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Musical youths follow their parents’ footsteps
On the Wednesday before Christmas, the patrons of Shakers Pub on the Avenue were treated to an early gift with a memorable performance by the Cartars—Dax, Philip and Marie. These talented young siblings, children of the late Lloyd Cartar and Yvette, delivered a wide repertoire of cover songs, which included classic rock, reggae and modern alternative ballads. Those unfamiliar with these musical youths were amazed at their versatility, and the skills demonstrated by Dax and Philip on various types of guitars as well as, the violin. Marie, on the other hand, also a musician, used her most powerful instrument that night, her voice, which had everyone mesmerised by its range and clarity.
This talented trio obviously share a passion for music, and, attributed their inspiration to their biggest fan, Yvette, who they said always gave them her full support in pursuing their dream. This dream was first realised with the formation of their band, Krash, which ironically got its name when Dax was involved in an almost fatal accident, but fought his way to recovery with the determination to start the band. The band comprised other past Fatima students, including Vincent Gabriel and Rhys Libert, with Chris Badal of Trinity College on the vocals. Krash established itself on the local scene, and managed to gain the attention and respect of fans and other bands. Not content with making their name at home, the band ventured to Hollywood, where it entered the World Championships for Performing Arts and was the only band that was called back on stage for an encore. The band was presented with four awards, including the prize for best musical harmony.
The talent of the band members did not go unnoticed, and Dax, described by many well known musicians as probably one of the best guitarists in Trinidad, was invited to join the band, Orange Sky.
The Cartars have had to overcome many obstacles in their path in order to follow their passion for music, but, with their natural talent, the support of their family and friends, and their determination, there is no doubt that their names will soon be alongside other successful artistes who have followed their dreams and reaped the rewards of their hard work and sacrifice.
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