The songs for the Finals Gala of the GISF 2014 have now been selected.
This year, songs have been received from: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, USA, UK, Spain, Italy, Finland, Germany, Kenya, Vietnam and, of course, Gibraltar. Such has been the quality of the entries that the panel has selected 14, rather than 12, songs for the Finals Gala, which will feature entries originating from Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, UK, Italy, Spain and Gibraltar.
Kid Creole was to be “the larger-than-life central figure in a multi-racial, multi-cultural musical carnival. The co-founders of the band were, August and his Savannah Band associate vibraphone player Andy Hernandez, also known as his “trusty sidekick” Coati Mundi, who serves as his on-stage comic foil, as well as his musical director and arranger and Darnell’s former wife Adriana “Addy” Kaegi who was the leader, choreographer and costume designer of the Coconuts, co-writer Peter Shott on Piano who co-wrote their first hit “I’m a Wonderful Thing Baby”drummer and band member David Span, bass player Carol Colman and legendary Jamaican drummer Winston Grennan The original Coconuts- backing vocalist/dancers Adriana Kaegi, Cheryl Poirier, Taryn Haegy (who was replaced by Janique Svedberg). This line-up remained in place throughout the band’s heyday.
Their debut album Off the Coast of Me was critically well-received but not successful commercially. The second release Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places was a concept album matched with a New York Public Theater stage production; it received rave reviews, and Darnell was recognized as a clever lyricist and astute composer, arranger and producer. By the second album they were accompanied by the Pond life horn section Charlie Lagond, Ken Fradley and Lee Robertson as well as lead Guitarist Mark Mazur. They performed “Mister Softee” on Saturday Night Live during their promotional tour for the album. The album charted briefly, and subsequently Coati Mundi’s early Latin RAP “Me No Pop I”, though not originally on the album, became a Top 40 UK hit single. Their breakthrough came with 1982’s Tropical Gangsters, which hit #3 in the UK and spun off three Top 10 hits with “Stool Pigeon”, “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy” and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby” written by musical director Peter Schott. “Dear Addy” also made the Top 40. In the US the album was retitled Wise Guy and reached #145, and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby” flirted with the R&B charts.