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The Saint Lucia Calypso Association congratulates Herman “De Ashanti” Hippolyte on being awarded the Saint Lucia Medal of Merit (Silver) SLMM, for his contribution to the arts (calypso).  

The Association is indeed elated to learn of such commendation being bestowed on one of its very own. Hippolyte has had a long sterling career in Calypso, and has made an invaluable contribution to the art form.

Hippolyte’s entry into the Calypso arena began in 1984 with his first performance at the Take Over Tent. He won the covetous Road March title in 1986 with the popular hit “Sufferer’s Song” (Malayway). In 1990 and 1991 he was crowned Calypso Monarch, and produced hits such as “Growing Population”, “Dem Alcoholics”, “Jail”, “HIV Aids”, and “Shanti Tell Dem”.

President of the Calypso Association, David Jordan, said “this is the time to celebrate De Ashanti’s success. He has finally earned an award after much hard.”
According to Jordan, Hippolyte is one of the greats in Calypso and this recognition is a testament to his invaluable contribution to the art form.

President of the Take Over Tent for which Hippolyte is a member, Cecil Charles, said the award is well deserved and is pleased that the Government of Saint Lucia has chosen to recognize Hippolyte’s contribution to Calypso.

The Saint Lucia Medal of Merit is awarded to any person who has performed long and meritorious service in the Arts, Sciences, Literature or other such fields to Saint Lucia.
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