Shadow in 2013 Road March race
Tobago's favourite cultural son The Shadow has jumped into the national road march race for the 2013 Carnival.
The calypso superstar who won the previous road march titles in 1974 and 2001, has released the fiery hot number entitled 'Pongolay' which is a celebration and glorification of the national carnival festival. The title of the song is a reflection of the inner soul of Tobago folklore manifesting a perceptive part of the human spirit.
Shadow broke new ground and created calypso history in 1974 when he ended a ten year span between Sparrow and Kitchener who shared the national road march titles from 1963 to 1973. His innovative and immortal 'Bassman' ushered in a new era in the structure of calypso music in which the bass and drum beat became more pronounced. He also introduced a more radical imagery of calypso dress code with his trade mark black gown.
Since then, he has produced a number of mega hits including 'What is Life', 'Dingolay' and 'One Love'. After capturing the national calypso title in 2000, in 2001 he stunned the calypso world with another road march and international soca monarch winner 'Stranger'.
Now recognised as one of the living legends of calypso, Shadow has once again returned to challenge the new breed of soca artiste for the road march with an infectious and compelling composition which captures the spirit of the internationally famous Trinbago carnival.
However, Shadow will be up against a well entrenched 'soca mafia' which has cornered the national airwaves in terms of determining whose songs are given airplay. So far, those who have heard his road march contender are convinced that the Tobago bred music master is back in business.