Aldwyn Roberts, aka Lord Kitchener, 1922–2000

Trinidadian calypsonian Aldwyn Roberts, AKA Lord Kitchener. Photograph: Ron Burton
  • Aldwyn Roberts, aka Lord Kitchener, performing in London in the 1950s.
  • Born in Arima, on the island of Trinidad, a British colony in the West Indies, the son of a blacksmith.
  • In 1942 Roberts moved to the capital, Port of Spain, and recorded a CALYPSO song commercially.
  • In 1945 he took the performance name ‘Lord Kitchener’ (a British military hero of African colonial wars in the late nineteenth century).
  • ‘Kitch’ was touring Jamaica, singing, in 1947–48, and he joined the MV Windrush on its voyage to London in 1948.
  • When the Windrush docked in Tilbury, Kitchener sang his calypso ‘London is the place for me’ (in the video) for the Pathé News team and he was a star.
  • In 1962 he returned to Trinidad and had a long successful career as a calypso singer and musician.