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Various Artists: Discover Calypso with Arc Music

Track List

>Matilda - Calypso Eddie
>Africa - King Selewa & His Calypsonians
>Brown Skin Gal/Mary Ann - Blind Blake
>Court House Scandal - Calypso Mama
>Mary Ann - Steelasophical
>Gin and Coconut Milk - Blind Blake
>Trinidad Is the Place for Me - King Selewa & His Calypsonians
>Jumbie Jamboree - King Selewa & His Calypsonians
>Bedbug Song, The - Brownie
>Leon Morgan - King Selewa & His Calypsonians
>Back to Mi Home - King Selewa & His Calypsonians
>Island in the Sun - Steelasophical
>Pig an' Goat, De - Blind Blake
>Calypso Invasion - King Selewa & His Calypsonians
>Peas 'n' de Rice, De - Calypso Mama
>Pan Solo - Steelasophical
>J'ouvert Barre Oh - King Selewa & His Calypsonians
>Hold 'Em Joe - Andre Toussaint
>Osine O Dé - King Selewa & His Calypsonians
>Lizzie Carry Basket - Peanuts Taylor
>Fever - Steelasophical
>Mami Watta - King Selewa & His Calypsonians
>Yellow Bird - Andre Toussaint

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.

Album Notes

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


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