Republic Bank, in collaboration with US-based Sunshine Awards Organisation, hosted the first-ever Republic Bank Icon Merit award ceremony. The event honoured living calypso icon and scholar Dr Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool.
Liverpool was celebrated for his contribution to T&T’s education and cultural landscape for the past 52 years.
The evening started with a cocktail reception followed by the ceremony that began with a musical prelude featuring Errol Ince and the Music Makers. A welcome introduction was delivered by Sunshine Awards founder and chairman Gilman T Figaro Sr, followed by remarks by Republic Bank managing director Nigel Baptiste.
Performing at the event were former National Calypso monarchs Roderick “Chuck” Gordon, Kurt Allen, Sugar Aloes and Luta, Heather McIntosh, Brother Valentino and Keet Styla, who performed covers of hits by Chalkdust. Errol Fabien did a comedic tribute while hosting the show.
There was also a special tribute by students of schools where Liverpool taught.
San Fernando Boys’ RC School Choir also graced the programme, followed by presentation of the award and a framed programme of the special night.
Finally, all the performers returned on the stage with Liverpool to end the special evening.
The Republic Bank Icon Merit awards ceremony seeks to honour T&T’s pioneers in the fields of sport, culture, performing arts, humanities science, art, etc.