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DAVID RUD­DER David Rud­der is the best ca­lypso song­writer out there, and has been since the mid-80s, when he struck a per­fect bal­ance be­tween pop in­fec­tious­ness and po­lit­i­cal con­scious­ness. His 1990 al­bum, 1990, de­servedly scored ca­lypso al­bum-of-the-year honours at the first an­nual Caribbean Mu­sic Awards – and the ti­tle track was just plain amaz­ing. Though he’s a Toronto res­i­dent, Rud­der’s words and sound em­body the di­alect and spirit of his na­tive Trinidad, and his mu­sic has the rich, sub­stan­tial qual­ity of clas­sic ca­lypso with sharp mod­ern pro­duc­tion. It’s sim­ple, works per­fectly and al­ways has some­thing to say.

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