One of the Pioneers of the calypso art form in Saint Lucia, Sylvester Calderon, better known as “the Living Chassis”, is dead, members of the calypso fraternity have confirmed.
Chassis had been suffering from an unspecified illness.
He, along with others such as Caro and Lord Jackson, have been hailed as the persons who helped to develop calypso here to the stage where it currently is.
Chassis is also credited with playing a leading role in the founding the Uprising Calypso Tent.
He is best known for the calypso – “Nothing is we business until it reach crisis.”
Chassis also became embroiled in controversy when at one point in his career, he was accused of plagiarism of a Trinidad and Tobago calypso.
His response was to sing another well known calypso – “Dubie in the 10K.”
Friends remember him as being humorous and energetic.
However, they told the Times that for the past two weeks Chassis, who was diabetic, had been a patient at Victoria Hospital where his condition had deteriorated to the point where he had lost sight in one eye.
The former Police Officer whom family members told the Times was 64 years old, passed away this morning.
The Calypso fraternity is planning to meet with his family to organize the funeral.