The Trinbago United Calypsonians’ Organization is sponsoring an event honoring the three doctors of the Calypso fraternity: Dr. Slinger Francisco (the Mighty Sparrow), Dr. Hollis Liverpool (Chalkdust), and Dr. Leroy Caliste (Black Stalin). The event, “Celebrating the Doctors in Calypso” is set to take place at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, Trinidad, from 6:30 pm on Monday, October 19, 2009.
Dr. Slinger Francisco, The Mighty Sparrow, was born in Grenada on July 9, 1935 and moved to Trinidad as a toddler. Sparrow has been performing since the 1950s and has won several Calypso Monarch and Carnival Road March titles.
Dr. Hollis Liverpool, ‘Chalkdust’ was born in Trinidad in 1941. His music generally addresses social and political issues. He was once a principal at Trinity College and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of the Virgin Islands. He holds a PhD in History and Ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan. Chalkdust has been singing calypso since 1967 and has captured eight Calypso Monarch Crowns.
Dr. Leroy Calliste, the “Black Stalin” was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago on September 4, 1941. He is the most recent inductee, having received his honorary doctorate on October 31, 2008. He was also awarded the Hummingbird Medal Silver for his outstanding contributions to culture. Black Stalin is a five time Calypso Monarch title holder, wining with notable hits like ‘Caribbean Unity,’ ‘Wait Dorothy,’ ‘Look on the Bright Side’ and ‘Black man feeling to party.’
The event “Celebrating the Doctors in Calypso” will feature performances by younger calypsonians, such as Heather Mackintosh, Karen Asche, Jervae Caesar, Erphann Alves and Kizzie Ruiz.
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