Cadillac are excited to release this slab of grooviness and deep politics ahead of a full album release sometime in 2022. Groove driven steel pan and vocals by Jazz Warrior Cleveland Watkiss, set to words by journalist and broadcaster Kevin LeGendre, it is food for the feet and for the mind. The release coincides with Trinidad & Tobago Republic Day (September 24th) to emphasise its personal and political message.
An emotionally charged, thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting song by Younger Zen depicting the lives of Trinidadian migrants leaving England, the ‘mother country’, after decades to resettle in their country of origin, where they find themselves disorientated and alienated by the ‘new’ surroundings. Musically, Cristo Redentor is an intriguing proposition that draws on the rhythmic fluidity of calypso and the fragmented grooves synonymous with broken beat but is defined by neither one nor the other. A unique and powerful collaboration, featuring the non-pareil vocals of Cleveland Watkiss (the Jazz Warriors, Jah Shaka, The Who, Bobby McFerrin).
Listen to Cristo Redentor on Soundcloud
Music & words: Kevin LeGendre
Producer: Wade Austin
Mastered: Caspar Sutton-Jones @ Gearbox
Recorded 2006/7, Walthamstow, London
Artwork: Frode Sorensen
Cleveland Watkiss – vocals
Wade Austin – steel pan, piano, programming
Konrad Zeno Foster – bass