Adrian Bartholomew — lead singer/guitar/piano
Randy McGill — drummer/keys
Ryan Krause — bass/guitar
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Situated at the southernmost end of the Caribbean archipelago, the island nation of Trinidad has contributed far more to the history and culture of the Americas than its small size would suggest.
Since the late fifteenth century, when the island's native inhabitants first greeted the arrival of Spanish explorers, through the tragic centuries of the Middle Passage which brought African slaves to labor in the tobacco and sugar cane fields of European overlords, to its present-day status as an internationally renown destination for tourists and bankers, Trinidad's past is a fascinating and intriguing mixture of sadness and joy, "Old" World and "New," tradition and innovation.
Blending artistic and expressive elements drawn from South America, Africa, and Europe into a unique and vibrant voice of its own, Trinidad's culture is recognized the world over. Nowhere is the culture, history, and essence of Trinidad more evident than in its music.
Calypso, together with its more contemporary, up-beat offshoot Soca, is the indigenous music of the island and its people. It is to Trinidad what reggae is to Jamaica: an essential element of its people's identity, a living testament to the island's history, and the "language" by which Trinidad communicates with the world.
At the heart of Calypso/Soca are percussive rhythms. Transported to Trinidad aboard European slave ships, the drum-based music of kaiso ("kah-EE-so") was once used by the people of Africa to communicate with one another across the plains and jungles of their vast native continent. For Trinidad's slave community, kaiso served as a vital link between past and present. The music kept them connected to their original land while providing them with a common voice through which they could express thoughts and emotions often denied them by their masters. Their songs told sagas of the passage of time. They celebrated the joys of birth, marriage, and successful harvests. And they spoke of lives once lived and of hopes for a future brighter, and more free, than the present.
As memories of Africa grew dim with the birth of new generations, and as political control of Trinidad passed from Spain to France and then Great Britain, Trinidad's communities incorporated elements of these cultures into their own artistry and music. In time, kaiso was transformed into calypso, a unique and distinctive musical style known for its biting social commentary and its close association with Trinidad's Carnival celebration