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Raf Robertson

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Musician / Composer of Reggae
A.k.a. Rafael Robertson

Died December, 2015 "A respected TT pianist, composer and recording artist who’s created beautiful calypso-jazz music, Robertson has recorded four albums: Just Teasin’ (1989), Branches (1994—a tribute to Lord Kitchener), Universal Rhythm (2000) and Majesty (2011). His career began in the ’60s when, still a youth at St Benedict’s College, he’d play music with local dance combos. He then studied music in the UK and the US, before returning to make a music career in the Caribbean. He toured Europe, North Africa and the Caribbean for ten years in the 1980s with pop star Eddy Grant, and subsequently performed either as a leader or an accompanying musician in regional and international concerts and festivals. He has played with well-known artistes such as the Louisiana-born saxophonist Branford Marsalis, jazz-fusion saxophonist Grover Washington Jnr from New York and Boston-born jazz drummer Roy Haynes. Robertson has also arranged and judged pan music, and today continues to compose and play music, while also teaching music at the Tunapuna-based Birdsong Academy." http://repeatingislands.com/2015/12/09/trinidadian-jazz-pioneer-raf-robertson-dies/

        
Instruments
  • Piano
  • Keyboards
  • Percussion
  • Electric piano
  • Synthesizer
Genres
  • Reggae
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Melda on Majesty by Raf Robertson
Pan in Harmony on Branches by Raf Robertson
Forward Home on Majesty by Raf Robertson
Iron Man on Branches by Raf Robertson
Pan in A minor on Branches by Raf Robertson
Life Is a Stage on Majesty by Raf Robertson
Margie on Branches by Raf Robertson
Branches on Branches by Raf Robertson
Prelude in A minor on Branches by Raf Robertson
Bad Impression on Branches by Raf Robertson

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Band Members
Discography
Title Artist Year Type
MajestyRaf Robertson2011Album
BranchesRaf Robertson1994Album
Sideways / MoonlightRaf Robertson1978Single
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