This morning I woke up, picked up the baby, went to her play room which is my work room that I have stayed up the night before tidying up, picked up one of old CDs and popped it in my player.

I don’t know why I did that. I just did. I just thought this morning I would love to listen to this CD I bought for P99 at an obscure music store at the top level of Gaisano department store of Market!Market! three or four years ago.

This is the unassuming CD of Harry Best and Shabang, inserted in, not even a CD case, but cardboard.

Yes, Caribbean music.



I’m For Real
Cool De Fire
Gonna Make It
Deep Purple-I
Just You
Feet on the Ground
Allez za za
Kaiso Reggae

You’ll feel the sand between your toes as you enjoy the authentic Carribean sounds of Harry Best and Shabang. Their engaging lyrics and melodies set to the infectious rhythms of Calypso, Reggae, Zouk, and Soca, and highlighted with the indigenous sound of steel drums, will take you on a virtual vacation.

Yes, the sound of steel drums is wonderful. And boy, do I need a vacation. Even if it’s just a virtual one. It would be a real one this weekend though, so I’m looking forward so much to that. (Hello Bohol!)

What’s the secret to the Shabang’s charm? They can be romantic, as in “I’m for Real,” mystic, as in “Deep Purple-I,” or rebellious, as in “Gonna Make It,” all in a relaxing spirit of fun.

Shabang’s music has been featured in many Carribean festivals over the years. Most noted are their international hit songs recorded by Calypsonian Arrow of “Hot Hot Hot” fame.

Harry Best, Shabang’s Leader, is an accomplished singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and recording artist from the Carribean island of St. Lucia. Dexter Bruce, a native of Trinidad and Tobago and a veteran steelpan-player, formerly of Our Boys Steel Orchestra, brings a special radiance to the Shabang sound. Bass player Ed (Mac) McCarver is the pillar of the band and Tyrone Gray, also from Tobago, is the drummer.

Here is Harry Best singing a pensive calypso from St. Lucia on the power of the Imagination.

And here is another :

It’s wonderful to have music like this. It’s wonderful for listening to every now and then. I don’t really know why I bought it then. I think I thought  Carribean music is just great and that P99 for some obscure band’s music is not too bad. I bought this CD along with a “Moods of Nature: North Shore Sunrise” CD…. with the tag line of “The natural sounds of the morning beach combined with the smooth piano stylings of Benny Weinbeck.” Hahaha!!