Calypso Monarch 2009 Dr Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool yesterday said he was surprised by all the negative comments about his winning calypso “My Hart and I,” a satirical double entendre on the firing of Trade and Industry Minister Dr Keith Rowley. It was a new song as he made it to the final with “Ah not in that”.
Calypsonian Winston “Gypsy” Peters has openly criticised the song as the worst calypso sung by Chalkdust. He said Liverpool played on the sentiments of the judges and crowd. Dethroned monarch Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osuna also questioned the judges choice saying his composition “Obama the First” deserved a higher placing than eighth position. However, Liverpool yesterday expressed surprise that the talk had reached radio and television stations. He did not want to comment on criticisms saying, “I don’t take part in those things. I leave it to the public to deal wit that.” “I sang the essence of calypso. That’s what it’s about. It’s journalism. It’s using the mask, figures of speech to recreate an event,” Liverpool continued. Liverpool, whose witty calypsos earned him the monarch title seven other times before equalling Sparrow’s record of eight titles this year, had a few words for his critics. Read More



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