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The UWI Mourns Passing of Honorary Graduate, Andrew “Lord Superior” Marcano

For Release Upon Receipt - November 27, 2018

St. Augustine

Remarking on Saturday’s passing of veteran calypsonian Lord Superior, UWI St. Augustine Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland said, “It is with great sadness that, once again, the nation has received news of the passing of one of its great artistes.” UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles also joined in expressing condolences on behalf of The UWI.

Professor Copeland added, “Lord Superior (or Supie as he was also called) was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by The UWI in 2017. In nominating him for the award, Professor Rhoda Reddock described him as one who “has embodied every aspect of the Calypso art form: lyrical genius, brilliant musical composer and producer, charismatic performer who is a master of extempore, a visionary and entrepreneur, a truly outstanding Trinidad and Tobago cultural icon”.

Lord Superior has always gone beyond the traditional path of calypsonians and chosen a multi-faceted path. He was the first calypsonian to produce his own hit on his very own label (La Carib), his calypso classics include Coconut, Spread Joy, San Fernando Carnival, Saga Ting, Standardise Pan, Respect Calypsonians, Long Live Calypso, and Cultural Assassination. Later, he would be the first calypsonian to perform at Madison Square Garden in New York in 1968. In 2001, he was co-producer of the award-winning documentary, Calypso Dreams, which chronicles the art form of calypso in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2015, Trinidad and Tobago awarded him the Hummingbird Medal of the Order of the Trinity (Silver) for Culture and the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association presented him with a Media Pioneer Award for his role as a radio liberalisation advocate.

On behalf of the entire university community, Vice-Chancellor Beckles and Principal Copeland extend condolences to the family and friends of Lord Superior.





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