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Published on May 30th, 2013 | by Wayne Bowman - Trinidad Express Newspapers

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Majestic Music

“Trinidad is my land and of it I am proud and glad, but I can’t understand why some people does talk it bad.”  One wonders if calypsonians Sniper and/or Penman would alter the lyrics of “Portrait Of Trinidad” had they composed it in these times. The level of crime today has truly sullied the face of the nation and leaves one to wonder just where do we go from here. Internationally acclaimed local musician, Raf Robertson in a recent interview with this newspaper expressed his concerns over what rampant crime has done to Trinidad, which he said he loves with a passion that he can’t even express.
“You have to be very concerned when the number one television programme in your country is a show about crime. Say what you will about the United States, but their top television shows are Idol and The Voice, shows about the talent and culture of that nation. The culture and sport of a nation are vital organs that can counteract crime and produce something positive for the people, especially the youth,” Robertson said.
Robertson was in fact at the Express to speak on his upcoming concert, Majesty at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s on May 24. The concert will feature Raf and a specially selected group of musicians performing pieces from his recently completed CD collection of the same title. This CD was in the works for over a year and Robertson faced a number of challenges, mainly financial, to get it completed. Just when he was thinking that Majesty would not soon be released, friends of his said to him the music was just too great not to be completed and released as soon as possible and so they offered to work with him and get it done.
“I used up whatever savings I had and what money I made to get this CD done. It was really not easy, but you can say that I am a disillusioned optimist and continued to move ahead in spite of whatever challenges. Then my friends began to say to me, let us just get the thing done and we will deal with the money after. Then as we came to a close they said let’s do this thing live and so the idea of the concert came,” Robertson said. Of course the decision to do a live concert meant more expenditure for the musician who was already strapped. The show was originally supposed to take place earlier this month, but things did not work out that way. Robertson has been doing most of the production duties for the event, running around dealing with booking venue, advertising and whatever else is needed to be done to ensure everything is in place for the night of the concert. In the midst of all this, Robertson continues to be concerned over the state of the nation and what hope is there for the people, again especially the youth.

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