THE HON. LOUISE BENNETT COVERLEY – HER WORK EXPERIENCE
Louise Bennett Coverley hosted two radio programmes for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) while in England – Caribbean Carnival (1945–1946) and West Indian Night (1950).
She later worked for the Jamaica Social Welfare Commission from 1955 to 1959 and taught folklore and drama at the University of the West Indies. From 1965 to 1982, she produced Miss Lou’s Views, a series of radio monologues, and in 1970 she commenced hosting the children’s television programme Ring Ding which aired until 1982. She also appeared in various motion pictures including Calypso (1958) and Club Paradise (1986).
Bennett Coverley wrote several books and poetry in Jamaican Patois, which spurred its recognition as a “nation language” in its own right. She also released numerous recordings of traditional Jamaican folk music, and recordings from her radio and television shows including Jamaican Folk Songs, Children’s Jamaican Songs and Games, Miss Lou’s Views, Listen to Louise, Carifesta Ring Ding, and The Honourable Miss Lou. She is credited with giving Harry Belafonte the foundation for his 1956 hit song “Day-O” (“The Banana Boat Song”) by telling him about the Jamaican folk song “Hill and Gully Rider” (also called “Day Dah Light”).
Louise Bennett Coverley