THE CLOWN PRINCE OF LU­CIAN CA­LYPSO DIES

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

Pop­u­lar ca­lyp­so­nian “the liv­ing Cha­sis” will be

missed.

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