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Mar 10, 2011

The band and Ziola Clark play on

She’s what many may fondly call a blast from the past.  With a career dating back to the early seventies, most bands don’t survive the test of time…but Zoila Clark has.  In fact, not only has she outlived many from her era in the entertainment industry, she is still rocking as hard as she did back then, skillfully blending her presentations at the Fort Street Tourism Village with a mix of oldies, love ballads, R&B, reggae and calypso. In short, Clark continues to entertain. News Five’s Marion Ali visited with this veteran vocalist and filed the following report.

Marion Ali, Reporting

If you used to party to the sounds of Lord Rhaburn at the Big Apple or the Professionals at the Copa Cabana, then the name Zoila Clark comes quickly to memory.  Making a name for herself for the past three decades, Clark is, as many would agree, in a class by herself.  She still makes singing a way of living but this veteran vocalist did not plan her career.  In fact, she stumbled on it.

Zoila Clark, Singer for Three Decades

“I went to Palace Theatre and I saw Byron Lee, in fact it was Sony Bradshaw.  They had some backup singers and I fell in love with their singing and everything and I pick it up from there.”

From there, she never relinquished it, toning and fine-tuning her voice over the years and keeping her fans entertained.

Today we found her doing what she does best for the visitors who came onshore from the cruise ships that called on Belize.

Clark is part of a three member band called the Foreign Exchange with which she has likely found her niche.  She is accompanied by fellow veteran Norman “Sam” Hamilton and her son Joseph “Sam” Carcamo, who like his mother, discovered his talent by coincidence.

Joseph “Sam” Carcamo

Joseph “Sam” Carcamo, Singer

“I never mi like sing none at all, until when I went to Cozy Corner right.  Then I find out that I mi have a voice.  I never think ih mi eena mi until I jump pan the mic and that dah weh actually happen.  And from then dah just like that – take off like plane.”

Norman “Sam” Hamilton, Singer for Three Decades

Norman “Sam” Hamilton

“You give the people what they love right, cause without the people, nothing happening.  And we do a lot of variety and I give my thanks to Lord Rhaburn cause that’s the way he had mould me, to deal with variety.  I had to study Spanish and all that to sing Spanish.”

Joseph “Sam” Carcamo

“We just blend, ih just come naturally right.  I noh know how fi explain it to you.  Yoh have wah lotta people weh sing together and then deh just noh click like how we click.  And we sing fi the tourist dehn every time and we get the same feedback. Only this we do and this dah weh we good at.”

Zoila Clark

Zoila Clark

“I love it! I sing fi free, I sing fi money, you know, ih noh matter.”

But like every ambitious person, there is a dream that Clark has:

Zoila Clark

“Now I noh have the knowledge to write, but I wish somebody out there would write one for us or for me or whosoever and bring it to us so we could do it.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Marion Ali.

Zoila Clark can be reached at 207-4053 for bookings.

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4 Responses for “The band and Ziola Clark play on”

  1. VarGib says:

    Many Thanks to Zoila & Sam for giving us such beautiful music. When we are in Belize we always find where they are performing and we go to show our appreciation. God Bless, keep up the good music.

  2. D-Power says:

    Ziola and the two Sam’s, thanks for sharing your gift of music to the people.
    Ziola Clark and Sam Hamilton I had the pleasure of meeting you two again in Chicago this past summer. I say again because I’ve met you both in the early to mid seventies. You both are the same genuinely nice individuals. Its very reassuring when two people such as yourselves are highlighted. Thanks News5.

  3. John Boy,Carson,Ca says:

    I dance with Zoila and Sam at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood.I wish that D.J Lenny would bring them back to Cali.Good music is hard to find nowadays.When I am Belize I try to check them out.

  4. psychedeligoat says:

    I own the Professionals LP from the very early 70′s.

    Very good songs and funky vibe on the whole thing. Ziola sounds fabulous!

    Thanks for writing about her.

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