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  Calypso Music - SS Empire Windrush - Icons of England   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Calypso music can be traced back to the sugar plantations of Trinidad in the late 18th century, where it arose as a means of coded, subversive communication.
Calypso is thought to have been based on a west African folk music called “kaiso”, named after a shout of encouragement in the Hausa language (something like “bravo!”).
Calypso started becoming popular outside its native culture when the first vocal recording was made in 1914 of Jules Sims and the Duke of Iron.
www.icons.org.uk /theicons/collection/ss-windrush/features/calypso   (631 words)

  Barbados Music: Calypso   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Ringbang is a fusion of all the music of the Caribbean with the focus is on the rhythm rather than the melody.
Calypso is a unique form of music that is an integral part of the Barbadian cultural landscape.
Calypso became highly organized in Barbados in 1974, with the revival of the Crop Over Festival.
www.barbados.org /music/calypso.htm   (315 words)

  Calypso (music) - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Calypso (music), form of folk music developed in Trinidad, West Indies, and originally sung at carnivals.
Calypso, one of the best-known expressions of the country’s complex musical heritage, dates from the 18th century and is a mixture of musical forms...
Soca, type of Caribbean music, a mixture of soul and calypso (the name soca is a blend of the first two letters of those words), but closer to...
encarta.msn.com /Calypso_(music).html   (159 words)

 The Origin of Calypso Music - Caribbean Culture
Early Calypso music in Trinidad was sung in French patios, and was used as a covert way to ridicule the upper class and slaveholders.
The appeal of Calypso music broadened over the years and it became a tradition for Calypso singing competitions to be held annually, during the carnival season.
Calypsos typically involved ribald and sarcastic parodies about current events and social commentary, and because Calypso music garnered such widespread popularity and high regard, socially and politically conscious calypsos influenced many of Trinidad's most important social and political events.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art24048.asp   (353 words)

 Calypso: National Geographic World Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Although a few calypsos were recorded in the first two decades of the 20th century, the major break came with the 1934 recording trip to New York after Carnival by Roaring Lion and Atilla the Hun.
In 1957, the Calypso album by Harry Belafonte sparked a short-term calypso craze in the United States and to a lesser extent around the world despite the fact that most of the album was not calypso.
Throughout the Caribbean, calypso is a major part of Carnival celebrations in Barbados, Antigua, St. Vincent and the Virgin Islands, while calypsos are sung each year at Carnivals outside the Caribbean, as in Caribana in Toronto and Notting Hill in England.
worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com /worldmusic/view/page.basic/genre/content.genre/calypso_701   (1008 words)

 The History of Jamaican Music
It was the third world's first musical star Bob Marley the lead singer of the group called Bob Marley and The Wailers who took Reggae to the masses and made it the universal language.
Calypso music was developed in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago and originally sung at Carnivals.
In Trinidad calypso music is generally sung to a guitar, maracas and steel drum (oil drums modified and tuned) accompaniment that establishes a complex counter rhythm with the voice of the singer in a style based on the percussion rhythms of native African music.
jamuzik.tripod.com /jamusic.html   (1056 words)

 Caribbean Calypso | caribbean-guide.info
Calypso's beginnings in the Caribbean are well-known: Trinidadian slaves were not allowed to speak to one another, so they began singing.
Meanwhile, soca combined calypso music with Indian styles brought to the islands with the large number of indentured servants from India.
Calypso is a unique form of music inspired by tough times in the Caribbean.
caribbean-guide.info /arts.and.entertainment/calypso   (548 words)

 Caribbean Music: Calypso and Found Percussion
Calypso is a style of music that developed in the West Indies, the islands of the Caribbean.
There is a short, introductory history of Calypso music, a song to learn (or you may prefer to choose a different calypso-style song), percussion rhythms to learn, a "found percussion" activity, and a creative writing activity.
You may want to have calypso music to play in the background as they are working on their instruments.
cnx.org /content/m11688/latest   (2817 words)

 Island Vibes Music Club - About Reggae Soca Calypso
CALYPSO: Pronounced KUH LIHP SOH, is a style of music that originated on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean.
Calypso was first originated in singing competitions by slaves during Carnivals in Trinidad.
SOCA ("Soul of Calypso"): came about when a calypsonian from Trinidad and Tobago known as Ras Shorty I was experimenting with mixing African and Indian rhythms to create a more up-tempo form of Calypso.
www.islandvibesmusic.com /ivibes3.html   (655 words)

