Feel­ing good with Jah­butu

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE 'N' LOUD -

mem­bers born and bred in the Caribbean is­lands of Trinidad and Puerto Rico, Jah­butu are one of the only authen­tic reg­gae bands work­ing the south­east Queens­land cir­cuit. The self-de­scribed feel­good trio is fronted by Alvin Rostant, who is also known as ‘‘Jah­butu’’. Their shows ex­plore the sounds of their is­land homes as well as other Caribbean styles, in­clud­ing ca­lypso, soca, zouk and Latino in their sets. Add to that their take on a swag of soul, African, jazz and coun­try favourites and Jah­butu have found a unique groove. Rostant first learned to play the unique steel pan as a mem­ber of his fa­ther’s band, be­fore tour­ing the US, Canada, Asia, New Zealand and in 1974, Aus­tralia, as lead pi­anist and vo­cal­ist for Am­rals Trinidad Cava­liers Steel­band. Ac­tive in men­tor­ing keen pan play­ers at home, Rostant and his band­mates have be­come pop­u­lar fix­tures at fes­ti­vals and cor­po­rate gigs throughout Aus­tralia, with Rostant singing the West Indies’ cricket an­them at the MCG, Gabba and the WACA in Perth. He’s played ev­ery­where from Expo ’88 to Warana, the Childers, Bund­aberg and Wood­ford mul­ti­cul­tural fes­ti­vals, and at V8 Su­per­car races. Jah­butu have also toured in­ter­na­tion­ally with Roberta Flack, Tim Finn, Mar­cia Hines and Tommy Em­manuel.

Jah­butu play South­port Sharks to­mor­row at 8.30pm. En­try is free.

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