August 18, 2022

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Reggae Music Fraternity Mourns the Passing of Filberto “Fil” Callender

by Howard Campbell

[Kingston, Jamaica] – Filberto “Fil” Callender, an unheralded musician who performed on a few of reggae’s largest hit songs, died right here Might 27 at age 75. Robbie Lyn, his colleague of over 50 years, confirmed his loss of life.

Callender was born in Panama however migrated to Jamaica along with his household in the course of the Nineteen Fifties. Within the Sixties, he was resident drummer at Studio One in Kingston the place he performed on songs just like the seminal Satta Masa Gana by The Abyssinians, thought of reggae’s anthem.

Filberto Fil Callender (picture: Historia Do Reggae)

He additionally performed on Nanny Goat, a 1968 music by Larry and Alvin some musicologists regard as the primary reggae music. However in a December, 2014 interview with the French web site,, Callender dismissed that notion.

“I performed on some songs that they take into account as reggae. My opinion is these songs weren’t reggae, like Nanny Goat. I’m straying slightly, however the drums that I play on Nanny Goat, it wasn’t reggae, it was rocksteady,” he mentioned.

Winston Francis’ Mr. Repair It, Cuss Cuss by Lloyd Robinson, the instrumental Scorching Milk by Jackie Mittoo and Cornel Campbell’s Queen of The Minstrel are among the different basic songs that includes Callender’s patterns.

Callender switched to guitar within the early Seventies when he co-founded The In Crowd. A band that included his youthful brother Tony Lewis on bass and Lyn taking part in keyboards. He wrote, and performed guitar, on a few of their hottest hits. Hits together with His Majesty is Coming and We Play Reggae Music.

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In the course of the Eighties, Fil Callender retired from secular music and have become a Christian. He was awarded the Order of Distinction, Jamaica’s sixth-highest honor, in 2013.