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RAS SHORTY I - SHORTY'S GREATEST HITS

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RAS SHORTY I - SHORTY'S GREATEST HITS from the man who created soca music.Lord Shorty or Garfield Blackman was once referred to as the Love Man and the Sweet Soca Man.Before he changed his sobriquet name to Ras Shorty I, he had written quite a few calypsos for other young Calypsonians.Among them was "Severe Lickin" that was recorded by Baron in the early seventies.
In 1974 on a visit to Dominica, Lord Shorty was so impressed by the Creole rhythms(Cadencelypso) of Exile One,Grammacks and other local bands, that he composed a song with the help of a few Dominica artistes along with the Trinidad band, Ed Watson and his Brass Circle. The tune was called "Epete", (Ou Petit in patois)which means "You are small".Soca may have evovled after that composition because the song became widely popular in the Caribbean and the beat has been mimicked and has influenced other rhythms.Listen to the tracks carefully.
The great hits on the CD include "Epete","Shanti Om" a track with Indian rhythms and tassa drums,"Who God Bless","Sweet Music" and "Endless Vibrations",the latter two with a Rhythm and Blues or "Soul" beat.A Calypso tribute to the late "Maestro" is also on the album.

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