Ras Shorty I

Shorty – The man who united a musical movement

Reading Time: 1 minute In this bonus episode of Talk ‘Bout Us, Franka speaks to children of the late musical pioneer Garfield Blackman, the man who created two musical genres in his lifetime. As Lord Shorty, the sexy, charismatic calypsonian, he is credited with inventing soca in the 1970s – which he originally called sokah. Soca music is […]

A fitting tribute to Shorty’s genius

Reading Time: 5 minutesAbove: Blackman children, from left, Marge, Abbi, Nehilet and Isaac lead the cast in singing Watch Out My Children. Photo by Rhianna McKenzie. A review of The Journey – From Lord Shorty to Ras Shorty I by Franka Philip. Garfield Blackman has been described as a genius by many of his peers. Known more commonly […]