It’s Naniki jazz time. And this year, it will be bigger and better, having been changed from the Caribbean Jazz Safari to the Naniki Music Festival and incorporating other genres of music.
On the cards this year, is world-renowned musician David Rudder. Rudder who gave us hits like Calypso Music, Give Praise and Rally Round The West Indies, said he was looking forward to coming to Barbados.
“It’s always a pleasure to come to Barbados. It’s like coming to a second home. So I’m looking forward to it. It’s my first gig for the New Year, so I am looking forward to getting some good sunshine and good vibes from those in Barbados,” he said.
Rudder, who will be performing at the Sunday, January 18 show, said he was excited being asked to be a part of the Naniki affair, especially one that usually focused on jazz.
“. . . A lot of my music has a lot of different influences from around the world, and a lot of my music has been transcribed into a jazz genre. So I think that was the motivation for that particular invite,” the calypso singer explained.
But while he is looking forward to coming, and he knows of his big fan base here in Barbados, there isn’t any one song he is looking forward to singing. He is just coming to entertain.
“When you start to look forward to performing a song, you should retire. You have to love what you do. All my songs are like my children. I guess that’s why I have been around so long. I treat the songs with a certain respect.
“Whatever I sing, the song I’m doing at the moment is going to be the song I am putting everything into. That’s how I approach it,” Rudder said with a chuckle.
Rudder, who resides in Canada, told Bajan Vibes, in a telephone interview, that he has been keeping busy performing all around the world and making new music.
“I’m on the road all the time. Always busy. Been travelling a lot. I just got back from St Kitts. Now it’s Barbados; then its Trinidad for five weeks.
“I just released two pieces: Move On and 868. So those two and another one will be out in another ten days or so РР Catharsis. 868 is the area code of Trinidad and Tobago. It’s another variation of Trini To De Bone. I use a lot of metaphors in the song talking about Trinidad.
“Move On is basically saying come out of the streets; enjoy life. Move on,” he added.
The Naniki Music Festival begins tomorrow, Thursday, January 15, and concludes on Sunday, January 18.