 Jamaica Calypso | jamaica-guide.info
Calypso is the traditional music of Trinidad and Tobago – and is not as Jamaican as most people think.
Calypso was developed on the island of Trinidad from the music of slaves, and it is extremely important to modern celebrations of Carnival, even on Jamaica.
The calypso craze in the United States and Britain was spurred by calypso recordings by Harry Belafonte.
jamaica-guide.info /arts.and.entertainment/calypso   (655 words)

 Caribbean Music 101 - Trinidad's Calypso Music; Origin, Calypsonians, Influences   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Calypso rhythms can be traced back to the arrival of the first African slaves brought to work in the sugar plantations of Trinidad.
Calypso singing competitions, held annually at Carnival time, grew in popularity after the abolition of slavery by the British in the 1830s.
Originally, calypso tents were actual tents where calypsonians would practice before Carnival.
caribplanet.homestead.com /101.html   (1559 words)

 Metroactive Movies | 'Calypso Dreams'
In Calypso Dreams, which premieres at the Del Mar Friday, co-directors Geoff Dunn and Michael Horn--both of them stallions of Santa Cruz culture for decades--bring this vibrant folk music to life on the big screen with performances by and interviews with a host of calypso legends--most of whom are unknown on the international stage.
Calypso Dreams focuses on the true kings and queens of calypso, affording an unprecedented, intimate glimpse of a culture known to be distrustful of the Yankees' motives--and with good reason.
Unlike the blues, though, calypso is unwaveringly upbeat and humorous in expression, and the charisma of the men and women in the film is intoxicating.
www.metroactive.com /papers/cruz/04.07.04/calypso-0415.html   (2303 words)

 St. Kitts-Nevis: Carnival Calypso Music
Calypso tents have had the full support of the community which considers tents critical to the perfection of the art and provide that momentum which has kept the carnival spirit alive through the years.
Their calypsos served as a medium to make fun of the planter class, expose social weaknesses and comment on issues such as infidelity, infertility, incest and cruelty.
Formal calypso competitions, in St. Kitts began in the 1950’s and developed over the years, influenced by factors such as the socio-economic climate, national accomplishments and the introduction of other forms of music such as soca.
www.sknvibes.com /Carnival/Calypso.cfm   (832 words)

 Amazon.com: Calypso: Music: Harry Belafonte   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
It is music with a strong Carribean influence and with it's roots firmly planted in the West Indies.Then, Mr.
Calypso would certainly be on my list, and not just because the sound would go with my new living enviroment, but because the songs are timeless, catchy, soft and soothing, and I never get tired of them.
Calypso, along with Sarah M's "Fumbling Towards XTC" are the only albums I can listen to all the way through and never want to hit the fast track forward button on my CD player.
www.amazon.com /Calypso-Harry-Belafonte/dp/B000002WF8   (1535 words)

 Putumayo Presents Calypso
In the 1950s, calypso and other Caribbean folk music experienced a global surge in popularity after Harry Belafonte's 1956 album Calypso became one of the best-selling records of all-time.
Putumayo's Calypso features a cache of classic songs from the legendary ART Records library, as well as a few other gems from various periods in Caribbean music history.
The music on Calypso will transport you back almost 50 years to a romantic era in the Caribbean that has been lost in time.
www.putumayo.com /cd_caribbean/calypso.html   (224 words)

 Calypso Downloads - Download Calypso Music - Download Calypso MP3s
As with many other calypso singers of that and other eras, Lord Invader was skilled at devising songs with social and political commentary, as well as singing more conventional lyrics based on romantic situations, or based upon traditional folk songs.
Fortunately for archivists and music lovers everywhere, his painstaking documentation of the music and cultures of the world will be educating and enriching the lives of curious listeners for centuries to come.
While Belafonte is, of course, best known for popularizing calypso music, Greatest Hits doesn't place a disproportionate emphasis on that aspect of his career; instead, the collection is a testament to Belafonte's eclecticism and versatility.
www.mp3.com /calypso/genre/820/subgenre.html   (2989 words)

 HMSF Calypso - a world music
Calypso, a form of topical song that originated in Trinidad, was one of the first popular music traditions from outside North America and Europe to be commercially recorded.
Though the craze soon faded, calypso remained a component of the folk music revival of the late 1950s and 1960s and continued to be popular with vacationers in the Caribbean.
Calypsos were recorded and performed in France, Germany and other European countries, and became an integral component of the Caribana festival in Toronto's large West Indian community.
www.casbah.ac.uk /newsreport4.stm   (1952 words)

