Album Remarks & Appraisals:
In the tradition of the West Africa griots and the ancient Greek epic poets / storytellers, calypso music has long provided a form of social commentary for the Trinidadian and Tobagonian peoples. Originating from the kaiso music of Western Africa and evolving with various influences over time, calypso is to Trinidad and Tobago as reggae is to Jamaica and samba is to Brazil. Despite tackling often-serious subject matter, a calypsonian conveys it all in a humorous - sometimes bawdy - but always inherently enjoyable manner. This collection highlights a selection of classic and modern calypsos.
Liner Note Authors: Diz Heller; Chris Tomsett.
This lively collection from the Arc label celebrates the vibrant Afro-Caribbean sounds of calypso music. Spanning from the 1950s to contemporary times, the songs on Discover Calypso are at times playful, cheerful, and filled with the laid-back style that has come to identify many of the Caribbean traditions. Filled with chiming guitars, horns, steel drums, and other lively percussion, this is a joyful and pleasant calypso collection. ~ Timothy Monger