LORD NELSON VERBATIM: THE BRADLEY CONNECTION
I began working with dive since the 70s, recording for KH
Records. We did songs like “Black Gold,” “Shango,” “Calistra
Jackass”... Later on came "Disco Daddy.” “Mih Lover,”
“We Like It” and so on. And when we up-scaled the
music and came to those later ones some people started
saying that we crossed over. We didn't really cross
over, it’s just that I did things differently than regular
straight-through calypso. They used to say my music was
foreign music. They didn’t have a name for it. Clive
said, 'What we have going here, Nello, ii will take them a
long time to realize it.' And that was the truth.
It's a funny thing. I can ‘1 play an instrument, but I
can hum things, bass lines and so on - all the bass
lines are mine. What I usually do is do a bass line
before I could make a song. Once I get the bass line I
work the song to suit. And he was amazed that I could do
these things, that I could create what I created there. And
he happened to be the kind of person who could fix the
creation. He would get on the piano and reproduce the
stuff fur the instruments.
Of course I knew of his great love for steel band music too.
I was aware of his earlier years of involvement with Despers
up the Hill. One of my memorable collaborations with
him was “Going and Party Tonight” when the band had to go to
court to he placed back in the competition.
We were like family I knew all the kids, knew his wife
visited my home. He visited my home. I visited
his. We spent a lot of time together.
As far as "Brados", it seems like he (Les Slater) read my
whole system, read my thoughts. I would have loved to do
something like that but I didn‘t think I was capable.
And God sent me somebody who was capable and showed me it
could be done. I think it's just about the perfect
tribute I would want to pay to Clive Bradley.