Saturday June 9 is the date and Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts will be the venue for David Rudder’s 6.5, milestone celebration of his 65th birthday. Rudder, who turned 65 on May 6th, has chosen to share this birthday with his audience. He performed at a May 6th Concert in Trinidad and was also presented with a symbolic “Key To The City” by the Mayor of Port-Of-Spain, the twin island’s capital.
Call him a griot, a storyteller, a sweet calypsonian. singer songwriter David Michael Rudder has created music that is a unique blend of calypso, pop, jazz, and blues that transcends the boundaries of culture, ethnicity, genre, language and geography.
Heavily influenced by the Shango rhythms of his childhood, Rudder’s lyrics have captured the essence of what it means to be Trinidadian, Tobagonian, Caribbean, human. His music has gone beyond its roots in the carnival circuit of Trinidad, to major music festivals around the world, movie and television soundtracks, performing arts centres and university lecture halls. His call to “Rally Round the West Indies” became a unifying anthem for not only the West Indies cricket team, but the region as a whole.
Over the course of his career David Rudder has released over twenty albums and performed in major venues across the Caribbean, North and South America, Europe, Africa, Japan and India. In 1996, he was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and in 2015, Rudder was honoured with an Honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) by the University of the West Indies (UWI) for his body of work and contribution to Caribbean culture.
RUDDER 6.5 is more than a birthday party. It is a celebration of a career that spans five decades, and a milestone in the life of an artist who has shared the art form of calypso with the world…a man who is, quite simply, a living legend.