Edited by C. Phillips
Crazy – born Edwin Ayoung in 1944, on Maraval Road in Port of Spain, Trinidad of a Venezuelan mother and Trinidadian father of Chinese descent, was – in his youth – as skilled and competitive in his country’s national pastime of cricket, as he has been now for years as a world-travelled musician, performing artist and composer.
Though dubbed The “Loveable Lunatic of Soca”, Ayoung has time and again not been given his due in his native land, yet remains one of the most commercially successful artists on the international soca scene. An experimentalist, he pioneered the unique musical genre known as Parang Soca and played a leading role in promoting Chutney Soca. Crazy would go on to sing several monster smashes in parang soca, including Muchacha and Homemade Wine.
A brilliant double-entendre artiste as it best – Edwin Ayoung has delighted in pushing the envelope in his humorous and witty manner. With songs like Paul, Nani Wine and Suck Meh Soucouyant to name but three, this illustrious performer remains a staple in the music world.
He’s been ranked in the top three for Trinidad & Tobago’s annual national calypso monarch competition – his best showing being a position two with Dustbin Cover. He captured the prestigious Road March title (the ‘tune for the road’ during Carnival Monday and Tuesday) in 1985 with Suck Meh, Soucouyant.
This hard-making hit-making machine and best-selling soca artiste over the years has stayed in the public consciousness, serving up such ditties and classics as Drive It, Dis Is How and Cold Sweat.
On the pan scene, Crazy sang one of the most popular ‘pan tunes’ in years; written by Amrit Samaroo, 2007’s Band From Space captured the imagination of the steelband music community worldwide, becoming the panorama selection for some, and part of the overall repertoire for others.
Edwin Ayoung makes his home in California on the USA’s west coast, with frequent trips back to the land of his birth.