The "band of happiness" Gilharry 7 Band led things off and provided band for Rose and Rayburn.
Lord Rhaburn has almost indescribable importance for Belizean music. Short of some imaginary combination of Elvis and James Brown, he has no North American equivalent. His combo, including Herman Bennet, George Matthews, Cecil Gillette, and Carlton Usher, tore up the Belize City nightlife with their unique blend of island sounds, as well as the popular form of Bruckdown (roughly “broken down calypso”), which originated as a primitive percussion style in the logging camps of the colony that was once known as British Honduras.
McArtha Linda Sandy-Lewis
DATE OF BIRTH:
April 27, 1940
PLACE OF BIRTH:
San Juan Government School
CAREER: Born into a large family, Rose was sent to live with an aunt in Trinidad when she was nine years old. However, while growing up in Tobago, she had begun singing calypsoes and her interest in singing continued while attending school in Trinidad. In 1957, she began her calypso career at the Original Young Brigade Tent and went on to become the first female calypsonian to win a national title when she took the Road March Crown in 1977 with "Tempo." She returned in 1978 to take both the Calypso Crown ("Her Majesty" and "I Thank Thee") and the Road March title ("Soca Jam") thus becoming the first calypsonian to win both crowns in the same year. Because of her success, the name of the title was changed from Calypso King to Calypso Monarch in 1978. She later moved to California, USA, and appeared in shows with famous American entertainers such as Michael Jackson, Harry Belafonte, and Roberta Flack. Rose's career has taken her to many parts of the world, including Belize, Chile, and many of the Scandinavian and African countries.