March 2005

January 2014

ROY   CAPE

DATE OF BIRTH: April 1942
PLACE OF BIRTH: ........, Trinidad
EDUCATION:
  • St. Dominic's Home for Boys (formerly Belmont Orphanage)
  • CAREER:                                 Cape is an accomplished saxophonist who also played the clarinet and steel pan. He began playing with many bands such as Clarence Curvan and Sparrow Troubadors in the 1960s. As a member of the Troubadors, he accompanied the Mighty Sparrow from the 1960s into the 1970s and travelled with him to several countries including Grenada, St Lucia, Bermuda, St. Croix, St. Martin, Canada (Toronto), USA (New York), Sweden, Germany, and Denmark. In addition to accompanying the Mighty Sparrow, Cape travelled with calysonians such as Lord Superior and Lord Brynner as early as 1961 and later, Black Stalin. He played at the Spectacular calypso tent and formed his band, Roy Cape Kaiso All Stars, in 1980. He retired from playing in 2015 to receive treatment prostate cancer and founded the Roy Cape Foundation in June 2017 to focus on acquiring musical equipment for music programs in Trinidad & Tobago, and to mentor the young musicians at facilities such as the Youth Training Center, St Michaelís School for Boys, St. Maryís Home, and St. Dominicís Home.
    AWARD:
    • 2011 - Honorary Doctor of Letters (D Litt), University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit