Couldn't Stand the Heat

From left to right: Dr. Laith Shimon, Dr. David Brake, Dr. Kevin Orrell, Carl Calder, Dr. Susan Ritcey, Dr. Liam Orrell, Dr. Mandat Maharaj, Dr. Tom Hewlett

Mandat Maharaj, Susan Ritcey, Tom Hewlett, Dave Brake and Kevin Orrell were all born in Kingston Jamaica and grew up immersed in its rich musical tradition. They were playing reggae before they learned to crawl and eventually made a name for themselves playing the Jamaican music scene alongside such legends as: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and of course, Toots and the Maytals. However the endless sandy beaches and beautiful, hot weather proved too much for them so they all made their way north in search of long, cold, snowy winters. Eventually they made a new home for themselves in Cape Breton and have been here for more than 20 years! The challenges of making a login playing reggae music in Sydney however made it necessary for them to get day jobs working as physicians at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in order to supplement their incomes and make ends meet. Their true passion, however, will always be sharing the music of their homeland with the world.

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