Born in Belmont, Port of Spain, on the beautiful island of Trinidad, Alexander D Great, aka D M Alexander Loewenthal [BA (hons)], moved to the UK at the age of four. He began his musical career aged 15 singing folk songs in London pubs and clubs. After a 30 – year career playing a variety of genres including Soul, Blues, R&B and Reggae, he returned to his calypso roots in the late 1980s, creating his own fusion of Calypso and Poetry, “Socablues”. He is a classically trained musician, a poet, composer, writer, broadcaster, educator, and one of the UKs most accomplished Calypsonians.
As the BBC’s Calypsonian – in – residence (musical commentator) from 2000 -2012 Alexander provided a weekly satirical comment on the week’s news. His social commentaries and cutting political satires have ensured his position as the UK’s premier Calypsonian. Alex is a master of the workshop to production approach, a skill he has honed to perfection. He coaches emerging young calypsonians and runs calypso/poetry workshops in schools and colleges throughout the UK; he is the leading exponent of Calypso in Education in Britain.
Alex has worked in Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. His illustrious career in the music industry spans three decades, during which time he toured Europe and the USA with several bands and played a diverse range of music, including Soul, Reggae, early Rhythm and Blues, and even Baroque. An independent musician, he has earned a reputation for creating innovative, high quality, edutainment, with an emphasis on social commentary; he runs his own small record label.
His main instruments are Keyboards and Guitar, but he has also studied Cello, Baroque Flute and Sitar. Alex speaks German, and French. His many achievements include:
- Twice winner of the Calypso Monarch title at London’s Notting Hill Carnival
- Two years as Composer in Education for Performing Rights Society
- Tutor of Song writing at Rockschool, Selhurst College (later to become the BRITSCHOOL),
- Editorial consultant on Making Music – The Guide to Writing, Performing and Recording by George Martin
He is a member of the Musicians’ Union, representing them on their Equalities Committee, a member of Performing Right Society (PRS) and the Association of Calypsonians UK (ACUK). Alex has given lectures and presentations at several universities/institutions including Goldsmiths, Queen’s University Belfast, Brunel and Trinity College, London; he has also worked with the Victoria & Albert Museum to deliver presentations on Calypso.