Founder of the Roy Cape All Stars, veteran saxophonist and renowned author, Dr. Roy Francis Cape, has expressed his great pleasure at the historic musical collaboration between Soca Ambassadors Machel Montano and Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez from Trinidad and Tobago.
The local music industry has been abuzz with the surprise release of the duo’s groovy single, entitled “Buss Head”. The song was released last Friday and has since gone viral in various music circles. “I think it is something fantastic– really a proud moment for the Soca movement. This makes me feel good, I’m thrilled!” exclaimed Cape, fondly known as Pappy.
Dr. Cape, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, went on to say, “(…) after 57 years of being a musician, it’s fantastic that I would actually live to see this moment. They (Montano and Alvarez) have been kind of apart for some time, so for them to do a collaboration it would have to mean that things have gotten better personally and professionally. There had to be a mutual feeling of respect there. The song is a great message of healing, and it is a call to action for everyone responsible for pushing our culture forward and upward.”
The “Duke Ellington of Calypso Music” commended the two former International Soca Monarch Kings for displaying their growth through the art form and encouraged others to step up and do the same. “When Roy Cape All Stars came into existence almost 40 years ago, the goal was always success and togetherness; the band will always be a space where artistes and musicians could feel safe and hone their various creative talents.” This year, the frontline vocalists for Roy Cape All Stars include Blaxx, Tizzy from Antigua, Teddyson John of Saint Lucia and Ricardo Drue of Antigua. “Bunji and Machel are setting an example through art. This generation must continue to do the work,” explained Cape from his home in Oropune. “A collaboration like this between two of our most popular, talented Soca artistes is exactly what our industry needs more of to be respected on the international stage – excellence, respect and unity.”
With the “Season of Brass” well underway for the Roy Cape All Stars this Carnival 2017, Dr. Roy Cape looks forward to more offerings with great anticipation as the season progresses.