LEGENDS

This page is dedicated to the many individuals who have passed on, who have made a major positive impact
to our culture, chutney music development and industry.
This page will be here for years to come to remember these individuals. Hope you enjoy.

 

 


 

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Birth name Sundarlal Popo Bahora Born November 4, 1943(1943-11-04) Origin Monkey Town, Barrackpore, Trinidad & Tobago Died May 2, 2000 (aged 56) Genres Chutney Years active 1970–2000

Sundar Popo (born Sunilal Popo Bahora, 4 November 1943, Monkey Town, Barrackpore, Trinidad & Tobago, died 2 May 2000) was a Chutney musician from Trinidad and Tobago. He popularised Chutney music, beginning with his 1970 hit Nana and Nani.

Sundar Popo grew up in a musical family. Both his parents were musicians; his mother was a singer and his father was an accomplished tassa drummer. At the age of 15, he began singing at bhajans at church and weddings in his hometown of Monkey Town. Bahora worked as a watchman at a Barrackpore factory, and trained under Ustad James Ransawak. In 1969, at a mattikoor in Princes Town, he met Moean Mohammed, a radio host and promoter. After listening to "Nani and Nana", a song with lyrics in both Hindi and English, describing the affairs of an Indian grandmother and grandfather, Mohammed got maestro Harry Mahabir to record the song at Television House, accompanied by the BWIA National Indian Orchestra. The song revolutionized East Indian music in Trinidad & Tobago.After the success of Nani and Nana, Bahora devoted more of his time to his singing career. He followed "Nani and Nana" with an album combining Trinidadian folk songs with traditional Hindu material. In total, he recorded more than fifteen albums. He is best known for his song Scorpion Gyul which spoke about love, death, and happiness. His other hits include "Oh My Lover", "Don't Fall in Love", and "Oh Lover You Leave Me and Gone". His songs were covered several times by the Indian duo Babla & Kanchan, who had a major success with a version of his "Pholourie Bina Chutney", bringing him to a wider international audience, and leading to tours of Europe and the United States.

It was through the production and promotion of Mohan Jaikaran and his JMC music empire and later with Masala radio that Sundar Popo became recognized as the pioneer and founder of Chutney music. There wasn't a chutney show in Trinidad or New York City promoted by Jaikaran that Sundar Popo wasn't a part of. Jaikaran's Mother's Day concerts were always headlined by Sundar Popo.

Popo won many awards during his career, and in 1995, Black Stalin won the Trinidad & Tobago Calypso Monarch title with his "Tribute to Sundar Popo".

In addition to his solo albums, Popo has also released collaborations with Trinidadian performer Anand Yankaran, and JMC Triveni.

While Popo had recorded and performed prolifically since the early 1970s, failing health and eyesight forced him to slow down. At the 2000 Chutney Monarch competition, his performance had to be cut short after one song, and he played his final concert on 1 April 2000, in Connecticut. On 2 May 2000, he died at the home he had built in Barrackpore, from heart and kidney ailments relating to diabetes.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Kanchan, versatile singer and International exponent of the chutney genre. She along with her husband Babla formed the Babla & Kanchan orchestra. The duo devised the now famous Disco “Dandiya genre. Together they have been performing for the last 40 years in various parts for the world. Kanchan is a celebrity in countries like West Indies where she has endorsed brands like Johnson & Johnson among others. Kanchan has also done numerous other albums like ˜Kaise Bani’ (1982) which is still a craze with the bhojpuri audience. Kanchan passed away in 2004, survived by her husband, Babla and her two children Nisha and Vaibhav.

After appearing in the films Rafoo Chakkar, Dharamatma, and Qurbani, Kanchan joined her husband and began performing and touring. Their engagements abroad (live shows and orchestra music) kept them away from the Indian (Bombay) Film music. They were popular in Caribbean countries, where they covered soca music hits like "Hot Hot Hot" and revived older hits of chutney singer Sundar Popo. Albums like Kuch Gadbad Hai sold well because of touring support.

Kanchan began her career as a playback singer way back in the 70s A naturally gifted singer blessed with a family history of musicians, Kanchan received her training from the renowned Laxmi Prasad Jaipurwale.

Kanchan's love for Live shows and orchestra resulted in her teaming up with Babla, her husband and versatile music composer to form the Babla and Kanchan orchestra. The duo devised the now famous Disco “Dandiya genre. Together they have been performing for the last 40 years in various parts for the world. Their music is well known through the world, especially in countries like Canada, United States, Trinidad, Guyana, Holland, Mauritius, Suriname and England.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Sonny Mann, 73, Trinidadian East Indian singer Ustad Sonny Mann who became popular for singing classical and chutney songs, died February, 2005.

Sonny Mann, has been on the musical scene for decades. However, it was not until he struck it big with Lootay La in 1995 that Mann, who hails from Caparo in central Trinidad, became recognised nationally. Lootay La earned Sonny Mann the Chutney Soca title in 1996. He was also the first person to win this competition.

Some of Sonny Mann's great hits include Lootay La, Everybody Dancing, and Roll Boughie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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