Reign Of Terra Set To Launch

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Press Release:- The Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre will officially launch its latest publication at a special event scheduled to be held on Thursday October 7th, 2021. The book entitled “The Reign of Terra: The Mighty Terra and the Modern Calypso Movement in Saint Lucia” was published by the FRC in August 2021.

The program is designed to be very interactive in keeping with the vibrancy of the calypso tent. It will include tributes to the Mighty Terra and brief performances by leading calypsonians who will pay homage to the eight-time calypso monarch.

The event is scheduled to start at 3.00. pm. and will be simultaneously livestreamed and
broadcast on Calabash Television.

The book tells the story of the growth of Mc Griffin “Blakes” Theodore, also known as the
Mighty Terra, as a calypso writer, composer and performer during the period 1956 – 1966, the decade immediately preceding the attainment of Associated Statehood in Saint Lucia.

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The Mighty Terra won the calypso monarch title eight times in Saint Lucia and once in Ottawa, Canada. In his calypsos Terra addresses the social, political and day-to-day issues of that era.

In a review published in the Voice of St. Lucia on September 15, 2021, John Robert Lee stated The Reign of Terra: The Mighty Terra and the Modern Calypso Movement in Saint Lucia is “yet another substantial contribution to locally produced literature that documents our cultural, social and creative arts development. It is an additional text that can fit the needed curriculum if we ever take seriously the necessity to teach in schools, to promote on media, our culture, history, literature, creative arts.”

The book was researched and compiled by Embert Charles, who for the past thirty-five years has written on calypso, and was the founding editor of Lucian Kaiso, a magazine on calypso also published by the FRC. It is a part of a calypso research programme of the FRC.

The publication was made possible with financial assistance from many agencies and individuals including J.E. Maxwell and Company, LUCELEC, UNESCO National Commission, First National Bank and the Cultural Development Foundation.

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