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In the News (Fri 19 Apr 19)

Calypsonians (singers) perform to the accompaniment of brass and rhythm sections.
The Trinidadian calypsonian Lord Caresser, for example, was heard in these early years on the CBC radio's French network and International Service during a sojourn in Montreal.
Both Caribbean and Canadian calypsonians, however, are disadvantaged by the seasonal disposability and quickly-dated, parochial thrust of the calypso repertoire and by their resulting inability to establish a year-round commercial infrastructure for their music.
www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com /index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0000519   (783 words)

 Science Fair Projects - Calypsonian
A Calypsonian is a musician, usually from Trinidad, who has studied calypso and memorised its traditional tunes and stanzas.
Calypsonians traditionally take on important sounding names, although this practise is becoming less common.
Calypsonians compete with each other, originally in ad-hoc sessions during Trinidad's carnival but since the 1950s in organised calypso competitions.
www.all-science-fair-projects.com /science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/Calypsonian   (291 words)

 Intimidation of Calypsonians by the UNC Government of Trinidad & Tobago
Calypsonians were described as gun-slinging balladeers whose weapons were quick wit, good voices, and a wide knowledge of the events of the land.
One calypsonian with the sobriquet “Watchman” sang a calypso titled “Panday needs glasses.” This calypso was about corruption in the UNC government, and about the Prime Minister himself, Mr.
Both the calypsonian and the politician seemed to use the calypso as a vehicle to advance their agenda in line with UNC rule.
www.africaresource.com /proudflesh/issue3/lashley.htm   (4490 words)

 Calypsonians meet with Senator Pierre   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Among the concerns raised by the calypsonians, were the lack of financing for quality recording of their music and the need for more sponsorship from the private sector, as well as overall support from the public at large.
Some calypsonians were of the view that they are not motivated to write positive lyrics since they achieve more success from creating smutty or negative songs.
Senator Pierre called on calypsonians to be more creative in their writing and to think of the bigger picture, noting that they can use creativity and be just as successful when they promote positive values.
www.nnpnews.com /April04/meeting-with-senator-pierre.htm   (184 words)

 Caribbean Music 101 - Trinidad's Calypso Music; Origin, Calypsonians, Influences
By the late 1930s, exceptional calypsonians such as Atilla the Hun, Lord Invader and the Roaring Lion were making an indelible impression on the calypso music world.
Most of the top calypsonians from the golden age have been male; The Growling Tiger, Lord Executor and Lord Pretender, just to name a few.
On the contrary, contemporary calypsonians such as David Rudder have very successfully combined calypso lyrics with dance rhythms - making the music accessible to a larger audience.
caribplanet.homestead.com /101.html   (1559 words)

 Carnival On De Net : Words
Those calypsonians that have adopted fierce marketing strategies, traversing the globe with their work have enjoyed many profitable returns on their investment The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) is one such calypsonian, so too is Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) and the "International Chantuel", David Rudder.
It is sad to note though, that of the three hundred or more calypsonians registered with the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO), perhaps only ten per cent of these live solely off the royalties of their calpysoes.
On the macro-level however, the question as to the extent of calypso's contribution to the development of the country's economy, and to the lives of individual calypsonians themselves, remain unanswered.
www.visittnt.com /todo/Events/Carnival2000/Words/calypso-history9.html   (180 words)

 The Democrat Newspaper
Calypsonians were made to sign contracts to participate in previous calypso shows.
Some over zealous, retired calypsonians who cannot find anything to sing on since 1995, but had lots to sing on during the period 1980-1994 suddenly realized that they and other such influentials in the political arena did not want present calypsonians singing the truth about the injustice and corruption of the present government.
Just imagine for a moment that calypsonians, this year were able to sing on the ills and successes of the government as they see it but could not touch one of the telecommunications giant operating in the Federation.
www.pamdemocrat.org /newspaper/Details.cfm?Nz=%2A4W%21P5IN%3DDWNO10%20%20%0A&Iz=%23%292TK%0A   (707 words)

 Calypso (Trinidad)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Some of the popular calypsonians from the 1920s through the 1930s were: Attila the Hun; Lord Beginner; Lord Caresser; Lord Executor; Mighty Growler; Wilmoth Houdini; Lord Invader; Roaring Lion; King Radio; Growling Tiger; Duke of Iron; Macbeth the Great; Mighty Destroyer; Chieftain Douglas; and Gorilla.
In 1935, the first female calypsonian to sing in a tent, Lady Trinidad, made her debut at the Crystal Palace Tent on Nelson Street in Port-of-Spain.
In addition to the early calypsonians, some of the popular singers of the 1940s were: Lord Pretender; Small Island Pride; Sir Galba; Gibraltar; Lord Viper; Lord Kitchener, Mighty Terror, and Lord Wonder.
www.bestoftrinidad.com /calypso.html   (486 words)

