Sundar Popo

 

R.I.P. Sundar Popo
1943-2000

 

     Sundar was born Soondarlal Popo in 1943 in the small village of Princess Town, Trinidad. His father, a musician, played the 'tassa' drum. He went to live with his aunt, Rookmin Bahora, a member of a ladie’s cultural (East Indian) singing group.

      At a very early age Sundar Popo was drawn into the world of entertainment. At eight, a neighbor, Noor ("Bedo") Mohammed, who encouraged him to start traveling with his band, Radha Krishnal, discovered Sundar. He soon became a band member. In 1969 he auditioned for a popular ethnic Indian television program with his song, Nana and Nani. The program, hosted by Moen Mohammed, gave him a lot of exposure. In 1978, 1979, 1988 and 1989 he won the local East Indian festival singing competition.

      Popular chutney singer Sundar Popo died on Tuesday night at the San Fernando General Hospital following treatment for kidney related ailments. Popo was 57 years old

 
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