Calypso treat


The black man will come out to party on Old Year’s Night.

And the place one is likely to find hundreds saying goodbye to the old and ushering in the new, is at the Israel Lovell Foundation on My Lord’s Hill, St. Michael, where Trinidad and Tobago’s and indeed one of the region’s finest calypsonians, Black Stalin, will be holding court.

Joining Black Stalin on stage will be Barbados’ calypsonian extraordinaire, Gabby. And as if those two were not enough to ensure a thrilling time for all, patrons will be taken down memory lane with the vintage sounds of one-half of the legendary Draytons Two, Desmond Fowl Weekes.

Stalin, who has won his country’s calypso title on five occasions and the calypso king of the world title in 1999, is a regional giant who has churned out hits such as Wait Dorothy, Bun Them and Black Man Feeling To Party.

In the business since 1959, the 71-year-old often defies his age with sizzling energy that is perhaps a throwback to his days as a limbo dancer.

Stalin has mastered the art of marrying positive lyrics with spectacularly rhythmic melodies that have stood the test of time.

Gabby, seven-years Stalin’s junior, needs little introduction to Barbadian audiences. A musical icon who has served as Barbados’ cultural ambassador and won basically every calypso and cultural accolade in the island, has entertained regional folk with hits such as Jack, Hit It, Doctor Cassandra, Boots and a host of others. He has also won the Barbados calypso crown on nine occasions.

Not only has Gabby been an outstanding performer, but he has been a mentor, writer and confidant for hundreds of aspiring local and regional talents for decades. On Monday night fans can expect a total package from one of the true greats of Caribbean entertainment.

Speak about Barbados’ spouge beat and the name Desmond Weekes is bound to be mentioned. Weekes has been at the forefront of local entertainment since the late 1960s. After the tragic death of the father of spouge, Jackie Opel, Weekes as part of the Draytons Two, was one of the mainstays of the beat throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s.

Over the past decade his name has been associated with the annual Mom, This One’s For You mothers’ day show. A consummate performer and a believer in everything Barbadian, Weekes has built up a reputation as one who gives nothing but his best whenever on stage.

The doors open at 9 p.m. on Monday for the Old Year’s Night celebrations.

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