Calypso expert to lecture at Cayfest

World-renowned Trinidad & Tobago Calypsonian, historian and university professor, Hollis Liverpool will deliver the Cayman National Cultural Foundation 2007 Cayfest Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, 25 April.

His topic will be, ‘Calypso – The Definitive Art for Caribbean Unity’. According to a CNCF release, the lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Complaints Commissioner and Cable & Wireless.

A hard-hitting social commentator known in the calypso world as ‘Chalkdust’, Mr. Liverpool is one of calypso’s true intellectuals, holding a Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees. He continues to balance a demanding career as educator, Calypsonian and keynote speaker lecturing all over the world, including at the University of the Virgin Islands, and fulfilling his many performing engagements.

Chalkie, as he is known in the calypso world, began writing songs as a student at St. Mary’s College in 1954. He quickly rose to become one of the greatest calypsonians of the modern era and the acknowledged maestro of political and social commentary. His many accolades include Trinidad & Tobago’s Humming Bird Medal for his contribution to culture, six ‘Buy Local Calypso King competitions’, seven Trinidad & Tobago Calypso Monarch titles, eight St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands) Calypso King of the World titles and two World Calypso Monarch (New York) titles.

Mr. Liverpool has published hundreds of articles on Caribbean History and culture and is the author books on Calypso, culture and education including three Calypso, Music in the Caribbean, Rituals of Power and Rebellion and From The Horses Mouth.


The lecture starts at 7pm in the newly-refurbished Harquail Theatre. Tickets are $25. For reservation call 949-5477.

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