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“Pappy: A Tribute to Roy Cape” for Valentine’s Day

For Release Upon Receipt - January 18, 2016

St. Augustine

The UWI, Media 21 and Ministry of Community Development Culture and the Arts came together in continued support of local arts and culture to dedicate The UWI Classic Concert 2016 to distinguished musical veteran, Roy Cape. This year’s concert was launched last Friday, January 15, with those in attendance sharing their kind words and experiences with Roy Cape, fondly known as ‘Pappy’, over the years. The concert, aptly titled “Pappy – A Tribute to Roy Cape – He Gave Us the Music”, will take place at the Hyatt Regency on February 14 from 6pm.

At Friday’s launch, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat referred to Roy as a “musical genius” whose contribution to Trinidad and Tobago’s music and culture has been tremendous. “What would our Carnival be without Roy Cape and his All Stars?” he asked. David Rudder, also in attendance, referred to Pappy as “The man with the golden locks and the golden sax”. The Managing Director of Media 21, John Affoon brought greetings as one of the major sponsors of this event. Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart, lead vocalist of the Roy Cape All Stars, was also on hand to lend his support to the tribute concert.

Another star-studded cast of entertainers is planned for this year including 3Canal, David Rudder, Destra Garcia, Olatunji, Machel Montano, Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy, Ricardo Drue and many more all accompanied by The Roy Cape All Stars and Blaxx. In 2015, proceeds of this event were granted to UWI honorary graduate, Leroy ‘Black Stalin’ Calliste in an effort to defray his medical expenses. As beneficiary of this year’s concert, all proceeds will go towards Roy Cape’s medical expenses.

Roy Cape is an outstanding, well-respected musician locally, regionally, internationally, and is also the recipient of the Humming Bird Gold Medal for loyal and devoted service to Trinidad and Tobago.  His career exceeds 50 years, having toured extensively in both North America and Europe. In addition, he has worked with a many noted local artistes, old and new, over many years, several of whom he considers his friends.

For more information on “Pappy: A Tribute to Roy Cape” and to purchase tickets, please contact The UWI’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Internationalisation at 662-2002 exts. 82683/ 82682 or email:  


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in BarbadosJamaicaTrinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)