St. John’s Antigua- He’s done it again. Antigua’s renowned keyboardist, piano player, composer and arranger Rawdon Edwards has released another CD. This time the 14-track album features vocals by Lady Falcon and Mean Dean of Xpress Band.
Dubbed De Ghost in Me Head, the CD features a variety of soca, calypso, jazz improvisations and even Spanish rhythms. It’s a showcase of Edwards’ skills on the keyboard.
The artiste said he likes fusing jazz with Caribbean rhythms such as soca, calypso, meringue and zouk.
“The CD has a variety of music and my music tends to be more year-round than just Carnival-oriented,” he told OBSERVER Entertainment.
“An interesting story is many years ago, actually in 1980 I teamed up with X number of Exile 1… We went to Air Studios in Montserrat did an album which sold quarter-million worldwide and I put one of my songs on the album by the name of Foxy Pat, which I understand was used by Radio France International for over five years to start and end the programme,” Edwards explained. “Some money royalties were supposed to be in France for me and I think somebody t’ief my money. So I did the song on the album this year.”
Other interesting tracks include Play one for Russell, in honour of the late Russell Hodge, One Claudette, a sort of ode to soca queen Claudette Peters sung by Lady Falcon, and a jazzalypso version of the tune familiar to many – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.
“And also there’s another nice instrumental one by the name of Happy & Luther,” he said. “Happy Lewis and Luther Françios of St Lucia – Happy of course is Antiguan.
“And there is one, Whinning on Carnival, which is a collaboration between Xpress band and myself.”
De Ghost in Me Head is currently on sale at local music outlets including Super Power Electronics and Progress Music Shop. It can also be obtained from Edwards himself or Lady Falcon.
Meantime the artiste continues to provide entertainment for the hotels. Some might see him in action at the airport’s Arrivals lounge coming off the tarmac.
Edwards is looking at celebrating 40 years in the business next year. Not bad, considering he was self-taught.
“I first started by playing the bass pans in Academy School steel band many years ago and then I kind of branched off to one or two of the bigger bands for a short stint like Harmonites, Brute Force and another called Astronauts,” he recalled. “And then my old man bought a second-hand piano and I stayed home and taught myself to play.”
The rest is history.