A performer artiste himself, 2010 will mark the
32nd year that Trinidad & Tobago’s Winston
Scarborough (The Original DeFosto Himself - as he
loves to be called) has been singing calypsos. For
him it was an uphill struggle to be recognized by the
fraternity and public at large.
Abandoned by both his parents at the young
age of 6 months, Scarborough was sent to the Tacarigua
Orphanage in east Trinidad where he remained until age 17.
The experience in the orphanage would place an indelible
stamp on him.
One of the most important aspects of
DeFosto’s work as a calypsonian is the tributes he has paid
in song to many of Trinidad & Tobago’s cultural icons; the
late Lord Kitchener (calypsonian Aldwyn Roberts) would be
one such with whom people are most familiar.
The Original DeFosto Himself is coming strong,
dropping two big musical ‘bombshells’ for Panorama: “Smooth
Sailing” and “Pan on Fire,” the former which is featured
here. “Smooth Sailing” is a tribute to long-time
Trinidad All Stars’ steelband music arranger, the renowned
Leon “Smooth” Edwards. Undoubtedly this song will be a
key contender for the steel orchestra’s choice of 2010