On Friday, 28th June at 7 p.m., a lecture entitled A Queen and Her Court: A Look at the Contribution of Women to Calypso in Barbados will be delivered by Elizabeth Watson at the Barbados Museum.
In 1988, calypso history was made in Barbados when Rita was crowned calypso Monarch of Barbados. Since then, while women have been involved in the art form in increasing numbers, no other female has been able to capture the top prize in the competition. Using 1980 as its point of departure, the presentation will look at women’s involvement in calypso in Barbados in terms of their achievements, contributions and challenges.
Elizabeth Watson is Campus Librarian for the Cave Hill Campus of The University of the West Indies. She is an active researcher of Barbadian calypso with an emphasis on documentation and conservation issues. She has judged both the Pic-O-De Crop and Party Monarch Competitions and served as a commentator for both television and radio for the Pic-O-De-Crop Competition.
The lecture will be followed by the opening of the exhibition Something in de Music: The Journey of Calypso in Barbados.