Guests took part in a joyful sing along to Charming Trinidad, the title track from Germaine Scott's newest CD, Charming Trinidad-Happy Times Three, at the launch held at The Atrium, Don Miguel Road Extension, San Juan, on Saturday evening.
Charming Trinidad's repertoire is "a gourmet selection of timeless melodies-vocals and instrumentals in swing, bolero, country and western and honky tonk modes with ole time calypso jam sessions rippling with endless nostalgia. Tico Tico, C'est si Bon, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, Danny Boy and Blue Bayou fit cosily into Scott's 16 track, concert length eclectic brew that also includes six tantalising medleys.
Trini hits of yesteryear-The Mighty Terror's The Monkey and Lord Kitchener's Ol' Lady-blend harmoniously with one of the world's great calypso bards, Andrew "Lord Superior" Marcano's rendition of an original titled Charming Trinidad.
"This song is a nation building song even before we became a nation," said Superior. "It was composed by a former mayor of Port-of-Spain from a prominent family of Portuguese extract. It reminds one that calypso music transcends social, religious, racial and political lines while documenting our colourful and vibrant history."
The mayor was George Cabral Sr, Scott's late grandfather in whose honour the CD was named. "There are three new songs included in the CD composed by grandfather George Cabral Sr who was mayor of Port-of-Spain in 1947-48 and 1951-53," said Scott. "My grandfather lost his wife in childbirth with their ninth child.
"He single-handedly brought up eight young children, one son being George de Cabral who was a magistrate in Trinidad, and a daughter Isabella who was the first woman pilot in the Caribbean. After his wife's death he wrote two songs that reflected his love for her and the pain he felt at her death. They are titled The Story of Love and A Million Memories. They are included in the album and sung by my brother Louis.
"Having made two previous successful CDs-Happy Times One and Two-I have decided to forge ahead with Happy Times Three. Once again I have brought in a group of wonderful talented Trinidad artistes and musicians who gave of themselves selflessly, and I believe this is where the music lies. The proceeds go to all and any denomination, colour, creed or race."
In addition to Scott, other artistes contributing to the album are Orville Roach, Louis Delmas, Maurice Brash, Stanley Roach, Anthony "Juggy" Rose, Jenny Dickinson, Kathy Ella, Patrick Brennan, Boscoe Holder, and four of Scott's 12 grandchildren-Gilla Samantha, Raquel and Stefanie.
Delivering the feature address, Jerry Medford, treasurer of the UWI Alumni Association noted: "At a time in our history when expediency and a fast-food/quick-fix mentality appear to be readily accepted as the status quo; when standards and once acceptable mores are vanishing and quickly becoming things of the past, it is indeed encouraging and gratifying to be associated with an effort that embraces excellence at its core whilst at the same time paying homage to the rich history of our past."
The CD will be showcased at the association's upcoming wine and cheese festival next month. Scott, who is chairman of the Anthony P Scott group of companies, has deemed that proceeds from sales of the product will be used exclusively for charitable and educational initiatives.