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12 February 2008

“WINDRUSH 60 ROOTS AND BRANCHES”: A MUSICAL WORKSHOP AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Trinidadian born Calypsonian, Alexander D. Great, presents a Musical Talk on the legacy of those 492 Caribbean Calypsonians, including Lord Kitchener, who went to Britain in 1948 to assist in the country’s post-war reconstruction. The Musical Talks are Free to the public. They will be held at the following NALIS Public Libraries:

San Juan Public Library - Tuesday 12th February, 2008
Point Fortin Public Library - Wednesday 13th February, 2008
National Library, POS - Thursday 14th February, 2008
Sangre Grande Public Library - Friday 15th February, 2008

The following will be discussed:

  1. A selection of early recordings of Lord Kitchener, Lord Beginner, Mighty Terror and Roaring Lion, who all spent time in Britain from the late 1940’s until the 1960’s presented by Trinidadian born Calypsonian Alexander D. Great who went there as a toddler in 1951.
  2. Alexander will sing a selection from his own album ‘The Windrush Collection.”
  3. He will discuss the legacy and some of the experiences of the “Windrushers” as nurses, bus and train drivers and others who had to face racism and discrimination whilst still being “British Citizens” and their contribution to multicultural Britain. These will include Alexander’s and his family’s personal experiences.
  4. Q & A session at the end of the presentation for school children and public attendees.
  5. Resource packs and CDs will be made available for further study and enjoyment at each of the libraries visited. 

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