RIP Calypsonian Rootsman (Yafeu Osei)


Rootsman in his element (c) Trinidad Guardian

Rootsman in his element
(c) Trinidad Guardian

 

By Clevil James

Calypsonian Rootsman (Yafeu Osei) passed away from complications with diabetes on Friday August 20 at his home in Trinidad. Rootsman, born in Tobago 64 year ago, started singing as a student in elementary school, where he won a competition in 1967.  In 1976 he made the decision to fulfil his dreams and become a professional calypsonian. Rootsman, although skilled in calypsoes on social commentary, was better known for his soca numbers like Parkway Rock, Rach Meh-Rack Meh, Soca In The Palace etc. etc.

Rootsman has received numerous honours from all over the world for his contribution to the Calypso art form.
Click on images below for a taste of Rootsman’s versatility.

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