Brother Resistance :: were soca and rap met


Born as Roy Lewis, became Rastafarian Lutalo Makossa Masimba, known in the Rapso arena as Brother Resistance. Grew up in East Dry River, area of Port of Spain, in Trinidad. He became in 1979, among with Brother Shortmanthe the lead singer of the Network Riddum Band. They developed a unigue hybrid of soca and rap, called rapso, a style for which they credited Lancelot Layne as the originator. Their 1981 debut album “Busting Out”, became a major hit defining the musical style that would come to be known as Rapso. It was the first this term used.

Rapso music is the poetry of calypso and the consciousness of soca and was formed out of the spoken word

Rapso music is the poetry of calypso and the consciousness of soca and was formed out of the spoken word. Since its creation it has been infused with soul and reggae music, originated in the 1970’s, and has its historical roots in the African tradition of Griots. It was created to express the concerns of the poor people and describe the everyday life in Trinidad . During the 70’s Trinidad and Tobago experienced much political and social unrest, afflicting the nation throughout 70’s and 80’s. But also it was the rise of the Black Power Movement.

Brother Resistance played a significant role in the Rapso movement, deploying his music to spread messages of hope and liberation. The authorities took Brother Resistance’s rising status seriously, destroying what they could of his studios and leave only a small amount of his music. His finest work remastered and repressed by Left Ear Records for first time…the music and the message is still on, by the voice of resistance!