 Calypso music - RecipeFacts   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Calypsonians pushed the boundaries of free speech as their lyrics spread news of any topic relevant to island life, including speaking out against political corruption.
By the 1920s, calypso tents were set up at Carnival for calypsonians to practice before competitions; these have now become showcases for new music.
This song was a sly comment as a "plan of action" for the calypsonian on the easy availability of prostitutes after the closing of the United States naval base on Trinidad at Chagaramas.
www.recipeland.com /facts/Calypso_Music   (559 words)

 Socafm.com - The home of Soca on the web   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Calypsonian Carl Richards said, "Calypso is basically the poor man's way of keeping the politicians in check, telling stories, saying things that people in society want to say, but probably are not in a position to say."
They show them as people who are greedy and corrupt; but the very calypsonians now are acting in just the same manner as the politicians.
Lesroy Merchant writes calypsos in Antigua and he says calypsonians are turning their backs on the artform.
www.socafm.com /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=812&Itemid=50   (738 words)

In 1942, he joined the Roving Brigade, a traveling group of young calypsonians who appeared at cinema houses in different districts in T&T.; Kitch was making one of these appearances when Johnny Khan, the manager of a calypso tent, spotted him and recruited Kitch for his first professional tent appearance.
Thus, when fellow calypsonians were tempted to relax, feeling that Kitchener's success abroad, combined with his involvement in clubs, business, and real estate, had removed Kitch from the scene, they soon discovered the error of their thinking.
He has been known to assist young calypsonians in composing their music, writing their lyrics, giving an opinion here, adding a chorus there, teaching them how to render a song, or, if they couldn't write, compose one for them.
www.toronto-lime.com /music/profiles/kitch.htm   (2343 words)

 Chicken Case Goes to Caribbean Court   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Calypsonians often were the target of censorship during British colonial rule.
His song on the controversy, "Chicken and Ram," carried lyrics veiled enough that it was one of the few chicken calypsos that radio stations did not drop when the Mirchandanis filed their lawsuit.
Calypsonians say libel judgments involving their music will have a chilling effect on creativity.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2005/08/07/international/i114426D29.DTL&type=printable   (689 words)

 Habits of Waste - Calypso 101 - a review of calypso music in Trinidad and Tobago
Calypsonians are often accompanied by a somewhat exuberant chorus line, executing extravagant choreographed movements as they follow his or her lead.
Calypsonians are also renowned for their creativity in crafting imaginative pseudonyms (stage names or sobriquets in Trinispeak): Atilla the Hun, Black Stalin, Chalkdust, Cro Cro, Delamo, Growling Tiger, Gypsy, Lord Invader, Lord Executor, Lord Pretender, Lord Kitchener, Luta, Mighty Shadow, Mighty Sparrow, Pretender, Roaring Lion, Short Pants, Superblue, Sugar Aloes, Valentino and Watchman.
Other calypsonians, relatively new in the calypso arena, and referred to as the ‘new breed of calypsonians’, have been regarded as very unimaginative in retaining their birth names: Anselm Douglas, David Rudder, Iwer George, Kurt Allen, Machel Montano.
www.habitsofwaste.wwu.edu /issues/7/iss7art2a.shtml   (628 words)

 Calypsonians grow old, but beat is still strong - Boston.com
Crime was the hot topic in the tents as the country's best Calypsonians, all of them household names here, joined battle for the annual Monarch title.
Calypso audiences remain seated, tapping their feet and occasionally singing along, a stark contrast to the frenzied dancing and sexual energy of Soca.
Kenson Neptune, who performs as Green Ninja, said Calypsonians were rarely invited to perform at schools as they had been when he was a child.
www.boston.com /news/world/europe/articles/2007/02/19/calypsonians_grow_old_but_beat_is_still_strong?mode=PF   (870 words)

 QKIndex: Calypsonians Music Search   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Hill has illustrated his book with 61 photographs of calypsonians and the paraphernelia of recorded music, and with transcriptions of the lyrics of over 30...
The oldest living calypsonian on the Honest John CD is Young Tiger, now 82,...
Caly4.jpg - 10.4 K The calypsonians with their exotic names, clever lyrics and infectious rhythms have periodically erupted onto the US and British music...
www.qkindex.co.uk /calypsonians_music_search.html   (491 words)

