When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of calypsonian, Lord Superior,
aka BROTHER SUPERIOR
REAL NAME:Andrew Marcano
DATE OF BIRTH:1938PLACE OF BIRTH:Rio Claro,
CAREER:Frequently referred to as "Supie," Superior made his debut in 1954 at age 16 singing a hit song entitled "Coconut" at the Victory Calypso Tent in Port of Spain. In those days he was recognised as the youngest calypsonian to perform locally. He was considered to be the first calypsonian to produce a record on his own record label, the first to Perform at the Madison Square Gardens, in New York, USA, and the first to produce a full-length calypso musical. 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 the Lord Kitchener and Lord Melody while performing steadily for several years in the US Virgin Islands. Superior's calypsoes include:
DIED:November 24, 2018, in New York, USA, after a long illness.
Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit
Lord, we lose yet another cultural icon. Deepest condolences and sincerest sympathies to all. May his soul R.I.P. :-(
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Lord Superior - White Man Wife
Rest in peace my brother
Condolences to family, friends and the Calypso community. Long live his name-Supie!
It is with a great sense of loss that I write these words. Over the past ten years Andrew Marcano had become one of my closest friends in the music business. I always remember the late Dr. Pat Bishop calling me to ask if I would accompany Brother Superior for a small presentation she had undertaken in her duties at NCC, and I jumped at the opportunity. Suffice to say, it was the start of our great friendship which culminated in my becoming the Director of his Vintage Band "Reflections", and our efforts to carry on the work of keeping alive the many splendid compositions of those calypsonians who had preceded him and offering a small stipend to those who were still alive and wanted the chance to sing again. Some of the shows done by the Vintage Brigade paid tribute to Spoiler, and Melody, and Regeneration Now were usually our opening act with their many renditions of past greats. Our plans were to pay tribute to Christo in the new season but alas the Good Lord has seen it fit to summon our friend to his eternal reward. May he rest in peace.
Please accept my sincere condolences. Your efforts were important, perhaps this can stimulate a more comprehensive response from the Calypso fraternity.
Vintage Unplugged Season 2 Episode 4- Lord Superior
We were saddened to hear of the death of Andrew Marcano “Lord Superior”, and want to express our condolences to his family and the nation.
Lord Superior’s contribution to the development of the Calypso Art Form spanned over 64 years, and he would surely be missed.
The National Pan Fraternity joins with the nation in mourning the loss of this national icon.
Public Relations Officer
On behalf of the New Pan Trinbago Executive
LORD Superior was a pioneer in the calypso world who leaves behind a career that was as long as it was studded with significant firsts.
Born in a sleepy corner of Rio Claro in South Trinidad in 1938, Marcano made his debut in calypso at 16, singing a number called Coconut at the Victory Calypso Tent in Port of Spain. He went on to become one of the longest-standing and most vocal advocates for the art form in a career that spanned six decades.
According to the National Carnival Commission, Superior, who died on Saturday in New York, was the first calypsonian to produce his debut record under his own music label (La Carib, 1959); the first to perform at Madison Square Garden (1968); and the first to open a year-round calypso tent (Legion Hall, 1976). At one stage, he owned a radio station, Superior Radio, that was specifically dedicated to calypso 24 hours per day, having fought a battle to obtain a radio licence.