In Trinidad and Toabgo October is deemed Calypso History month. The National Trust held a Vintage Calypso event on Nelson Island to showcase this gem in our heritage. Lord Superior, Brother Mudada and Abebele entertained the audience with renditions of their classic Calypso tracks. Alberto, who was a special treat and surprised performer, also took to the stage to perform his songs as he was visiting Trinidad.
The Nelson Island Experience
Nelson Island is one of the five islands off Trinidad's west coast in the Gulf of Paria, comprising of approximately eight acres. Historically it was used as a landing and immigration depot, and quarantine facility for the East Indian indentured laborers during the period 1866-1917. The island remained largely unused until 1939, where renowned labour, political, and religious leader, Tubal Uriah Butler, was the sole detainee until 1945. During the 1970 Black Power Revolution it was used as a detention centre for advocates of the movement to curb the spread of their ideologies. The island has since been put under the aegis of the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago, with restoration works being conducted on the largest building on the property, building A, which formerly housed a mess hall, with work still in progress on the other buildings on the island. To raise awareness, and to educate the wider public on the importance of the island's historical impact on the cultural diversity of Trinidad and Tobago, The National Trust hosted a number of events on the island to commemorate the melting pot of people that were once housed there.