Sen. Jackson Remembers Tradition Bearer, Calypsonian Lord Blakie

Kenneth “Lord Blakie” Blake

Tradition bearer and a renowned Calypsonian, the Lord Blakie has left an indelible mark on Virgin Islands history and culture. In his professional life, he served honorably as a police officer until his retirement from government service.

My earlier encounter with him began with the Virgin Islands entry into the Smithsonian Institution 1990 Folklife Festival on the Washington Mall in Washington, D.C. He was selected as a presenter with other noted Virgin Islands tradition bearers for the music program of the Virgin Islands. He was a good storyteller, and as a renowned calypsonian, he provided the historical context of our contributions to this music form and those of our region.

During the Folklife Festival’s restaging on the islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas, he actively participated in making the programs a success. His contributions to the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee and the advancement of our Festival Arts are duly noted and will go down in the annals of Virgin Islands and Caribbean history for his untiring efforts.

During times of controversy and indifference regarding Carnival matters, he kept his cool and would do his best to bring the best results to the forefront. He loved these islands dearly and to that we are indebted to his service and commitment to his people and homeland. May his soul Rest in Peace!

Sen. Myron D. Jackson