|Tags:||calypso caribbean soca trinidad ska|
|Decades:||1960s 1990s 2000s|
Aldwyn Roberts, 18 April 1922, Arima, Trinidad, West Indies, d. 11 February 2000, Port Of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. The self-styled grand master of calypso, Lord Kitchener was, alongside the Mighty Sparrow, the greatest exponent of Trinidads native musical style. Dubbed the peoples newspaper, calypsos lilting African and Latin American rhythms provide the perfect vehicle for the analysis of topical events, and often slyly humorous social and political commentary. Roberts, the son of a blacksmith, was brought up in the eastern Trinidad town of Arima. He attended the local government school before being forced by the death of his parents to give up education at the age of 14. Known as Bean because of his height he was already writing calypso tunes, and first performed live in 1936 serenading the employees of the local water works. He enjoyed his first local hit in 1939 with Shops Close Too Early....