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CHIEF LEROY CLARKE LIVES THE LEGACY OF A LEGENDARY LION On Saturday March 25th 2017
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This is marvelous and fantastic! I have visited De Legacy and absorbed the mystique of its exquisite environment and listened to Leroy's wisdom more than once. I often wondered when would a preservation project of much magnitude take place and by whom. This seems like the beginning of a happening to be pivotal to the magnificence of a National Museum with the highest qualities for preservation, security and ambience. Yet having De Legacy digitalised is the greatest form of and hope for its preservation. Onward Forward Ever
CHIEF LEROY CLARKE LIVES THE LEGACY OF A LEGENDARY LION
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On Saturday March 25th 2017, I invited a few ‘Heal Our Land’ stakeholders to share quality time with artist emeritus Leroy Clarke at Legacy House. Don Carrington, CEO of Caziq; musician/chef Michael Thompson; Chairman of The Little Carib Theatre, Michael Germain and photographer/videographer Bertrand De Peaza joined Shamba Farrah, Leroy’s colleague from USA.
Noticeably absent was Curtis Edwards, manager of Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, obviously inundated by the logistics of moving the band from its present location?
“THE CHIEF dwells in a museum”, I’d intimated. When you interact, you’ll leave with your own perspective on his effervescent intellect and infinite repository of works. “He’s a self-taught philosopher, scholar, artist, poet, author, mentor and champion of the cause of righteousness, conversant on any topic” I cautioned.
After three hours of banter recorded by Don, we feasted on Michael’s offering of green bananas, yam, dasheen, sweet potatoes, plantain, lentils, salt-fish ‘buljol’ and stewed ‘yard fowl’, a typical Trini creole meal. “But where’s the soursop ice cream”? Sheepishly, I was suggesting that Michael may have forgotten the dessert in his vehicle. “Oh dear”, he mused. “It is at home, in the freezer”. THE CHIEF grinned from ear to ear. “In that case”, he bellowed, “you’ll have to return tomorrow and I’ll have it all to myself”!
Edified, I felt obliged to complete a video that Bertrand and I had initiated three years ago by creating appropriate text and embellishing with music from Felix Roach, instigator of ‘Heal Our Land’.
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