Feeling good with Jahbutu
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.