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He has delivered performances
at several World Music festivals
and performing arts centres
around the world---in the USA,
Canada, UK and Europe. He has
been featured over the years in
prestigious magazines and pub-
lications such as Germany s Gor-
genpost Stern magazine, The
Guardian in England, in the US,
the Boston Globe, New York
Times and Newsweek. He was a
cover story for Class magazine,
and featured artist in Ebony Mag-
azine. Rudder has performed with
such stars as Barry White, Billy
Ocean, KC and the Sunshine
Band, Third World, Steel Pulse,
Musical Youth, Miami Sound
Machine and Chalice.
In 1990 he sang the Bahia Girl
in Wild Orchid, a major Holly-
wood movie produced by Warner
Brothers, performing with inter-
nationally acclaimed Brazilian
singer Margareth Menezes.
Together Rudder and Menezes
sang Dark Secrets, one of three
songs. Rudder contributed to the
movie which stars Mickey Rourke
and Jacqueline Bisset.
Some 32 albums/records/CDs
later, this Trini to the bone (also
his most recent hit) shows no
sign of letting up as his fans local-
ly, regionally and internationally
would attest. He was awarded
one of the nation s highest awards
in 1992, the Humming Bird Medal
Silver for his contribution to cul-
(From Nasser Khan's feature in
the annual Ins and Outs of
Trinidad and Tobago 2013
Where were you born, and
where did you grow up?
I was born and grew up in Bel-
mont (Freetown), Trinidad s first
open university campus.
At what schools/institutions
did you receive your education?
I attended Ms Edmund s Pri-
vate School, Belmont Boys RC,
Belmont Intermediate. Then I
spent several years at the Uni-
versity of Belmont proper, honing
What are the plans for Car-
nival 2014 in terms of
My season is quite busy with
several performances at the Hyatt,
five nights at the Normandie,
Machel Monday, Kes in Concert,
Blood Bank, etc.
Plans for the rest of 2014?
I plan on completing my album
Catharsis, and hitting the road.
What is your greatest accomplish-
ment in the Carnival arena?
Greatest accomplishment in Car-
nival? Hmmm...making people feel
good and in general, making people
What was your first paying job?
Singing at concerts all over the
country with the Billy Reece rodeo in
the early sixties. I used to get $5 a gig.
If you could dine/lime with some-
one past or present, with whom you
haven t, who would you choose?
I wish I had known sooner...
I wish I could have known how to
be a better parent. Working on it still.
What is your vision of a perfect
Carnival Monday and Tuesday?
Carapichaima and Paramin on
Monday, Port-of-Spain on Tuesday
with sweet music swirling over and
around the people, making them fly.
What is the favourite part about
Carnival, outside of performing?
My favourite thing about carnival
is a steelband on J Ouvert morning.
Who has been the biggest influ-
ence on your life?
Biggest influence...apart from my
parents, I would say Belmont as a
What are some of your Carnival
Achievements...the triple crown in
1986, representing the Caribbean at
the UN, the love of the people
throughout the region. Ahhhh! Too
many to mention.
What are your favourite calypso
and soca songs of all time?
Favourite songs? That s tough, too
tough. It d take an entire newspaper!
Tell us about your inspiration to
do the type of work you do.
What feeds that founding sweetness
is the "noises" I get from the people.
What advice would you give to the
country s leaders to create a better
I can t advise the country s lead-
ers. Listening to them...they "done
know." Ok, ok...how about stop
encouraging tiefing. Start there.
What advice would you give to the
young people of T&T?
To the youth I ll say, "In spite of"
is your key to the light.
Calypso has taken you to many
countries. Can you remember them
all? Which are they?
Ahhh! Let s see. Most of the
Caribbean, almost the entire USA,
Canada, Venezuela, Panama, Brazil,
UK, Finland, Switzerland, France, Ger-
many (east and west), I was there
when the wall came down. Belgium,
Italy, Holland, Japan, Nigeria, India
Who was your hero, real or fic-
tional, growing up?
I didn t have a hero, I had heroes.
My neighbours Lord Beginner and
Edwin Roberts; Cliff Bertrand; Wendell
Mottley; Kent Bernard; Jerry Browne;
Lincoln Phillips; Sparrow, Charlo; the
leader of Sisson s Wonderland; Steve
David; Leroy De Leon; Warren
Archibald; Lord Kitchener; Alvin
Corneal; Ellis Sadaphal; the Aleong
brothers; Clive Burnette; Leslie King;
Roger Gibbon; Fitzroy Hoyte; Jean
Moutett, Bert Neptune; Sammy
Llewellyn to name a few. The Tous-
saint brothers Mackie and Roderick;
Jason Griffith; Ken Morris; Horace
"Pepperwine" Lovelace. I ll stop
because we ll need two newspapers!
Other than your singing career,
what else have you been engaged in?
I also paint, draw and was trained
in copper repoussé by the great car-
nivalist, Ken Morris. If you see copper
murals in the lobbies of the Hilton
and the Kapok, chances are you ll be
watching at work that I have had a
What daily motto/credo do you
The motto that I live by is: "How
can I be better today."
What goals and or ambitions do
you still have?
My next goal is to start writing.
Of all your accolades, prizes and
awards which do you rate as
My most special award is the love
of my fans.
You currently live in Canada...do
you have any intention of returning
to T&T to live?
Yes I do.
Describe yourself in three words,
one beginning with "D," the others
with "M" and "R," your initials.
I d say Determined, Misunderstood
WITH NASSER KHAN
David Rudder to politicians:
Stop encouraging tiefing I didn't have a hero, I had heroes. My neighbours Lord Beginner and Edwin
Roberts; Cliff Bertrand; Wendell Mottley; Kent Bernard; Jerry Browne;
Lincoln Phillips; Sparrow, Charlo; the leader of Sisson's Wonderland; Steve
David; Leroy De Leon; Warren Archibald; Lord Kitchener; Alvin Corneal; Ellis
Sadaphal; the Aleong brothers; Clive Burnette; Leslie King; Roger Gibbon;
Fitzroy Hoyte; Jean Moutett, Bert Neptune; Sammy Llewellyn to name a
few. The Toussaint brothers Mackie and Roderick; Jason Griffith; Ken
Morris; Horace "Pepperwine" Lovelace. I'll stop because we'll need two
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