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Conversation with the Scholar Calypsoian Scholar - Courtesy - Belgrafix.com

Scholar, 36, a teacher at McDonald's College in Sauteurs, St Patrick's,  is the reigning monarch of Grenadian calypso. In fact, the man who is affectionately known as  "The Schols" has been crowned King of  Grenadian Calypso on four separate occasions since his 1993 debut.  

The bard was Grenada's representative in the 2006 CARIFESTA CALYPSO MONARCH COMPETITION, where he copped the fifth berth in a star -studded field that included Destroyer , Luta, Sandra, Cro, Cro and Sugar Aloes; the Kittitian Destroyer walked away with the top prize.    

Scholar ( Findlay Jeffrey) was born in the village of Chantimelle on July 12, 1970 to  small farmers Rita and Henezie Jeffrey. Father Henezie has his very own claim to celebrity, for he is widely acknowledged as the last great chantwell ( lead singer) of the Short knee bands of Chantimelle. The Short knee, a character in Grenada's annual Carnival, is a synthesis of European, African and Caribbean masquerade and festival traditions; Short knee songs tend to be moralising commentaries in the tradition of what professor Gordon Rohlehr calls the performance of "blame"

Potato always follow the vine. Dasheen doh bear punkin and coconut doh fall far from the tree-- Scholar is the son of a chantwell!!! 

GWALLAY!!

-CT                                                                                                                                        read more >>  

Kaiso Dialogues, UWI, November 29, 2006 

Hi Limers et al

I had the distinct privilege of attending the kaiso dialogues yesterday at UWI, small gathering because the place was capable of seating 60 persons. It was filled naturally; it was a paying event worth every penny.

Dianne
Trinidad, Nov., 29, 2006                                                                             read more >>

AFRICAN TELLER AT THIRTY: A TRIBUTE
Caldwell Taylor

 That whatsoever Master shall suffer   African Teller
any slaves to beat any Drum or empty
Casks or Boxes or great gourds, or
blow Horns, Shells or loud instruments,
for the Diversion or Entertainment of
Slaves...who do not suppress the same
in one Hour after the same begins shall
be convicted.

 -The Laws of Grenada from 1763 to 1805
G. Smith 1808, p.10

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Grenadian-born historian and Intellectual Property Rights attorney, Caldwell Taylor, discusses the history of Carnival with George Grant --- dating back to the arrival of the French in Grenada.
AIRED ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2006
  
LISTEN HERE>>

                                                              

THE SPARROW REVOLUTION: FIFTY YEARS OLD AND STILL GOING STRONG

By Caldwell Taylor

"Calypso is a product of Caribbean people's struggle to articulate an identity in response to numerous attempts at fragmentation"
-Carole Boyce -Davis

"Radical transformation of any society is unthinkable without the active participation of those engaged in creative and productive work".
-Noam Chomsky                                                                                            
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