I first met Derek Walcott, who died on March 20, in the late 1960s when we both worked as reporters at the Trinidad Guardian and the Trinidad Evening News in my native Trinidad.
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Carol Addison shines at Queen’s Hall
Fans got a taste of the old and had a glimpse of the new Carol Addison at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, on March 23 when T&T’s acclaimed soul and gospel recording artiste appeared as the headline act on I Am Woman 3.
Dubbed “a celebration of womanhood,” the show’s lineup also included performances by Denyse Plummer, Gail Valentine, Winsie-Ann Cuffie, Kalifa Mc Alister, Judy Davis, 3Canal and the Marcia Charles Dance Company.
Addison became one of the most successful recording and performing artistes in T&T in the 1970s and 1980s and a fixture on every major show, sharing the local stage as opening act with international stars such as Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, Roberta Flack, James Brown, Natalie Cole, Lionel Richie, Teddy Pendergrass, The Spinners, The Commodores and Kool and The Gang.
Appearing on the programme’s second half, Addison extracted from her expansive songbook signature hits Born To Shine, Take Me Back and Imagine to set the stage for her musical ministry. With accompanying vocals from her daughter Mercedes she stirred the patrons’ emotions, using her powerful voice to deliver gospel selections from her current albums, amid calls for the people of T&T to acknowledge the “power of the Lord.”