Kitch by Anthony Joseph review – Windrush’s calypso chronicler

Anthony Joseph skilfully fills in the patchy life story of the singer known as Lord Kitchener, who wrote London is the Place for Me on the voyage from Trinidad

In footage recorded by Pathé News on 22 June 1948, “Lord Kitchener” – as the charming Trinidadian musician Aldwyn Roberts was known – demonstrated his worthiness of the title “the King of Calypso” as he stood in zoot suit and trilby on the gangway of the MV Empire Windrush and regaled his new home with a calypso he’d composed on the ship, “London is the Place for Me”.

Kitch gravitated to the Port of Spain ghetto, La Cour Harpe, which attracted pimps, desperadoes and steel-bandsmen

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