INDEPENDENCE AWARDEE PROFILE – SYLVESTER HODGE

 

 

Sylvester Hodge, also known as “King Socrates” has been a name synonymous with the development of culture within the art form of Calypso, over the last forty years.

As a singer, song writer, musical arranger and band leader, he has not only created a name for himself locally, regionally and internationally but has been instrumental in assisting in the development on many other calypsonians by unselfishly sharing his skills in song writing and musical arrangements.

He has helped in no small way, to develop the platform on which the female calypsonians can now stand on their own against their male counterparts, in the national calypso monarch competition, even to the point of successfully representing our Federation regionally.

The same fervor is applied in helping the next generation of calypsonians, to take the mantle to the next level.

This was all part of his dream when he founded the Legends Band/Calypso Tent, twenty years ago. It was designed so that more calypsonians, male and females, young and not so young could flourish at no cost to themselves.

 

In his mind, his accomplishment of winning some seventeen (17) calypso titles at various levels of competition both locally and regionally, pales in comparison to the contribution he has made to the career of the many others, who are now paying it forward by way of maintain the high standard of the calypso art form that is very highly respected, locally, regionally and internationally. This he sees as his greatest legacy.

TODAY WE PROUDLY SALUTE MR SYLVESTER HODGE FOR THE MEDAL OF HONOUR IN THE FIELD OF CALYPSO AND MUSIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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