Ella Andall

Ella Andall

 Arima, Borough of Arima, TTO
BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

A powerful dynamic vocalist with a talented group of musicians playing African - Caribbean Rhythms which incorporate the praise songs, drumming and rhythm of Yoruba heritage as retained in the Caribbean.

Biography

Ella Andall has worked consistently over the past four decades to establish herself as an artiste of international stature. Considered by many as a Caribbean Queen of Song – a chantuelle supreme, a high priestess of African-Caribbean music, Ella's journey is one of power and potency.

From the early 1970s, Ella Andall emerged as a dynamic force among a new breed of peoples' artistes in Trinidad and Tobago. With music as her main vehicle, she has dedicated her life to reach and teach the people, pushing a positive image reinforced with lyrical strength and fervour.

The development of SOCA as a radical sound of the Caribbean's youth, saw Ella as one of its main messengers during its formative years. Artistically defined as ‘the soul of Calypso', SOCA music brought a new approach and attitude to the Caribbean landscape. Ella Andall personified that new attitude – painting new pictures of empowerment for her people, cutting new paths forward, sending new signals with songs of love, lite and liberation. During this period, Ella toured extensively through the Caribbean region, United States and Canada with the band Vibrations International (led by the late Ras Shorty I). Her recordings topped the Caribbean music charts - Second Fiddle, We Are Different People - and her exciting cover of Eddie Grant's Hello Africa autographed Ella Andall's name into Caribbean music history.

Ella has moved with a renewed determination to express the rootical sound of the Caribbean, rejoicing with the African spirit while retracing ancient steps with new energy. She articulates the struggle of the women, she provides sustenance for the children. Hit songs like Black Woman, Bring Down The Power, Rhythm of a People and Missing Generation, brought Ella more awards in Caribbean music industry. In 1996 she was voted Best Female Artiste in Trinidad and Tobago, and in 1997 was the Caribbean Entertainer of the Year. Other awards include, NACC – Top 20 Stars of Gold – Calypso Award Ceremony – Say My Name (1997); Female Composer of the Year COTT (1998). She performed in the National Calypso Monarch show and the International Soca Monarch show (the two premiere music events in Trinidad Carnival).

The dramatic and dynamic presence on stage, the intense energy radiating, the majesty, the magic, have all contributed to the power that is Ella Andall. Her journey into the theatre has brought her acclaim in the musical “Carnival Messiah” (West Yorkshire Playhouse, UK) and the lead role in “Yaa Asantewa Warrior Queen “ Royal Festival Hall, London) which played in both England and Ghana. She was also the musical director and lead chantuelle in the production of “Sango de Imo” (The University of the West Indies, Centre for Creative and Festival Arts).

In 1999 Ella was invited to the World Beat concert held in Trinidad to perform alongside artistes such as Baaba Maal, Nitin Sawhney, Tito Puente, Hugh Masekela, Andre Tanker, Ravi Shankar and many more. She has also performed for noted persons such as the Dalai Lama, then President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of South Africa Nelson Mandella, Winnie Mandela, Iyanla Vanzant and the Oni of Ife
Her musical journey continues as she graces the international stages representing Trinidad and Tobago across the world. In December 2005, she was the opening performer for the First World Music Festival held in St. Lucia, and in March 2006, she performed at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut at a concert tribute to the memory of Andre Tanker. In June she performed at the Afro American Tradition Festival (FITA) in Venezuela and shared the stage with Miriam Makeba in the 2006 Emancipation Celebrations in Trinidad. In March 2007, she appeared at the Blues and Rhythms Festival in St. Vincent to loud acclaim and admiration.

She continues to sing out her sounds of freedom, joy, love and rejuvenation.

Ella Andall's website: www.ellaandall.com

Ella's Fan Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Ella-Andall/71390759716

Lyrics

Different People

Written By: Ras Shorty I

Chorus:
We are different people, different races
Different aspirations, different faces
Only once, in a lifetime can love like ours be found
We are different people.

Is it that you love me for what I am?
Or do you love me for what you want me to be?
Whichever way it don't matter baby
Just as long as you love me

Even though,

Chorus:

Is it that you love me cause I'm a woman
Or do you love me because I heed your commands
Makes no difference just as long as I know
That your love is just for me

Chorus:

You are what I needed in a man
In thoughts and words and feelings and actions
You do so much yet you say so little
With you I can face life's great battles

Chorus:

Dance (Niti Wa)

Written By: Ella Andall

Here I am still knocking at your door
With a song to claim your heart once moor
In the name of music, I salute you
With rhythm and lyrics, to heal and uplift
Ah come to make your spirit dance (2)
You better make preparation for the vibe that I'm bringing
Sweet salutations riding on a rhythm

Ah lan de niti wa (8)

Come with me, let me take you to a place
Where the drum will kiss you with a grace
If you're sleeping wake up
Taste this freedom
If you're sitting stand up
Join the celebration
I come to make your spirit dance (2)
From morning to night fall we jamming and we swaying
To answer the drum call rhythm after rhythm

Ay lan de niti wa (8)

Dance again with passion and with pride
Let's extend the power from inside
So the earth will tremble in jubilation
As the world assemble for the next millenium
I come to make your spirit dance (2)
With strength and power hour after hour
And hour and hour

Ay lan de niti wa

Women of the Sun

Written By: David Rudder

Two legged bits of sun
Make love to everyone
Putting the sunshine in your day
Never in your pastel dreams
Have you seen a colour scheme
Make a crimson blood rebel and rush away

Chorus
Singing my song x2
For all the women of the sun
Caribbean woman x3
Singing my song x2
For all the women of the sun
Caribbean woman
Shine on sister x6

When they float your way
They take your heart astray
And they blow your mind right through your gaping mouths
They stepping proud and strong
Their bottom sing a song
Sweet confusion are you north or are you south

Chorus

Some of us are like a calypso
Some a Latin stuff you know
Some are even like a rootsy rockin' reggae (yes man)
But whatever we-a do
I'm-a guaranteeing you
We go make your stagnant soul just run away

Chorus

Discography

1973 - Waiting for You
1975 - Love in The Caribbean
1982 - Black Woman
1998 - Oriki Ogun
1999 - Bring Down The Power
2001 - Awake
2003 - Spirit Dancer
2003 - Sango Ba Ba Wa
2007 - Moforibale Esu
2008 - Osun Bamise
2009 - Osain Ade
2010 - Iba Yemoja

Set List

A set list will include Yoruba chants to Ogun, Esu, Osun, Sango, with other, mainly original songs:
Black Woman
Missing Generation
Different People
Bring Down The Power of Love
Rhythm of a People
Hello Africa
Women of the Sun
My Spirit is Music
Bread, Peace and Justice
Dance (Ni ti wa)
People of Conscience
Awake