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“Musical Vengeance”

Music Composer:  Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

Singer: Anslem Douglas          


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Len “Boogsie” Sharpe

This gift, known to many as “perfect pitch,” has taken Boogsie to musical heights only dreamed of. He was awarded the Humming Bird Silver Medal in 1987 and was also named Cultural Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago (as well as David Michael Rudder) in 2000. These are just two of the many awards and honours he has received for his musical excellence.

As a cultural icon in Trinidad and Tobago, pan player, arranger, and composer, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, is dedicated to bringing music that people from all walks of life can appreciate and enjoy. He channels his musical talents through Phase II Pan Groove.

Led by Boogsie, the four-time panorama champions compete in most of the national steelband competitions throughout the year and are also involved in many shows, entertaining the public of Trinidad and Tobago.


Len ”Boogsie” Sharpe’s “Musical Vengeance” sung by Anslem Douglas is the choice of five steel orchestras in the Northern Region of Trindad and Tobago.

Anslem Douglas
Anslem Douglas’ musical journey took root with his admiration of the folk performers, in the local community centre in his native village of La Romain, Trinidad, along with the influences of his older sister, who impressed upon him with her talents for writing and creating poetry.

Anslem’s musical development began to flourish in the local Pentecostal Church singing in the choir. At the age of sixteen, he formed his own group called Exodus; this gave him his first real taste of stardom.[citation needed] The band became popular and they were often requested to perform at various venues around Trinidad.

However, in 1984, Anslem enlisted with the National Coast Guard in Trinidad, where he served for six years.[citation needed] During this time he continued to sharpen his vocal skills, performing with the Coast Guard institutional band at local venues. From there he moved on to singing various genres of music and eventually discovered the Soca music culture.

He recorded his first song in 1988 with Fireflight, and then joined the band Atlantik giving audiences a taste of his unique, husky yet sultry sound.

His musical influences includes such artists as Blakely and Lord Kitchener, to the honey tones of R&B greats like Peabo Bryson and Stevie Wonder.

Douglas released hits such as “Good Music to Dance” and “Who Let the Dogs Out.”  Other releases include “Soul Island” from the Friend CD and “Abuse” from his 2000 CD Sir Anslem Douglas.




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