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"It s ah living vibration rooted deep
within my Caribbean belly..." chron-
icling, inspiring, reflecting passion
and spirit, but also foretelling for those who
have ears to listen, Calypso Music.
On the weekend David Rudder thanked
the society for the social conditioning, the
inspiration of those who went before and in
turn for allowing him to express himself in
the manner that his genes have made him
the "seed of the Growling Tiger," of Lion,
Beginner, Spoiler, Atilla, Kitchener and
David had his groundings in the urban
social melting pot of Belmont, a place from
which much has emerged.
His social heritages include the Rada and
Orisha traditions, the urban Indos, Por-
tuguese and Chinese shopkeepers, the
French-Creole along the Circular Road and
Charlotte Street Syrian pedlars and Jewish
carpetbaggers who once combed the area.
Colts, Ken Morris and "Enid" and she
man "ah Indian name Caruth," Ellis Clarke,
Rising Sun, "Big Sacks," Sunland, Dem
Boys/Dem Fortunates, Mary Jackass, the
Norville brothers, Belmont Intermediate, St
Francis and St Margaret s (Catholic and
Anglican) Olympic and Louis mauby all
In that mix of influences too were mas-
man and Colts centre forward, "Diamond"
Jim Harding, and Horace "Pepperwine"
Lovelace, two footballers and masmen.
If you know anything of those institu-
tions and individuals, you would under-
stand how they represent the social milieu
that is critical to Trinidad. Rudder absorbed
all of those influences and has been able to
reflect ourselves through the sensibilities of
the poet kaisoman.
"Shock and Awe" was how he categorised
his delivery of the first part of his 60th
birthday show. In this first part, Rudder
gave vital insights into the influences on his
music and its social consciousness.
The 1960s into the 1970s was a period of
social revolution and tumult as Black
America took the battle for social justice
and awareness to the music recording stu-
dios, to the streets, to the church. How the
likes of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Sam
Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and the
white revolutionary music, Lennon and the
Rolling Stones influenced his own musical
development was up for observation.
An artist is born with his own impulses
and abilities, but he/she is also a creature
of his environment.
Rudder demonstrated that in addition to
the genes inherited from the calypsonians
and other artists who went before, the
music from the wider international envi-
ronment also impacted his sensibilities.
Particularly interesting and clever was
how he blended the musics and the lyrics
to reflect the social and political environ-
ment of the era and its persistence today:
"I can t get no satisfaction," "Move on up
for a greater day," "What s going on ...
we ve got to find a way to bring some lov-
ing here today," "Imagine...all the people
living life in peace," "Change is gonna
But he did not forget to tell his audience
that he was beholden to them..."signed
sealed and delivered, I am yours."
What this backgrounding did was to give
an appreciation as to why Rudder has been
led by his musical, social and biological
history to tell the stories he has told.
It was all understandable after that:
Praise Song for de Panman; the lamenta-
tions of and at the same time the hope for
Haiti; his encouragement to us to Rally
round the West Indies...as the "Toussaints
go, the Dessalines will come...this is not
just cricket, this thing goes beyond the
"de mortuary full of little Trinidad
boys...dey Nike and gold teeth gone."
"Wey de man with de Hammer gone,"
leaving de Hill bare...to be satisfied by Sis-
ter Sheila s sign and the hope that he is
tuning "ah pan already" in another place.
The challenges of living away from T&T
but remaining Trini to de Bone were told.
Rudder without his titillating encounters
with the Bacchanal Lady and the Bahia Girl
would be incomplete and so that saucy
man-woman interplay was provoked.
"Dis is not a fete in here, dis is mad-
ness!" Even though the marketing people
attempted to insert "Rudder" in place of
the insanity, the fans overwhelmingly chose
"madness," perhaps to better describe the
state of the society at this juncture.
To fulfil his objective as a calypsonian to
make politicians cringe, Rudder, vigorously
assisted by 3Canal, did not disappoint.
Wendell Manwarren and the group
reminded us of our lost humanity: how we
have forgotten to say "Morning,
But they were brutal against those tem-
porarily in control of the power. To those,
3Canal promised "de fire next time...who
ent dead badly wounded," of which they
made a special dedication to "Anand,
Kamla and the Range Rover man."
Rudder himself chose to reject the
firetruck story as given: he believes what he
believes and did not give a "firetruck"
about who vex.
On the night when Rudderites feared he
would leave without his defining piece, they
began Calypso Music and he joined them.
"It doesn t get better than this."
Where bribery flourishes
(and where it doesn't)
In Zimbabwe, women deliver-
ing babies at a hospital were
reportedly charged US$5 for every
scream. In Bangladesh, corrupt
building practices were believed
to have contributed to the collapse
of a garment factory complex that
killed more than 1,000 people.
These are some of the ways that
corruption affects people around
the world, according to a new
report from Transparency Inter-
national. The Berlin-based watch-
dog s Global Corruption Barometer
2013 makes for sober reading.
More than one in four people
reported paying a bribe when using
public services and institutions in
the previous 12 months, according
to a survey conducted in more than
The figures were highest in the
African nations of Liberia and Sier-
ra Leone, where 75 per cent and
84 per cent of those surveyed paid
a bribe, respectively, the report
says. That is compared with just
one per cent in Australia, Denmark,
Finland and Japan. In the United
States, seven per cent of those sur-
veyed reported paying a bribe.
More than 114,000 people in
107 countries were surveyed
between September 2012 and
March 2013 for the report.
Nearly nine out of ten said they
would act against corruption, and
two-thirds of those who were
asked to pay bribes said they had
refused at least once, the report
Too often, however, the insti-
tutions responsible for fighting
corruption are themselves viewed
as corrupt, the report says. Police
were viewed as the most corrupt
institution in 36 of the countries
surveyed and the judiciary in 20
Trumping them all were political
parties, which were viewed as the
most corrupt institutions in 51
countries, including the US.
"Dis is not a fete in here, dis is
madness!" Even though the
marketing people attempted to
insert "Rudder" in place of the
insanity, the fans overwhelmingly
chose "madness," perhaps to better
describe the state of the society at
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