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Roy Cape’s band under new management soon


- January 19th, 2014 - Legendary local music band Roy Cape All Stars will soon be under new management, band leader Roy Cape said in an interview with the Sunday Guardian on Friday. “Where I am here, I am trying to set the band up. I hope to be here for a long while still, but you don’t know what God has in mind. I am 72 years. “I am trying to set the band up, so if anything happens to me tomorrow...I have been managing the band for a lot of years, and then my son took it up.

“But I am a musician. I had to do it out of necessity. In the starting, we could not afford to pay management and things like that. But as we go along, we have reached to the point where it is necessary,” he said at the band’s room, Church St, St James.

Cape said they had to look for skilled people who could market the band, promote it, and help the band to organise its finances in a better way. He said the Trinidadian-born but Toronto-based manager would be heading to T&T by mid-February. However, no further information was given as to the identity of the individual.

The 35-year-old band has seen the growth and development of the art form of calypso and soca in T&T. Yesterday, the band was rehearsing for the upcoming Carnival season. Cape expressed joy at the recent success of Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez on the world stage, having jointly won the MTV Iggy song of the year with Korean rapper G-Dragon.

“We have a lot of things to be happy about with the success of Bunji Garlin. Although it is Bunji, but Bunji is just the medium to the whole thing. I will be 72 in April, and I have been doing this since 1958. We always had dreams that one day something good would have happened. I don’t know if I would live to see it, but I know eventually our music will make big times,” the legendary musician said.

Asked about the lyrical content of calypso/soca then as opposed to now, Cape said the two could not be compared as the technology that exits now was not present then. In the case of T&T, one was only following international patterns. He urged young performers to be themselves and no one else.