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UWI degrees for kaiso bards

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Sunday, August 20, 2017
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Calypsonians Winsford “Joker” Devine and Andrew (Lord Superior) Marcano are among four Trinidad nationals who have been awarded honorary degrees from the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Joining them for such honours at the forthcoming graduation ceremony at the St Augustine campus will be compatriots social activist Hazel Browne and writer and historian Clem Seecharan.

UWI announced the awardees for each of its three campuses in a press release on Friday. The university will confer 12 honorary degrees at its 2017 graduation ceremonies.

UWI awards honorary degrees to individuals of eminence in the arts, sciences and other fields of intellectual endeavour, as well as to persons who have made outstanding regional or international contributions.

Devine has had a prolific career as a composer and arranger that spans more than 40 years and in excess of 500 calypsoes. He is reputed for putting out an average of 40 calypsoes per season in the 1980s and has been awarded the Humming Bird Medal (silver) for his contribution to music and the arts.

Frequently referred to as “Supie,” Superior made his debut in 1954 at age 16 singing a hit song titled Coconut. In those days he was recognised as the youngest calypsonian to perform locally. He retired from active competition in 1975 after winning the South title on two occasions and placing fourth in the Calypso King competition in Port-of-Spain. He travelled the globe frequently with Lord Kitchener and Lord Melody while performing steadily for several years in the US Virgin Islands.

In 2015, Marcano was awarded the Hummingbird Medal of the Order of the Trinity (Silver) for culture and a Media Pioneer Award by the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association for his role as a radio liberalisation advocate.

Brown has spent most of her adult life as an activist in women’s affairs.

The 2017 graduation ceremonies will see new Chancellor, Robert Bermudez, presiding over the ceremonies and conferring degrees to the following honorary graduands.

Dame Selma Udine Jackman – DSc

Prof Ihron Rensburg – LLD

Professor Emeritus John Edward Greene, AA – LLD

Wesley J. Hall, ICD.D – LLD

Antony Hart, CD. JP – LLD

Olive Senior – DLitt

Edwidge Danticat – DLitt

Hazel Brown – LLD

Winsford Devine – DLitt

Andrew Marcano – DLitt

Prof Emeritus Clem Seecharan – DLitt