Brother Resistance

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Brother Resistance
Birth name Roy Lewis
Also known as Lutalo Masimba
Origin Trinidad
Genres Rapso, rhythm poetry
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts Network Rhythm Band

Roy Lewis aka Lutalo Masimba,[1] better known as Brother Resistance, is a rhythm poet and musician from Trinidad and Tobago.


Born in East Dry River, Trinidad, Brother Resistance became the lead singer of the Network Riddim Band, a Trinidadian ensemble, in 1979.[2] He developed a hybrid of soca and rap that he called 'rapso', a genre for which he credited Lancelot Layne as originator.[2][3] Considered subversive by the authorities, the band's rehearsal space and offices were destroyed by the police in June 1983.[2] The group released their first album, Roots of de Rapso Rhythm, in 1984, which was followed by Rapso Explosion and Rapso Takeover in 1985 and 1986 respectively.[2] International performances brought recognition from overseas, changing the attitude of the T&T government, who selected Brother Resistance as their cultural delegate to the World Festival of Youth and Students in Korea.[2]

He appeared at New York's 'New Music Festival' in 1992 and in 1993 at the International Dub Poetry Festival in Toronto.[2]

In between completing studies at the University of the West Indies, Brother Resistance continued to write music for the ensemble, and his 1981 debut album, Busting Out, became a major hit, defining the musical genre that would come to be known as rapso.[citation needed] Busting Out was the first album to use the word rapso.[citation needed]

Solo discography[edit]


  • Touch De Earth with Rapso (1991)
  • Heart of the Rapso Nation (1992)
  • De Power of Resistance (1996), Rituals
  • Let Us Rejoice (2001)
  • When De Riddum Explode (2001)


  • "Tonite Is De Nite" (1987), Riddum Distribution Network
  • "Jah Never Fail Me" (2001), Blue Flame


  1. ^ Harris, Craig. "Biography: Brother Resistance & the Network Riddim Band". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, pp. 42-3
  3. ^ Oumano, Elena (1999) "resistance Exports Rapso to US, Europe", Billboard, 9 January 1999, p. 18. Retrieved 29 September 2013

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