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Monday, October 14, 2019

Charlie’s Records, Wednesday, November 6th Brooklyn Academy of Music

Caribbean Film Series and BAM present
Charlie’s Records
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image courtesy of Tina Charles, 2019

Wednesday, November 6th
Brooklyn Academy of Music

Approx. 110 min. | DCP
Director/Producer: Tina Charles
The first-ever documentary on Calypso and Soca pioneer Rawlston Charles
Charlie’s Records is directed by WNBA New York Liberty star, Tina Charles

Rawlston Charles migrated to New York from Tobago in 1967.  Living in Bedford-Stuyvesant and wanting to hear more music from his homeland, Charles set an intention: to promote Calypso music and its artists, in the US and around the world.  In the process, he created the world-renowned record store Charlie’s Calypso City, and with his music label Charlie’s Records single-handedly put Calypso on the map and ushered in a new genre of music, Soca.  Charlie’s Records is his remarkable story.

Alongside Rawlston “Charlie” Charles sharing his life story, and his accounts on the evolution of calypso and soca, also appearing in the documentary are Caribbean music stars The Mighty Sparrow, David Rudder, Calypso Rose, Machel Montano, King Wellington, and more; hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh, who recorded his early hits in Charles studio also appears.  Charlie’s Records is the first film directed by WNBA New York Liberty all-star player and two-time Olympian Tina Charles, daughter of the film’s subject.  

Having made its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, audiences can now see the film on November 6th at 7:30pm at the Caribbean Film Series at BAM. See more at

Tina Charles and Rawlston Charles will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. 

The Caribbean Film Series is co-presented by the Caribbean Film Academy, BAM, Third Horizon and The Luminal Theater.  

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