Ramdew Chaitoe

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Ramdew Chaitoe
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Ierada hai medine ka / Baso more nainen me nandelaal
Background information
Origin Suriname
Genres Baithak Gana

Ramdew Chaitoe (19 December 1942 - 6 June 1994) was a Surinamese artist and a harmonium player, who released a Chutney/Baithak Gana album called, The King Of Suriname a.k.a The Star Melodies of Ramdew Chaitoe in 1967. Rumors about how Chaitoe started his career in singing in jail after being arrested in a bar fight.

Ramdew grew up on a farm. His father, songwriter/lyricist and harmonium instrumentalist Pandit Shastrie Sewpersad Chaitoe, was a considerable influence on Ramdew, inaugurating his son early in the musical art form, by having his son perform weekly at Hindu temple ceremonies. This inevitably allowed the young Chaitoe to become skilled at his craft, thus allowing him to perform with the top singers and composers in Suriname as he matured. Throughout his travels in the Caribbean, Chaitoe acquired a strong reputation as a skilled harmonium player and singer. Ramdew Chaitoe traveled from the West Indies to Europe, and also had a show in New York.

In 1967 Chaitoe released The King Of Suriname a.k.a The Star Melodies of Ramdew Chaitoe. This album is considered to be the first Chutney/Baithak Gana album ever in Suriname. Moreover, due to the exposure that he received from this album Chaitoe became a household name not just in Suriname but in the Indo-Caribbean world as well. In the popular manner of composition at the time, Chaitoe composed this album with religious and folk songs of the Bhojpuri region. These songs like blue bhajans which captivated audiences with the Chaitoe's artistic trend not just in Suriname but all over the Indo-Caribbean community. Chaitoe is regarded as of the best singers of the Caribbean in the genre of Baithak Gana which is still seen as the authoritative music genre in Hindustani community. Though on June 6, 1994 Ramdew Chaitoe's life was cut short, he left behind dozens of pieces of music for his thousands of fans throughout the Indo-Caribbean world. He suffered from alcoholism. When Ramdew Chaitoe died he left behind a son Pradeep Chaitoe who is carrying on his legacy and tradition of singing.

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