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date: 30 March 2020

Rudder, David Michael locked

(1953– ), Trinidadian calypsonian,
  • Louis Regis


was born at the then Colonial Hospital, Port of Spain, Trinidad, on 6 May 1953. The first of five children born to Elsie Rudder, a housewife, and Lionel McLean, an oil worker, he grew up in Belmont, a suburb of Port of Spain. Belmont was a culturally diverse Afro-Caribbean center that had a yard for followers of Shango (the local name for the Orisha religion of the Yorubas), a Rada community (Rada is the religion of the Fons of Dahomey), several steelband yards, and Carnival “mas camps” (which provide costumes for Carnival celebrations). It was also home to calypsonians and badjohns, the colorful urban street fighters of the early twentieth century.

The artistically gifted David who has confessed to being influenced by Belmont s diverse community life began composing at age 14 or 15 and in the late 1960s he was a founding member of the singing group In ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.

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