Tuesday, November 17, 2009

..Chalkdust: Money well spent



Calypso icon Horace ’Chalkdust’ Liverpool says what he has seen of the National Academy of the Performing Arts (NAPA) so far was money ’well spent’ with a lot of space for steelbands .
Liverpool, who will be one of the tutors teaching calypso at NAPA, said ’it (the building) wouldn’t assist the calypso art form in any way. It will assist the calypso art form if we have classes and training programme’.
He was speaking to reporters who had just completed a tour of the NAPA facility facilitated by the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT).
Liverpool was there doing sound checks in preparation for a production arranged by the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), which is scheduled to take place at the NAPA concert hall this evening.
He said that UTT, which will be managing the classrooms and two multi-functional rooms that can double as small theatres which have capacities 300 and 175 seats respectively, is now working ’on training programmes in calypso and carnival.’
’We are now writing the courses and we are now validating them. I am sure that by next year those courses are going to start...We have a thing called Caribbean music. We are having degrees in Carnival arts so that persons can get their masters programme in Carnival arts,’ Liverpool said.

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_news?id=161558738



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