BEST CALYPSO/REGGAE ARTIST
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.