Calypso legend David Rudder has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
He has said his upcoming show, Rudder 7.0, will be his last major event. The event at Sound Forge in Woodbrook, will be held on the same day as his 70th birthday, May 6th
The singer made the disclosure while speaking to the media at Kafe Blue, Wrightson Road, on Friday. He said the diagnosis was the result of recent tests.
Rudder said he would continue to perform, but not on a large scale.
Rudder said after the pandemic and the loss of several loved ones he decided to do a health check-up.
This is when Rudder said he received the Parkinson’s diagnosis.
“This show will be my last marathon show – I can’t do four hours standing up on a stage again.” But, he added, “I will still be around making music. This is just something that happens in life. I’ll continue to perform, but I will slow down when I feel I have to. The energy is still there.”