Chalkie Honored With Merit Award

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Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago – April 1, 2019. Revered Calypsonian, Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool was honoured, last Saturday evening (March 23), at the first-ever Republic Bank Icon Merit Award Ceremony, at the Central Bank Auditorium, Port of Spain.

The event, jointly hosted by Republic Bank and the internationally recognised, SUNSHINE Awards Organisation, served to honour Dr. Liverpool for his contribution to Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural and educational landscapes for over 52 years.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Liverpool, a nine-time calypso monarch stressed the importance of venerating our cultural icons. “It is a pleasure for me to be the first. I don’t know who else should be honoured but there are many that were knocking on the doors, like Valentino, Bomber, Composer, Gypsy and others. It is hard to choose one, so many deserve it,” said Dr. Liverpool.

In his welcome remarks, Managing Director, Nigel Baptiste, noted the Bank’s commitment to supporting local pioneers. He said, “As a corporate body, it is our duty to acknowledge our local heroes and ensure they get the respect they deserve.” Baptiste went on to comment that the initiative will not only focus on culture but will marry all facets, including sport and education that comprise Trinidad and Tobago.

Guests, including the Mayor of San Fernando, Junia Regrello were taken on a musical journey through Dr. Liverpool’s repertoire featuring a few of the calypso fraternity’s heavyweights. Two-time calypso monarch, Roderick “Chucky” Gordon received a standing ovation after his rendition of Dr. Liverpool’s 1977 release, “Juba Dubai”. Also performing were Luta, Heather Mac Intosh, Sugar Aloes, Keet Styla, Brother Valentino and the “Last Badjohn of Calypso” - Kurt Allen, with musical accompaniment provided by Errol Ince and the Music Makers.

April 1, 2019
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