Mighty Duke

Mighty Duke

Real Name:
Kelvin Pope
Born in Point Fortin, South Trinidad, ‘Duke’ carved a niche in the calypso world for himself at a time when he had to compete with some of the biggest names in the business. His unique voice, mastery of composition and a knack for picking the right social themes made him a popular favorite with calypso enthusiasts.
He became renowned not only for delivering social commentary: political and witty, humorous songs with equal skill, dignity and lyrical mastery, but also for his charismatic stately stage presence and for being one of the best-dressed calypsonians of all time. Indeed, his sartorial skills were often the envy of those in an industry pregnant with prima donnas and rife with egotists.

To date, Duke is the only Calypsonian in Trinidad and Tobago’s history to have won the Calypso Monarch title four consecutive times: 1968 with “What is Calypso” and “Social Bacchanal,” 1969 with “Black is Beautiful” and “One Foot Visina,” 1970 with “Brotherhood of Man” and “See Through” and 1971 with “Mathematical Formula” and “Melvie and Yvonne.” He also won the Road March Title with “Thunder” in 1987.

In a career that spanned over 50 years, Duke consistently demonstrated that he had a firm grasp of international and regional Caribbean issues and a thorough understanding of the importance of a global awareness. With such songs as “How Many More Must Die” and “Apartheid” he was a vocal critic of colonialism and apartheid in Africa. In 1970, Mighty Duke was honored with the Humming Bird gold medal for his musical accomplishments.

The Duke lived a long and fulfilling life recording Calypsos from 1964. His Calypsos remain a living testament to the momentous contribution of this mighty calypso icon and he will be remembered for his passion for the art form and one of the best in the business – present or past. Below are some of the songs that Duke recorded over the years:
1964 - Woop Wap; Racial Segregation
1968 - What Is Calypso, Social Bacchanal
1969 - All Night, Tonight; Black Is Beautiful; Bring It Back; One Foot Visina
1970 - Beast for Sale; Brotherhood of Man; See Through
1971 - Mathematical Formula; Melvie and Yvonne; Carnival in Trinidad
1973 - Tonight
1974 - Ah Never Do That; Ah Wish Ah Was; Axe Handle Freda; Class Is Class; Cock of the Rock
1977 - Uhuru; Mr. Jarvis; Be Yourself; Black Is Back; Calypso Will Never Die; The Cannibals; Carnival Fire
1978 - Barbers Complaints; Black Woman; Carnival Time 1979 -Bam Bam Oui; Do What You Doing
1980 - Freaking Streaking
1981 - Answer the Question; A Point of Direction
1982 - Mystery of Life; No Man But Me; Advantage; Babylon Go Fall
1983 - Love Me All Over; DJ Honeyneedle
1984 - Rock Meh; Land of Love
1985 - Ah Got The Feeling; Apartheid; Artificial World
1986 - How Many More Must Die; Treat Your Woman Nice; Ah Want You To Love Me
1987 - Thunder
1988 - Outrageous; Pan in Yuh Rookcung-Kertungcung; Acid Wash
1989 - Yahhh Hhhh; Ah Tired Do That
1991 - Get on Radical
1992 - Rocket in Yuh Pocket
1993 - Role Model; Yuh Come to Dance
1994 - Soca Have Meh Tu Bey
1995 - Don’t Destroy Calypso; Get A Life
1996 - Play Yourself; Furhman
2000 - Things Chang
2001 - Memories of the Yeare Up; Horn Proof; There’s No Excuse.


Mighty Duke Discography Tracks


TSI-2017 The Mighty Duke* Black Is Beautiful(LP) Tropico TSI-2017 Trinidad & Tobago 1969 Sell This Version
MAPS-1890 The Mighty Duke* Calypso - All Night Tonight(LP, Album) MCA Records MAPS-1890 Trinidad & Tobago 1970 Sell This Version
The Mighty Duke* Exciting Calypso Tropico Trinidad & Tobago 1971 Sell This Version
TSI-2030 The Mighty Duke* Calypso A' La King(LP) Tropico TSI-2030 Trinidad & Tobago 1972 Sell This Version
LP-9027, C 9027 Mighty Duke A Message From The Man(LP, Album) Camille Records, Camille Records LP-9027, C 9027 US 1973 Sell This Version
Mighty Duke Cock Of The Rock Camille Records US 1975 Sell This Version
LP 904 The Mighty Duke* On Stage(LP) Camille Records LP 904 Trinidad & Tobago 1976 Sell This Version
The Mighty Duke* Poetry & Music Charlie's Records US 1977 Sell This Version
DCR 143 The Mighty Duke* Tribute To Maestro(LP) Charlie's Records DCR 143 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
SS-1079-1 Duke* Harps Of Gold(LP, Album) Sharc SS-1079-1 Trinidad & Tobago 1980 Sell This Version
B'sR1009 Duke* Over And Over And Over Again(LP, Album) B's Records B'sR1009 US 1982 Sell This Version
GS 2245 Mighty Duke Carnival Anniversary(LP) Straker's Records GS 2245 US 1983 Sell This Version
GS 2253 Mighty Duke Calypso Forever(LP) Straker's Records GS 2253 US 1984 Sell This Version
GS 2262 Duke* Land Of Love(LP, Album) Straker's Records GS 2262 US 1985 Sell This Version
GS 2266 Duke* In These Times(LP, Album) Straker's Records GS 2266 US 1986 Sell This Version
LEM-DKE-0101 Duke* Yesterday Today Tomorrow(LP, Album) Lem's Records LEM-DKE-0101 US 1987 Sell This Version
JW-DKE-002 Duke* Poison(LP) JW Productions JW-DKE-002 US 1988 Sell This Version
J.W. DKE-018 Duke* Party For Yuh Life!(LP) JW Productions J.W. DKE-018 US 1989 Sell This Version
JW-DKE-028 Duke* Total Dis-Order(LP) JW Productions JW-DKE-028 US 1990 Sell This Version
DCR 3559 Duke* Hotel Time(LP) Charlie's Records DCR 3559 US 1991 Sell This Version
GS 2355 Duke* The Phung-Uh-Nung Sweet(LP) Straker's Records GS 2355 US 1992 Sell This Version
S.I.L.P. 0020 Duke* Calypso Ah King Ah Duke Ah Pope(LP) Spice Island Records S.I.L.P. 0020 US 1993 Sell This Version
Duke* Mask (Album) Ice Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
RDR-V-3220 Duke* Timbuktu(LP) Not On Label RDR-V-3220 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TW-3409 Mighty Duke Crime Wave / Grenada Girl(7") Telco TW-3409 US 1968 Sell This Version

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