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The old saying that "there s no other like Rudder"
held true as diehard fans came with the premeditated
intention to get as much as they could get of their
Learning that there were white jerseys on sale,
emblazoned with a Mark Lyndersay image of Rudder,
some fans, like sight-impaired Jim Morris, shed the
clothing they wore to the venue to don the much
sought after T-shirt. One veteran calypsonian, sitting
in the Grand Stand, told me, "he (Rudder) is de best
of us. I don t know any other calypsonian who could
control a crowd, for so long, as can....well, maybe
Sparrow and Stalin, to a point."
Opening for Rudder were Freetown Collective,
spoken word artistes Muhammad Muwakil and Lou
Lyons, and 3canal. FC created an animated ambience
with its performance, drawing spontaneous applause
throughout. On a Richter scale, 3Canal would have
had high reading as the much loved trio rocked the
Grand Stand, causing several patrons to vacate their
seats and come stage side for a good, old-fashioned
breakaway. Dedicating Talk Yuh Talk to the AG, 3Canal
threw the venue into a frenzy, the audience joining
in the song s sing-along refrain.
To the uninitiated, there was some discontent when
Rudder devoted the first session of his performance
to covers by other international song stars. But, having
presented him on stage so many times during the 80s
when I managed Rolls Royce International Disco, I
knew that if he intended to give a stewardship of his
singing credentials from the 60s he would do works
beside his own, the kind of songs he did since the
60s. So, session one included hits of that era, including
Eddie Floyd s Knock on Wood; Sly & the Family Stone s
Everyday People; Bob Dylan s I Shall Be Released; John
Lennon s Imagine; Joe Cocker s Feelin Alright; Sam
Cooke s A Change is Gonna Come; Rolling Stones
Satisfaction; Marvin Gaye s What s Going On; Stevie
Wonder s Signed, Sealed, Delivered; and, Bob Marley s
Stir It Up and Get Up Stand Up.
Prior to the event, Rudder said that patrons would
be "amazed" by what his repertoire might be. But,
what amazed me was how perfect his voice, pitch and
diction remained throughout the hours he stayed at
I was also impressed by the musical accompaniment
he got from an aggregation led by Wayne Bruno, and
including top-flight musicians like Canadian keyboardist
Jeremy Ledbetter, veterans Kenneth Baptiste, Albert
Bushe Jr, James Fenton, Vernon Headley, Haydn Robin,
Allan Nelson, Pedro Lezama, Stephen Villafana, Barry
Howard and former Divine Echoes princess Kensa
Thomas, and the chorus from Stacey Sobers and
The distinctive voice of former radio broad-
caster Peter Minshall served to open both
sessions as he recited a couple of Rudder s
songs to introduce them.
Rudder s Session Two opened with a soul-
ful sax solo of 1990 by acclaimed Barbadian
musician Arturo Tappin. Sporting long dread-
locks and a Scaramouche handlebar mous-
tache, Tappin was excellent, drawing oohs
and aahs from enthralled patrons.
It was around 10.30 pm when Rudder time
began and this time there was no need for
the artiste to tell patrons "your chair is your
enemy" as almost everyone present was
standing, some dancing, some singing, others
just swaying as if entranced by the local Pied
Piper on stage.
Few could anticipate what was to follow.
Opening with It Doesn t Get ... Better, Rudder
performed a set of 38 songs including Ganges
and the Nile, Oil and Music, Song for a Lonely
Soul, Jungle Fever, Calabash, Jump Up, High
Mas, Live Your Life (Like Your Play Your
Mas) and Calypso Music. Session two brought
back lots of nostalgia, causing me to reminisce
on many previous poignant moments in his
career, like chipping down Wrightson Road
to Rudder singing from Charlie s Roots truck;
the days he performed with Chris "Tambu"
Herbert on Thursday nights at Atlantis Disco
(Upper Level), in West Mall; shows he did
Under the Trees at The Normandie; and, his
Dimanche Gras performances of 1986 and
the following year.
It is difficult to pick out any one song of
the more than three dozen Rudder performed
as being better than the other. However, I
really enjoyed his rendition of Bacchanal
Lady, Haiti and New Day Dawning.
Rudder 6.0 was a once-in-a-lifetime expe-
rience and, although I chide promoters for
staging concerts that are too long, the six
hours spent at QPS was a most enjoyable
and memorable experience. It was impossible
to omit any of the selections but, should this
production be reprised, I would drop some
of them, if only for time consideration.
'There's no other like Rudder'
Popular nutsman Jumbo dances at the Rudder 6.0
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