6.0 concert at the Grand Stand, Queen's
Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, last Saturday night,
generated mixed reactions from patrons, being hailed
in some quarters, and criticised in others.
Taking the stage at 9.15 pm, following an energy-
bursting performance by 3Canal of a repertoire that
ignited the large crowd which included popular favourites
Good Morning Neighbour, and Talk Yuh Talk, Rudder,
backed by Wayne Bruno and Rapid Response, offered
a number of hit songs from the past from artistes such
as The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, The Rolling
Stones, and a host of others that he alluded to as having
had an influence on his chosen career as an entertainer
and recording artiste.
Among the selections were Knock On Wood, Sat-
isfaction, Imagine, What's Going On, and Any Day
Comments sourced from among the crowd during
the more-than-an-hour-long performance were both
complimentary and unflattering.
"People have been saying Rudder sings the same
songs on every show, so I find this a nice change," said
a well-known record distributor.
"The man is showing off his versatility, and should
be complimented," observed a Culture Ministry official.
"Rudder is just awesome singing those songs," gushed
a young female in the company of a mixed group of
On the flip side, a visitor from Scandinavia was not
"If I wanted to hear these songs I could have stayed
home and played CDs," she grumbled.
"Instead of learning the lyrics of all those songs, he
could have learned the lyrics of calypsos from that
period and sung those," opined a member of a popular
"While it's Rudder's concert and he decides what to
sing, he could at least have established a Rudder presence
first with a few bars of one of his popular compositions
before inflicting this foreign stuff on us," said another
After the interval, however, all was forgiven, and
Popular Barbadian jazz/reggae saxophonist Arturo
Tappin played the notes of Rudder's 1990 from offstage
to introduce the star performer, who opened with It
Doesn't Get Too Much Better Than This from the album
Zero released in 2000, and followed with Ganges and
The Nile, Soca Music, Trini To The Bone, Bahia Girl,
Bacchanal Lady, Nuff Respect, Hoosay, Rally Round
The West Indies and Haiti I'm Sorry.
By this time, the huge audience had abandoned chairs
and was on its feet, singing along and swaying to the
music. Master musician Pelham Goddard joined the
musical aggregation for the songs Jungle Fever, Calabash
and Jump Up, which he had arranged for Peter Minshall's
early Carnival presentations, and pannist Yohann
Chuckaree provided additional accompaniment for the
praise song Dedication.
As he promised, Rudder sang for his fans until almost
2 am Sunday, and almost everyone stayed until the last
note was sounded.
CHARLES KONG SOO
Vice President of Operations at
Caribbean Airlines (CAL), Captain
Jagmohan Singh, has been appoint-
ed to run the day-to-day operations
of the airline following the sudden
resignation of acting CEO Robert
Corbie on Friday.
In an interview, CAL communi-
cations manager Clint Williams said,
"Captain Jagmohan Singh, the vice
president of operations, is currently
at the helm.
"He was appointed by the board
to manage the day to day operations
of the airline at this time."
On the issue of Corbie's sudden
departure, Williams said, "Naturally
the staff are surprised by Mr Corbie's
resignation, but we are an airline
and we are used to going through
challenges and surprises.
"The operations of the airline of
course will continue with the excel-
lent team that is in place."
Corbie released a statement to
CAL staff members on Saturday,
indicating that he had tendered his
resignation on Friday and the board
had accepted it with immediate
"After 29 years in the aviation
industry during which I have seen,
learned and experienced much, I
close this chapter of my career, with
a heavy heart but optimistic outlook,"
"The decision to leave the airline
that has been my virtual home for
so many years has not come easily,
but I do so with the knowledge that
my legacy is the strong team at the
helm of the operations of the com-
CAL chairman Philip Marshall
could not be contacted for further
Singh takes the helm
from Corbie at CAL
Rudder finds Grand Stand
favour at three score
David Michael Rudder engages his audience as he
performs at the concert, Rudder 6.0 at the Grand
Stand of the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain
on Saturday night. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
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