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Posted By: MorwenEdhelwen1
15-Apr-11 - 07:28 PM
Thread Name: Biography: Lord Invader- calypsonian- anyone knew?
Subject: Biography: Lord Invader's day job?
Does anyone know any concrete information about what Lord Invader's job was when he wasn't singing? Many calypsonians had other jobs as well. Lord Executor, another calypso pioneer, is said to have been a clerk, and King Radio, another calypsonian closely associated with Invader, was a dockworker (though I don't know what he did specifically). I know that Invader (whose music I found on YouTube and who I now consider a great calypsonian and songwriter) travelled to America twice, once in the 1930s and again in the 1940s for a lawsuit over "Rum and Coca-Cola". When he went to America he was able to make money from singing at the Caribbean Club. Some of the older posters here may have known (or be) prominent figures of the American folk revival. I'm wondering if any of those posters, especially those who met or knew Alan Lomax, also met and/or knew Lord Invader, and if he ever told anyone he knew in America about his life in Trinidad before he became a calypsonian.