Trials & Tribulations

As Wadadli struggled to regroup at their new location in Green Bay, Victor (Babu) Samuel came onboard as the new drummer and occupied one of the three bedrooms in the house. After a while Kumasi moved into the band house with Babu and start practicing on the keyboard.

Conrad Shaw (Cabu) was a young man who had recently returned from St.Croix and began hanging out with Kumasi and Babu at the band house. Inspired by the Rastafari culture, music and lifestyle, he started growing dread locks and eventually became the percussion player in the group.

The band played without a keyboard for a while until Ira Payne from the village of Clair Hall started practising with the group. Ira was an excellent Piano player and former school mate of Babu and Kumasi at Antigua Grammar School, but he was not fully committed, he would practice with the band but hardly ever showed up for the gigs.

Another keyboard player name Reggie Lewis, from the Villa community began playing with the band for a while. Reggie was a good organ player with experience in classical, blues and jazz music, but he was not to fond of playing Calypso. One Sunday evening the band was playing at Zanzi Bar Tavern in Urlings village and the keyboard player did not show up, so, Kumasi decided to play the keyboard after returning from the first break.

Much to the amazement and delight of the group, Kumasi played every song after the break to the end of the gig. Apparently, It was the start of a new role and challenge for Kumasi, but after doing it at a few more gigs it was obvious that the band was sounding better. Given the constant no show and disappointment with unreliable keyboard players, Kumasi eventually switched from playing the guitar and star playing keyboards in the band.