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Lord Pretender memorabilia

The certificate for the Humming Bird Medal, one of the two national awards given to Lord Pretender.
A collection containing eight photographs and three certificates. Among the latter are two national awards given to Lord Pretender by the government of Trinidad and Tobago in 1972 and 1994 respectively. The photographs show Lord Pretender in various setings: performing at a calypso tent; receiving his first national award from Governor-General Sir Solomon Hochoy; greeting the American boxer, Muhammed Ali; and standing with fellow calypsonians, Sparrow and Kitchener.

Lord Pretender (Alric Farrell), noted calypsonian from Trinidad and Tobago, was born in 1917. He began performing at the age of twelve and his career lasted for seventy-two years. In 1957, he won the calypso monarch competition. Lord Pretender was a master of the extempo' form of calypso in which the singer spontaneously composes a calypso. He died in 2002.

These items belonged to Lord Pretender.