Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 2nd 2014 Contents extended my talents to soca and began
releasing/producing and writing, the oppor-
tunities came. I have been fortunate to visit
almost all the islands in the Caribbean and
have travelled throughout the USA as well
as the UK.
Who was your hero, real or fictional,
My fictional hero was He-man.
Tell us about your early years in calyp-
so...were you "discovered"?
When I began to show an interest in
singing and calypso during primary school-
days, there were a number of people who
saw my talents and assisted in moulding me
and helping enhance my craft. One person
is Larry Yearwood, who used to write my
songs for me, and the other person was Mr
Lance Heath, who mentored me.
Other than your singing career, what
else have you been engaged in?
I am not only a singer but a producer and
songwriter. Music is my life and it is all that
I am involved in. However, if I had to do
anything else, it would be in area of the culi-
nary arts, because I love to cook and always
wanted to become a chef.
If you had to choose a singer, any singer,
to perform for you, who would it be?
There are a few, but off the top of my head
I would say Anita Baker.
What daily motto/credo do you live by...
your recipe for success?
One of them is from the great Nelson
Mandela and it says: "A winner is a dreamer
who never gave up."
Describe yourself in three words, begin-
ning with K, D and B---your initials.
Kind, Driven, Bold
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Where were you born, where did you grow up and
where do you currently reside?
I was born in Pt Cumana, Carenage, which is also
where I grew up, as well as in Maloney. I lived in Eng-
land for a few years and presently reside in Toronto,
At what schools/institutions did you receive your
My pre-schooling was with Mrs Miles, which was
a private school and I attended Tranquillity Primary
Tell us about your inspiration to do the type of
work you do.
I am inspired by the people around me, my envi-
ronment and current situations. I am moved by my
genuine love for music and the creation of music
which makes my job worthwhile.
What are your plans for post-Carnival 2014 in
terms of shows/performances, etc?
I am already confirmed for a number of performances
throughout the Caribbean, USA and Canada which
will commence in less than a week after T&T s Carnival.
What is your greatest accomplishment in the Car-
Gaining the love and support of the people who
support me. I would not be in the situation that I am
in today without that immense support.
What is your vision of a perfect Carnival Monday
I enjoy every aspect of Carnival Monday and Tuesday,
to be quite honest...the colours, the people, the vibe.
What is your favourite thing about Carnival?
The vibe and the energy of those people who engage
in it. It is really an amazing feeling to see people enjoy
themselves and let go of their worries and, yes, "forget
about it," even if it is for a moment! (laughs)
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
What lessons did that person teach you?
I am influenced by my children: They look up to
me and I have to do good by them at all times. The
simple "I love you" and "I missed you, Daddy" goes
a long way in making sure that they benefit from the
sacrifices I make at all times. Because of their support
and unconditional love, I have been able to push more
and to challenge myself more.
What are your favourite calypso/soca songs of all
time, other than your own?
The first one is Watch Out My Children by the late
Ras Shorty I and the other is The Hammer from David
What advice would you give to the country's lead-
ers to create a better society?
Understand the problems that the people are facing.
The negative situations are based on the problems of
the masses; do not ignore the cries of the people. The
frustration is real and people will act out when they
feel they are not being heard.
What goals and or ambitions do you still have?
To continue to perfect my craft and to take Caribbean
music to international audiences. To create a musical
movement that not only benefits me but the genre/s
that I am involved in.
What advice would you give to the young people
It is really important to believe in yourself as a lot
of things will be difficult to acquire; but once you
keep your eyes on the prize and remain positive, even-
tually you can achieve your goals and more. Hard
work pays off.... and always be grateful and humble.
Calypso has taken you to many countries...which
In my younger years when I was singing calypso,
I was not afforded travelling opportunities. When I
Kerwin Du Bois
Kerwin Du Bois to youth:
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