Roaring Lion Foundation (RLF) Ongoing Projects
Her er RLF’s Vintage Calypso Youtube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/RealRoaringlion
10th May 2015 Mother’s day Calypso tribute: RLF dedicated two Calypso classics by King Radio & The Mighty Destroyer on WACK Radio. They were broadcasted two days before and on Mother’s Day. Kindly listen to them here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR-EcOeXRHI
February 2015. Radio segments: Kindly listen to RLF’s Valentine Calypsos from the late 1930s. These Calypsos are also aired twice weekly on WACK radio between the 11.2.15 and Valenties day on the 14.2.15. Airplay time is ca. 12.10pm & 6.10 pm. Here is the youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGDw9OBppoM
September 2014: Radio segments: In September 2014 RLF aired, twice weekly and for four weeks, “WWII calypso” segments on WACK Radio 90,1 FM. Each segment was subsequently made available on RLF’s YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAhZdDTsv5S3YAVNOby9owQ
1st segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfS-I0ThRO0
2nd segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmDeT6R_lR0
3rd segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vULYQaqzmc
On the 1st of September 1939, Germany invaded Poland and by the 3rd of September, Great Britain had declared war on Germany. Britain’s declaration of war effectively meant that Trinidad & Tobago was also at war with Germany. World War 2, which followed the Great Depression of the 1930’s, were desperate times for the people of T&T.
Trinibagonians were volunteering to join the West Indian Regiment to help defend the motherland. But many joined the army only because they needed to provide food and shelter for their families.
During the war, rationing of staple foods in T&T became commonplace, and there was an acute and real fear of being bombed or invaded by German forces. Carnival was banned between 1942-1945 because of this threat. The German U-boat focus moved from the Western and Mid Atlantic to the Eastern Atlantic and Southern Caribbean after the USA entered the war in December 1941. Merchant and Allied battleships were being torpedoed and sank in Caribbean Sea in great numbers. http://www.usmm.org/natlantic.html
Germany attacked Aruba which at the time had one of the largest, if not the largest oil refineries in the world. Trinidad was then the largest oil pruducing country in the British Empire thus making us strtegically vital to all waring parties. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Aruba http://www.desertwar.net/battle-of-the-caribbean.html.
Last but not least, the War brought thousands of American soldiers to Trinidad’s shores and they were stationed at US bases throughout the island. Trinidad became the USA’s Mmilitary and Naval anchor in the Southern Caribben. Kindly check out this link for more info on Trinidad’s significant role during WW2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XC_Gyfff8Y
We actually helped to win the Battle Of The Atlantic.
Calypsonians wrote and sang about the eventfull period from a multitude of perspectives, summing up the dymanics, sentiments and historical events of their era. Many of these World War II calypsos are very factual, informative, analytical, and in some instances, even prophetic. Some Calypsos that were recorded in 1939 and 1940 predicted that the USA would enter the War on the side of Great Britain and that Germany would finally lose. This outcome was not that obvious to Great Britain back in the winter of 1940.
In 2013, several World War 2 calypsos by Atilla, Lion, King Radio, Tiger, Growler, Beginner, Executor & Invader were featured at the Florida Holocaust Museum exhibition. http://www.holocaustmuseumswfl.org/calypso-on-display-at-the-holocaust-museum/
2014 Mount Lambert RC Computer Project
2014: While engaging with Mt. Lambert RC primary school in 2013, RLF noticed that the school had an air-conditioned computer lab, equipped with tables and chairs, but they had no computers or Internet connection. Taking into consideration that this school has approximately 300 pupils, and many of these pupils do not have computers at home, RLF lobbied our friends and supporters and raised the necessary funds, to purchase brand new parts for five (5) desktop computers. Mr Kurt Banfield, our friend and supporter assembled and installed them. Mr Banfield is also a past pupil of Mt. Lambert RC School and was also responsible, together with Natifah Jones for running our “Youth Internet Cafe” in Mt. Lambert between 2004 and 2007.
The school pays the monthly Internet fee. RLF will maintain these computers because we believe that children who are not computer literate in today’s society are at a great disadvantage.
2013 Mt. Lambert RC School Tennis Project:
Thanks to Mr. Odo-:)
In 2013 Mr. Odo, a resident of Mt. Lambert approached RLF to support him to coach tennis at Mt. Lambert RC primary school. They have a beautiful tennis court but had absolutely no equipment. RLF purchased polls and a net, rackets, balls, skipping ropes etc., at an approximate cost of TT$3500.
Since May, 2013 Mr. Odo has been training the children once a week. RLF would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Odo for his contribution to the community.
Our picture gallery shows pictures of other projects that we have had or facilitated.