Known for their witty and insightful songs of Caribbean life, the Tradewinds, formed in 1966, have become one of the most revered groups in the West Indies. Led by the versatile Dave Martins (Guyana) with his guitar, vocal and composing ability, the group, like it’s name, reflects the span of the Caribbean.
Tradewinds also includes Clive Rosteing (Trinidad) on drums and vocals, Jeff Japal (Grenada) on keyboards, Richard Terry (Cayman Islands) on bass and Harry Cupid (Barbados) on percussion and vocals.

The band achieved almost instant celebrity when a Dave Martins’ original, “Honeymooning couple”, one of four songs the band recorded in Toronto in 1966 six months after it was formed, became a runaway hit in the Caribbean. Following on that success, Martins’ song-writing ability (he has written 110 Tradewinds originals) kept the band at the forefront of Caribbean popular music for decades as this unique group became part of Caribbean life. Formed in Toronto in 1966 with immigrant musician from the Caribbean (early members were Kelvin Ceballo, Joe Brown, and Glen Sorzano, all of Trinidad, and in later years, Terry Dyal, also a Trinidadian) the band has been based in the Cayman Islands since 1982, continues to record, and still makes occasional appearances playing their music to devoted followers in North America and the Eastern Caribbean.

There is no doubt in the pride of being a West Indian in such Tradewinds classics as “Caribbean Man”, “Boyhood Days”, “Where Are Your Heroes” and “We Are The Champions”. Other compositions such as “Cricket in the Jungle”, “Civilization” and “Copycats” make you step back and reflect on the Caribbean way of approaching life, at home and abroad. Other very popular songs, written by Martins, include “Mr. Rooster”, “Wong Ping”, “You Can’t Get”, “Not A Blade of grass” and the 1997 release “Gie Dem Shiv” which is a tribute to Guyanese-born West Indian Cricket star Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Although his writing is most known for its variety, imagination, and humour, Martins is also able to stir up tenderness and deep emotion in such creations as “Come Back Again”, “A Little while From Now”, “Don’t Cry, Mama” and “Come Dance With Me”.