Affectionately called “Chalkie” by his worldwide fans, Dr. Hollis Urban Lester Liverpool – aka “The Mighty Chalkdust” – competed at the 2011 Trinidad & Tobago Calypso Monarch Competition on March 6 where he placed third out of a field of 11 finalists (from over 300 monarch-title hopefuls).
A celebratory lecture about his work, legacy and impact on calypso music will be held at Windies Restaurant, 3330 Lawrence Avenue East, at Bellamy Rd. North, Toronto on Sunday, March 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person which includes a buffet meal. Doors open at 12.30 p.m. Brunch starts at 1 p.m. Lecture starts at 2 p.m. Space is limited, so please reserve your tickets by calling 905-472-8872 or 416-464-9758.
Chalkie changed the calypso song art form in a number of important ways, giving it a lyrical integrity which reminds any calypso historian of immortal bards like Tiger (1915-1993), Atilla the Hun (1892-1962) and Chinese Patrick (1876-1965), to name just a few lyrical warriors. Also, from Chalkie, we now have the battle cry “juba jubai” and a new set of ‘punctuation marks’ … “doom bye” for instance.
Chalkie’s 40-year career of innovative work will be discussed by a multi-faceted, knowledgeable, local Toronto panel – Professor Lennox Borel, Ken Bruzual, Wilma Cayonne-Cromwell and Caldwell Taylor. Gil Figaro and Chalkie will make special appearances as guest speakers live via SKYPE.
Born at Teteron Bay, Chaguaramas, Trinidad on March 5, 1941, The Mighty Chalkdust composed his very first calypso in 1954 while still a student at St. Mary’s College, Port of Spain. Fast-forward to 2011, he is now Professor of Calypso Art at the University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT), and Research Fellow at UTT’s Academy for Arts, Letters, Culture and Public Affairs.
Professor Liverpool has also written several books on T&T’s Carnival Arts that are required reading.
All are welcome to attend this special event.
–Alicia Sealey & A.T.C. Heirs Promotions