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Reggae pioneer Shervington in action on Saturday

Published: 
Thursday, July 16, 2015
One of Pluto Shervington’s hit albums, Pluto.

For those who appreciate and would love to hear old-school reggae and calypso, Pluto & Co (Pluto Shervington and his full band) will be appearing live at La Cantina Pizzeria on Victoria Avenue, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday, from 8 pm to 2 am.

The group, which includes vintage reggae and calypso in its repertoire, will be performing two sets, the first of which will begin at 9 pm. 

Pluto Shervington, also known as Pluto, was born Leighton Shervington, on August 13, 1950, in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a reggae musician, singer, engineer and producer who began his career in the early 1970s as a member of the showband Tomorrow's Children.

Inspired by the success of Ernie Smith's Duppy or a Gunman and Tinga Stewart's Play de Music, both delivered in heavy patois, he recorded Ram Goat Liver in a similar style. His follow-up single—Dat—about a Rastafarian trying to buy pork (without naming it aloud), contrary to his faith, so that he could afford marijuana—achieved considerable chart success internationally in 1976, reaching the number six spot in the UK Singles Chart. Trojan Records capitalised on this success by reissuing his first single, which peaked just outside the top 40 in the UK.

Tickets for the event, costing $350 each, include a complimentary cocktail on entry. They are available at La Cantina. In addition, free parking for patrons will be available on the compound of Tranquillity school, located opposite La Cantina.

Shervington moved to Miami, Florida, in the early 1980s. He continued to record, and reached the UK top 20 again when Your Honour, originally recorded in 1975 but never previously released, was re-issued in early 1982 together with a new recording—No Honour Among Tiefs. Shervington often performs live in Miami, and periodically returns to his homeland for performances. 

Since 2007, he plays solo at Bahama Breeze in Kendall, Florida, and every other Sunday at Black Point Marina in Cutler Bay with a five piece band. Pluto appeared at the St Kitts Music Festival in June 2007, sharing the bill with Steel Pulse and Sean Paul, among others.

In addition to his work as a singer, Shervington has gained a reputation as a talented bass guitarist, and recording engineer, notably engineering Little Roy's 1974 album, Tafari Earth Uprising.

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