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Legendary Lord Kitchener – SUGAR BUM BUM

Aldwyn Roberts (18 April 1922 – 11 February 2000), better known by the stage name Lord Kitchener (or “Kitch”), was one of the most internationally famous calypsonians.

Roberts was born in Arima, Trinidad, the son of a blacksmith, Stephen, and housewife, Albertha.[2] He was educated at Arima boys’ government school until he was 14, when his father died. His father had encouraged him to sing and learn to play the guitar, and he became a full-time musician. He won the Arima borough council’s calypso competition four times between 1938 and 1942

He moved to Port of Spain and had his first commercial success in 1942 with the calypso song “Green Fig” (also known as “Mary, I am Tired and Disgusted”). By 1945, he was known as Lord Kitchener. He toured Jamaica for six months in 1947-8 with Lord Beginner (Egbert Moore) and Lord Woodbine (Harold Philips) before they took passage on the Empire Windrush to England in 1948.
He found further success in the UK in the 1950s, building a large following in the expatriate communities of the West Indian islands. His fame continued throughout the 1950s, when calypso achieved international success. Kitchener became a very important figure to those first 5,000 West Indian migrants to the UK. His music[4] spoke of home and a life that they all longed for but in many cases couldn’t or wouldn’t return to. He immortalised the defining moment for many of the migrants in writing the Victory Calypso with its lyrics “Cricket, Lovely Cricket” to celebrate West Indies cricket team’s first victory over England in England, in the 2nd Test at Lord’s in June 1950. This was one of the first widely known West Indian songs, and epitomised an event that historian and cricket enthusiast C. L. R. James defined as crucial to West Indian post-colonial societies. The song, later recorded by Lord Beginner, is rarely credited to Lord Kitchener although Tony Cozier and many who attended the Test at The Oval can attest that it was a Kitch composition.[citation needed] In England, Kitchener started out working in London pubs. At first there were difficulties with English audiences who did not understand all the words, but that did not deter Kitch, and after the BBC gave him a chance to broadcast, he moved on to club bookings, and was soon performing in three clubs every night.
Kitchener returned to Trinidad in 1962. He and the Mighty Sparrow proceeded to dominate the calypso competitions of the sixties and seventies. Lord Kitchener won the road march competition ten times between 1965 and 1976, more times than any other calypsonian. For 30 years, Kitchener ran his own calypso tent, Calypso Revue, within which he nurtured the talent of many calypsonians. Calypso Rose, David Rudder, Black Stalin and Denyse Plummer are among the many artists who got their start under Kitchener’s tutelage. Later he moved towards soca, a related style, and continued recording until his death. Kitchener’s compositions were enormously popular as the chosen selections for steel bands to perform at the annual National Panorama competition during Trinidad Carnival. He recorded his most commercially successful song, “Sugar Bum Bum” in 1978. He retired in 1999.
It was always important to Kitchener throughout his career to gain new experiences that could be woven into his material. This led him to performances in Curaçao, Aruba and Jamaica in the early days, and finally to London, when he was already flying high in Trinidad. Kitchener once said: “I have reached the height of my popularity in Trinidad. What am I doing here? I should make a move.”
Kitchener, who created highly popular and sweet melodies, is honoured with a statue in Port of Spain. A bust is also on display on Hollis Avenue, Arima, not far from the Arima Stadium.

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KAISO | Mama Look A Booboo | – Lord Melody

Lord Melody (1926 – 26 September 1988)[1] was a popular calypsonian, best known for singles such as the self-deprecating “Boo Boo Man”, “Creature From The Black Lagoon” “Shame & Scandal”, “Jonah and the Bake”, “Juanita” and “Rastaman Be Careful”. Melody’s career spanned some forty years, from the early development of popular calypso to his embrace of a reggae-influenced sound in the late 1970s

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RAPSO POETRY | 2 Cents Project | African and Indian in Love!!

Recently, videos with the interesting title, 2 Cents Project, have been making the rounds on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. These videos, made by a collective called the 2 Cents Movement, use entertaining sketches to tackle issues that are pertinent to young people.

The movement started in 2010, when students from the University of the Southern Caribbean’s debating society wanted to create an engaging way for them and their peers to discuss social issues. Led by Jean Claude Cournand, who was studying behavioural science at the Maracas, St Joseph campus, they formed the 2 Cents Society, taken from the saying, “putting in your two cents worth.”

“I noticed there was an urgent need to create a forum that encouraged young people to engage in serious dialogue,” Cournand said. “The programmes that existed at the time were just not conducive to this.”

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DUB POETRY | Hot Hot Hot | Dexta Malawi

Dexta Malawi was born in the parish of Manchester in Jamaica. He Grew up in the Parish of St. ann and now represents one of the voices of a generation. He entered the Music Scene in 2009 with the release of his demo compilation Malawi’s thoughts. He is a recording artiste inspired by the need to create. He is also inspired by other artistes such as Ini Kamozi and Daweh Congo; two of his all time favourites. Dexta Malawi Mainly focuses on Reggae Music but also writes and performs Spoken Word Poetry, Dub Poetry and Dancehall. Most of his Songs are geared towards Social Commentary although Rastafari, food, women and mental liberation are prevalent topics in his catalogue. Dexta Malawi describes his style of music as unique and believes it should be left to the listeners and scholars to further categorize.

Dexta Malawi is an Environmentalist, scientist, song writer, poet and historian.

Dexta Malawi’s recent collaboration with Iyunda entitled “Yaad Man skank” is currently receiving notable rotation on various radio stations around the island. The  “Yaad Man skank” Video has also been receiving fairly heavy rotation on local TV stations such as CVM TV, Hype TV and Links TV. Dexta is scheduled to launch his book entitled “The Malawian Journeys 1” in December 2013.

Dexta Malawi will be performing live at Veggie Meals on wheels on 10 October 2013 along with Micah Shemaiah and Hempress Sativa. Also on 26 December 2013 Reach di People Edutainment in collaboration With Charismatic Productions, EDB entertainment and Simiya House presents Rasta Party II, A Dexta Malawi Earth Strong celebration and book launch for The Malawian Journeys 1.

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DUB POETRY | FreeDome Writers | Yashika Graham

Yashika Graham is a curious creator, exploring the world through poetry and learning and growing with each page.

What is her fascination? the boldness of words and the many possibilities of language. This self-proclaimed Free Dome writer holds words & expression through writing to be as urgent as breathing.

She is an Executive Member of the Poetry Society of Jamaica and currently its Administrator and Moderator of its monthly poetry fellowships.

Graham has been featured on local events such as Seh Sup’m Poetry & Live Music, Manifesto Jamaica’s Festival, Omega Vibration, Tuesday Nite Live, Art’ical Exposure, the Poetry Society’s Fellowship, RJR 94fm’s Wednesday Night Live, Poetry Corner of Nationwide 90FM, Smile Jamaica and CVM at Sunrise to name a few and overseas on “Pieces of Jamaica” – Arts & Culture Exhibition and Whateva Works’ Open Mic.

She is currently working on her first anthology.

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