Giants come in all shapes and forms and in Episode 11 of Saturdays with Ray we introduce you to three of them.
Leon Morenzie A man who helped Oscar winner Don Cheadle nail that African accent in Hotel Rwanda is the first of these three giants.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago Morenzie, a gifted actor and storyteller, with a beautiful baritone/ bass timbre to his voice, has rubbed shoulders with the likes of James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman. But it is his ability to grasp the nuances of accents and teach others how to effectively deliver their lines in character, from start to finish, that makes him much sought after.
During our hour long lime, MOrenzie shared memories of working with some of the local theatre greats, like the late Errol Jones, Sullivan Walker, and Jeffery Holder. He then filled our studios with the sweet sounds of vintage kaiso.
Debbie Ransome The boss lady, as she is fondly called by some former BBC colleagues, cut her Journalistic teeth at the revered Trinidad Broadcasting Company in the 1980’s under the close watch of some of the veterans in the Trinidad broadcasting business like Jones P Madeira and Ken Gordon.
For many in the Caribbean and the wider diaspora, Debbie and her team at the now defunct BBC Caribbean Service provided a vital link to the big news items from the region. For many a newsroom their absence has left a gaping hole in the depth of regional news coverage that was available up to that time.
Which leads us to Debbie’s newest project Caribbean Intelligence.com , which she describes as a “News, Current Affairs, Feature type programme”.
For our third giant we dip into our archives and emerge with a wonderful chat with the Grande Dame of Trinidad Jazz
Navis John is one of those generous beautiful people who sees music as part of her mission to educate and guide.
Mavis shared with us the journey of her career and gave some superb advice for others who want a career in music.
All this and more is available on this edition of Saturdays with Ray. You can follow us on http://www.soundcloud.com or just click the play button below