Alexander D Great (Alexander Loewenthal)
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Alexander grew up in London from the age of five. On leaving school in the late 1960s he became a professional musician/songwriter. He spent a year in the USA playing with a 50-piece band. There he learned to arrange and orchestrate, after which he took a BA in Music at Dartington College, followed by a PGCE at Roehampton Institute.
After 30 years spent playing a variety of music, including rock, soul and RnB, Alex returned to his calypso roots in the late 1980s. Ethnomusicologist Professor Tina K Ramnarine carried out a fairly substantial assessment of Alexander’s work in her 2007 study of the Caribbean diaspora, Beautiful Cosmos (Pluto Press). He has appeared on television and radio in Trinidad, Dominica and the UK. From February 2000 until July 2012 he was calypsonian-in-residence for the BBC and was UK Calypso Monarch in 2010 and 2011 with ‘Haiti’ and ‘Pan Woman on Trial’.