Shirlane Hendrickson interview


Shirlane Hendrickson interview


Date of birth: October 29, 1961
Place of birth: Trou Macaque, Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago
Lived abroad: splits time between U.S. and T&T, naturalized U.S. citizen
Awards (as of March 2018): four times Calypso Queen, 1998-2001
Best songs/best-known songs: “Understanding,” “Teach the Youth,” “Casava”
Individuals heard during the interview:
SH: Shirlane Hendrickson
HM: Hunter Moore
Trinidad and Tobago terms and expressions used in the interview:
Extempo: a form of calypso in which two singers take turns insulting each other via extemporized verse set to an established melody, known traditionally as picong or “war”
Kaiso: calypso, a “kaiso kaiso” is a true calypso
Mih: my
Nuh: you know
Pan: steel band music. Refers to both the individual musical instruments and the music as a genre
Sans humanite’: a traditional calypso melodic refrain, often used for extempo lyrics
Soca: short for “soul calypso.” An up-tempo, dance-oriented style of music originating in Trinidad and Tobago. Soca lyrics generally relate to celebration, particularly Carnival. Soca is currently the most popular form of music in Trinidad and Tobago
TUCO: Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation, promotes calypso and calypsonians




J. Hunter Moore


Shirlane Hendrickson


Queens Park West, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago



Time Summary

Subject sings: :24, 19:20, 19:29
Note about interview: At 4:45 the recording was stopped, the volume adjusted, and the recording was started again