Batti Mamzelle

Batti Mamzelle were a London-based funk-psych octet comprised of Trinidadian musicians. The band released one album, I See the Light, on Cube Records in 1974. Vocalist Jimmy Chambers hailed from soul-rockers Dada. Percussionists Ralph Richardson and Russel Valdez played the steel drums on “Did You Ever Love Me” from the 1973 Fleetwood Mac release Penguin. […]

Bandolero

Bandolero were a Puerto Rican psych-rock band that released a self-titled album on small-press Truth in 1970. Members: Félix “Gadget” (drums, percussion), Ismaelito (keyboards), George Matos (bass), Junior “El Loco” (guitar), José Nogueras (vocals) Bandolero issued their singular album in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on one-press Truth Records in 1970. It features 11 originals […]

Raices

Raices was a Puerto Rican Latin-jazz/rock band that released a self-titled album on Nemperor in 1975. The band were a local supergroup comprising ex-members of Kaleidoscope, Space, and Cortijo & His Time Machine. Members: Juan Melendez (flute, soprano saxophone, clarinet), Amaury Lopez (fender rhodes, grand piano, clavinet, moog, acoustic guitar, percussion, vocal), Carlos ‘Kiko’ Melendez […]

King Errisson

King Errisson (born Oct. 29, 1941) is a percussionist from Nassau, Bahamas, who has appeared on hundreds of albums over a half-century career. During the late 1960s, he assisted soul-jazz and exotica recordings by Freddie Roach, Les Baxter, and Freddy Robinson, plus soul-pop foursome The Friends of Distinction. In 1970, Errisson released his Canyon Records […]

Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean — born Leslie Sebastian Charles (Jan. 21, 1950) — is a Trinidad-born/U.K.-based soul-pop singer with a career that dates back to the early 1970s. He first recorded as Les Charles, cutting two singles for Spark Records in 1971 and 1972. Two years later, he reappeared as the frontman of Scorched Earth, which cut […]

The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End were a funk band from Nassau, Bahamas, that released two albums on Atlantic-subsidiary Alston during the 1970s. The first, Funky Nassau, spawned a stateside top-20 hit with the title-track. A lustrum later, the band issued Beginning of the End with Moog/Arp work by Three Chuckles legend Teddy Randazzo. Members: Raphael “Ray” […]

20th Century Steel Band

The 20th Century Steel Band were a Trinidadian calypso-funk ensemble that released two albums on United Artists during 1976 and 1977. Members: Fimber Bravo [aka Bravo] (pan, backing vocals), Goldfrun Moore (pan, backing vocals), Martin James (pan, backing vocals), Colin Moore (drums, backing vocals), Winston Findlay (pan, backing vocals), Gideon Rogers (pan, backing vocals), Mikey […]

Harry Beckett

Harry Beckett (May 30, 1935 — July 22, 2010) was a U.K.-based jazz trumpeter originally from the island of Barbados in the Lesser Antilles. During the late 1960s, he juggled England’s post-bop and jazz-rock camps with appearances on albums by Graham Collier, John Surman, Ray Russell, Jack Bruce, and Keef Hartley. In 1970, he made […]

Fal Frett

Fal Frett were a jazz-funk band from the island of Martinique in the Lesser Antilles. The band released three numerically self-titled albums on the French 3A Production label between 1976 and 1982. A fourth eponymous album appeared on GD Productions in 1983, followed by the properly titled Cha Pistache on Celluloid in 1985. Members: Alex […]

Earl Rodney

Earl Rodney is a Trinidadian calypso vocalist, bassist, and steel-pan drummer who was primarily active between 1970 and 1983. During the 1970s, he provided backing work on albums by compatriots Black Stalin, Lord Nelson, Mighty Sparrow, and The Troubadours. In 1974, he released the album Friends & Countrymen on Antillana. Discography: Friends & Countrymen (1974)