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The High Court in London has begun
hearing arguments in a copyright
dispute over 13 songs by the late
Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley.
The publisher Cayman Music is
attempting to retrieve the rights to the
songs, among them No Woman, No Cry.
It claims they were not included when
it sold some of its rights in 1992 to Blue
Mountain Music, as Bob Marley had
penned them under other people's
But Blue Mountain says the songs
were covered under the transfer deal.
The case is centred on an agreement
the two companies signed in 1992, 11
years after the music star died of cancer.
A lawyer for Cayman Music, Hugo
Cuddigan, said the songs, which were
written between 1973 and 1976, were
not part of the deal because they had
been "fraudulently attributed" to other
Cayman claims Marley did so to avoid
the provisions of his publishing
agreement with the music company.
Court battle over Bob Marley songs begins
"I was not a tragedy nor a
burden and I never thought for
one minute that I could not be
all I wanted to be."
"Storming" Tom said these
words with conviction, as he sat
in studio at i95.5FM to share
with the T&T Guardian his suc-
cess story of becoming a cele-
brated and respected broadcast-
er, despite having been born
"I always loved music and I
had a natural talent for deejay-
ing," he said.
He recalls that talent being
nurtured and developed at the
Santa Cruz School for the Blind
which he attended from the age
of four until he was 17, and also
supported by his parents who
now live in Boston.
"Those 13 years at Santa Cruz
were the best years of my life,"
In that time, Tom would make
his name hosting events put on
by the school s literary clubs.
"They would always choose
me to emcee for events because
the teachers said I had a nice
voice," he remembers.
These opportunities would
get Tom his first encounter with
radio which he described as a
significant introduction to his
Chosen to promote a big event
his school was having, he was
interviewed at Radio Trinidad
by veteran announcer Barbara
Assoon and on the now defunct
NBS 610 Radio with presenter
"The same day I did the inter-
view with Phil, I also had a tel-
evision interview with the late
Allyson Hennessy. Boy that
interview got me in some trou-
ble because I was a bit outspo-
ken," he said with a chuckle.
Tom explained there were
some things going on at the
school at the time that made
him quite upset.
"The infrastructure of the
school was long overdue for fix-
tures and I felt the principal was
dragging his foot on it."
Though the principal wasn t
pleased, he did not punish Tom.
Instead, the irate student got a
bit of diplomacy training on
addressing contentious issues
during an interview.
After completing school, Tom
began to work at the Institute
for the Blind (now called the
Blind Welfare Association of
T&T), as a handicraft worker.
Although weaving baskets was
not quite his thing, Tom did
leave his mark there as well,
being instrumental in the for-
mation of Voice of the Blind---
a movement started by him and
current executive officer Ken-
neth Suratt---to protect the
rights of visually-impaired
workers, who at the time had
no union representation. The
association is now represented
by All Trinidad Sugar and Gen-
eral Workers Union.
A dream begins to take flight
Those radio interviews Tom
had done earlier, only strength-
ened his dream of becoming a
deejay and radio announcer.
In 1988, he entered his first
public DJ challenge hosted by
Sky Promotions and sponsored
Although the competition
came to an abrupt and prema-
ture end, Tom was not shy to
boast that he was unbeaten in
"If they had only gone all way
with this competition I would
have won...there was no doubt
I would have won," he bragged.
After the competition, Tom
continued to knock on the doors
of radio stations sending in
demo after demo but was often
"I suspected I was turned
down many times because I was
blind. I mean no one ever really
told me no, but they never really
told me yes either."
Finally in 1993, a phone call
from Prime 106FM meant his
dream of being on radio would
be finally fulfilled. He was asked
by the station to co-host a spe-
cial programme with David La
Chaille, called the Disabled and
You. Tom s voice was also used
to create station IDs for the pro-
stop his radio dream
Continues on Page A34
I do everything
says I can make
You have it in
you to make it.
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Anthony "Storming" Tom.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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