Skip to main content

Lord Pretender Memorabilia

Identifier: SC60


A collection containing eight photographs and three certificates. Among the latter are two national awards given to Lord Pretender by the government of Trinidad and Tobago in 1972 and 1994 respectively. The photographs show Lord Pretender in various settings: performing at a calypso tent; receiving his first national award from Governor-General Sir Solomon Hochoy; greeting the American boxer, Muhammed Ali; and standing with fellow calypsonians, Sparrow and Kitchener.


  • Creation: 1940 - 1994

Biographical / Historical

Lord Pretender (Alric Farrell), noted calypsonian from Trinidad and Tobago, was born in 1917. He began performing at the age of twelve and his career lasted for seventy-two years. In 1957, he won the calypso monarch competition. Lord Pretender was a master of the 'extempo' form of calypso in which the singer spontaneously composes a calypso. He died in 2002.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Custodial History

These items belonged to Lord Pretender. Ruthven Farrell, the calypsonian's nephew, donated them to the library in 2002 after his uncle's death.

Lord Pretender memorabilia
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies Repository

St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
868-662-2002 Ext 82132
868-662-9238 (Fax)