Majesty Live (Trinidad Express Review)

Source – Trinidad Express
Date Published – Tuesday 28th May 2013
Writer – Gary Cardinez

Keyboardist Raf Robertson and a group of musicians and singers mostly from Laventille and Morvant, breathed new life into calypso/kaiso music last Friday evening at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

The local genre was given a blood transfusion of sorts as the musicians and singers transformed the calypso art form with infusions by Robertson of contemporary jazz into its melodies and harmonies.

The event was Majesty Live, a dream Robertson envisioned since he released his album Majesty several years ago. The players in Robertson’s dream were Clint De Coteau (bass), Alpha Simpson (drums), Sheena Richardson (percussion), Jesse Ryan (saxophone), Mark Mosca (steeldrums), Lion and Redman (djembe) and Jonathan Storer and Simon Brown (strings).

The vocalists were Glenda Collens, Kevin Humphrey, Ian Baptiste, Deon Baptiste, Melene Joseph, Gerelle Forbes and Ruanne Cabralis.

Robertson and his group performed six of the ten songs on the CD and added several others in the mix. Read full article here