 Calypso Dreams
Calypso Dreams is far and away the best film ever made about calypso….
Interspersed with interviews, archival footage and terrific live performances of its most legendary stars, "Calypso Dreams" brings the amazing history of this music and its culture to life, showing us the roots of modern day reggae, hip hop and rap.
Lively overview of a musical form that is the prevailing popular sound of Trinidad and Tobago…The film provides an amiable mix of interviews, history and performance.
www.calypsodreams.com   (240 words)

 Great Calypso Music From Trinidad
The 1950's calypso recordings sound more refined with much clearer vocals, but I still spend more time with the older recordings for reasons that are unclear to me. The above Mighty Sparrow lyrics all came from Mighty Sparrow volume one (Ice records).
Excellent CD with a focus on the earliest available recordings and religious roots of Calypso music.
one fine calypso cd you don't have listed is the non-rounder golden age of calypso.
www.coldbacon.com /music/calypso.html   (1425 words)

 Jamaican Music Styles
Calypso is a form of folk music which originated in Trinidad and spread rapidly throughout the West Indies.
Calypso is known to have existed in Trinidad as early as the 18th century.
The lyrics of the earliest Calypsoes were sung in Patois (broken French), a remnant of the early French colonization of Trinidad.
www.ddg.com /LIS/InfoDesignF97/malyce/music.htm   (1043 words)

 Calypso: Resources
Examination of the dissemination of music from the Anglophone Caribbean to the United States and Britain, with particular attention to Trinidadian musicians Sam Manning and Cyril Blake.
Historical/anthropological examination of calypso, with particular attention to diverse performance settings for the music and the impact of the recording industry.
Comprehensive study of calypso's roots in folk traditions, the emergence of diverse genres of calypso over time, and the centrality of the art form to the social and political life of Trinidad.
www.calypsoworld.org /noflash/resources.htm   (1283 words)

 MetroActive Music | Calypso
Calypso Rose, a big, vibrant woman with a smile like island sunshine, has been on the Caribbean music map since she wrote the immortal "Fire in Me Wire," calypso's unofficial anthem, in 1966.
But calypso really began back in the 18th century, where plantation slaves, forbidden to talk to each other, started chanting their political concerns, jokes and sexual innuendoes into melodic patois.
Spicy and sweet, her music carries forward the island tradition and, most recently marries calypso and soca, for which she won "Best Female Soca Artist" at the 1995 Reggae Soca Awards in Miami.
www.metroactive.com /papers/cruz/05.23.96/calypso-9621.html   (634 words)

 TobagoWI.com - Steel band & calypso music
Calypso is Trinidad and Tobago's unique musical art form...
Chutney is an East Indian version of calypso, it is also being fused with soca, to create "chutney soca".
The influences of reggae, dancehall, and pop music are all to be found in Calypso.
www.tobagowi.com /culture/calypso.htm   (235 words)

 Lord Blakie - Calypso Music Giant
What I mean is that Sparrow was such a dynamic presence in the calypso world that all other calypsonians could not outdo him in the competitions.
He never won the calypso monarch but he was always a force in the competitions.
We need to collect our national music and place them in an archive so that future generations will be able to know their contributions.
www.panonthenet.com /articles/khewett/blakie.html   (930 words)

The Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes (OCPA) is a non-profit organization, which was founded in 1981 by a group of community-based individuals who saw the need for an umbrella group to guide the growth and development of the calypso art form in Toronto and Canada.
As a consequence, the attendance of the Calypso Monarch finals that year exceeded the capacity of the venue where the event had been held for many years, and in 1998, the final was moved to a larger venue.
OCPA is mindful of the importance of youth involvement, not only for sustaining growth, but also for keeping the music alive, without which, a festival such a Caribana loses one of the three essential organs crucial to its existence.
www.caribbeanmusic.ca /html/calypso.html   (1575 words)

 Calypso Music History - the Rhythmic Cosmos: Artdrum.com
By the 1970s the golden age of calypso was over and many calypso players were beginning to view the music as being exhaustive.
Musicians and groups such as Rudder and the Love Circle, as well as he annual resurgence of calypso at Carnival time lets us know that calypso is very much alive and vibrant with a bright future.
As with all great music styles Calypso strongly influences and the predecessor of serveral musical styles, including Reggae, Soca and Rapso.
artdrum.com /ESSAY_CALYPSO_MUSIC_HISTORY.htm   (895 words)

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