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Elsworth James reclaims his space

Friday, December 31, 2010
Elsworth James

Long before today’s soca singers were in diapers, or pampers, the name Elsworth James was a household name in entertainment in Trinidad and Tobago, before he migrated to Canada. Elsworth, also a solo performer, together with cousin Jerry formed a formidable duo called Double Feature. They blazed a trail in music in the seventies, before Elsworth took on the role of promoter. In a new CD called Taking Back the Stage, Elsworth has come out swinging against those who are trying to tear him down. Though singing with the force of hurricane gale force winds, Elsworth has me puzzled—I don’t know if this song is one of joy (achievements) or pain.

However, it’s a musical treat done by Leston Paul, and a dynamic entry back in the entertainment industry as performer. Elsworth surely comes out the cage to take back the stage —a sort of reclamation of his space. How producer Leston Paul marries this commentary into a danceable number is truly magnificent. I suggest singers, calypsonians and soca artistes, make way for a true son of the soil. This song is destined to be one of the biggies of 2011. Elsworth was nominated twice for the Juno Award (Canada’s equivalent to the American Grammy Awards); in 1989 and 1990.

(CD review by Mr Muzik)


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