THE CLOWN PRINCE OF LUCIAN CALYPSO DIES
Well known calypsonian Sylvester, “The Living Chassis” Calderon, passed away on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 at the Victoria Hospital. He was 64. Chassis is reported to having been battling an illness for some time now.
The veteran Calypsonian had been credited for helping to develop calypso in Saint Lucia and establishing the once popular Uprising Calypso Tent here. He was also a police officer.
According to the Calypso publication Lucian Kaiso, Chassis spent a sizeable twenty-four years of his life working for the two major local cinemas at the time, Gaiety and Clarke’s, which have also served as major venues for popular entertainment including Calypso. The publication notes that Chassis credited Jackson with bringing him into his first tent, the Veterans in 1977.
However, Chassis traced his interest in entertainment way back to his school days at the Methodist School where he made contact with the talents of people like Carro and the actress Sextus Charles. It is from there that he developed the burning ambition to entertain “my people” - a popular refrain of his.
Chassis made his mark in our calypso history as a hardworking organizer and leader. He functioned over the years as a tent leader of the Veterans, Shaolin Temple, Uprising and Untouchables calypso tents. He was actually the founder of Uprising and Untouchables and was also a charismatic public relations officer at both the tent level and National Calypso Association level. His achievements included many trophies over the years for his hard work, third place in the 1977 finals, and Most Improved Calypsonian in 1992. That last honour came after speaking his mind in an earlier calypso “Honour Him”, suggesting to Saint Lucians that it was time to honour “The Living Chassis”.
However, Chassis’s vast popularity across Saint Lucia was largely through the humour and fun that flowed through his performances and followed him around even in everyday life. Just considering the variety of names Chassis had over the years can bring a flood of hilarious memories to calypso lovers.
Chassis will be laid to rest on Wednesday January 13, 2016.
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