St. Maarten’s first calypso king honored

POSTED: 07/12/11 4:12 PM

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s first Calypso King Alberto “Lord Viking” Richardson was presented with an award of appreciation by King Brat at his home on Sunday afternoon in the presence of his family, friends, fellow calypsonians and representatives of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation. Richardson first won in 1963 and then won again in 1964 and 1965.

“Thank you very much my friend for that. You make me feel like an All American and I think I need some guards to keep me under control,” Richardson said when he was presented with the award.

President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation Stuart Johnson said they endorsed recognizing Richardson as part of the cultural tradition of “giving our people their flowers while they are alive.

“On behalf of the SCDF we thank and we urge you to keep on striving,” Johnson said.

SCDF Treasurer Erno Labega used the occasion to announce that Tanny and Boys and others will be paid this week. He also expressed appreciation for the fact that the calypsonians had taken it upon themselves to honor one of their colleagues.

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