 THE CARNIVAL STORY   (Site not responding. Last check: )
fore political correctness became the social standard, calypsonians followed the model of the chantuelles that preceded them, singing with unlimited licence.
The calypsonians did not, however, play a significant role in the music bands at pre-Carnival fetes or during the parade of the bands until the last quarter of the 20
Much of the calypsonians' continuing arguments against radio have been about the role of that medium in the promulgation of the art.
www.nalis.gov.tt /carnival/history_CarnivalStory_Part10.htm   (617 words)

 MySpace.com - Lord Mike's Dirty Calypsonians - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - Experimental / Folk / Jungle - ...
Playing a mix of traditional Kaisos and Calypsos from 1960s Trinidad, the Calypsonians do their best to recapture the fun, satirical and energetic stage show of Calypso greats like Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchner, Duke, King Fighter and Mighty Terror.
In the process, the Calypsonians and Lord Mike have brought a fresh flavor of tropical debauchery to the Windy City.
Calypsonians DJ at 5 Star with their favorite Soccer Team.
www.myspace.com /lordmikesdirtycalypsonians   (676 words)

 2001 Conference - Abstracts - Shannon Dudley
This reinforced a relationship of mutual benefit between steelbands and calypsonians, in which steelbands popularized the songs of the calypsonians and calypsonians wrote music that was suited to steelband arrangement.
Holman’s subsequent promotion of the own tune was a lonely and somewhat thankless enterprise, until Phase II Pan Groove won the panorama of 1987 and 1988 with own tunes by Len "Boogsie" Sharpe.
The criticism that Ray Holman and others have endured over the years from fans, judges, and calypsonians points to powerful ideologies of cultural integration and framing that are embodied in the institution of Panorama.
www.cbmr.org /confer/2001ab5.htm   (329 words)

 Sugar Aloes: Reviews, Discography, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com
Gypsy is one of the outstanding calypsonians of TandT who annually since 1988 has won the National Extempo Calypso crown, a competition in which contestants must compose lyrics on the spot.
A legendary calypsonian for his unduplicated feat of winning the calypso Monarchy four years in a row.
The National Calypso King Competition had to be changed in name to the National Calypso Monarchy Competition as a result of her being the first female to ever take the crown (in 1978).
www.music.com /person/sugar_aloes/1/similar   (1745 words)

 Calypso Dreams
Excellent editing that strings together a succession of calypsonians making interesting and humorous comments about their craft creates a steady flow and a feeling of continuity in juxtaposing scenes.
The calypsonian, given his general background, his history and root cause, is hardly likely to be a big business operator and functions in a seasonal environment, specially deserves this collective support.
Calypsonians who "put down" lyrics that could "make a politician cringe" could no longer get away with lies or inaccuracies, just because the words rhyme.
www.calypsodreams.com /press.htm   (1875 words)

 Lord Blakie - Calypso Music Giant
But, Blakie was able to draw a few of the young calypsonians to his Tent and did a pretty good job the first year.
Blakie was the first calypsonian, to my knowledge, that identified with a steelband.
Blakie was one of the great calypsonians, who, were it not for the presence of Sparrow (Calypso King of the World), would have gone further in the calypso world.
www.panonthenet.com /articles/khewett/blakie.html   (930 words)

 TriniView.com - Still Going Strong: The Legacy of the Mighty Bomber
Bomber notes the contrast between the early days in which calypsonians and pan players were looked down upon in some sectors of the society and today, where their contributions have been at least partially recognized, along with calypso music gaining wider acceptance internationally.
However, the unscrupulous actions of some promoters who refuse to pay calypsonians after they have performed or who only provide partial payments, still continue to impede the advancement of calypso.
Many young calypsonians he nurtured went on to become prominent in the calypso arena.
www.triniview.com /articles/bomber.html   (1046 words)

 Antigua Sun   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The announcement was made by the Chairperson of the calypso sub-committee Dornalyn Beazer, who noted that the Calypsonian Association was fully consulted and had thrown its full support behind the decision.
She said the choice was influenced by the judges who have complained that sitting down through 24 calypsonians, each singing two songs, has proved an arduous task in the past.
Beazer further rejected the suggestion of hosting the competition over two nights as an expensive exercise, stating that she expected a further improvement in quality with the new standards for the eliminations.
www.antiguasun.com /paper/?as=view&sun=213245079005252004&an=250134097306012006&ac=Local   (392 words)

 2001 Miss Culture Contestant   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Calypsonians battled one after the other, as a colourful presentation of lyrics, music and performances kept the judges on their feet.
The competition was tough as the standard was tremendously high, and the calypsonians in their philosophical mood rendered songs of Patriotism, Social Commentary and Political Partisan amidst great support, encouragement and appreciation from the participative audience.
The audience was graced with the presence of Premier Vance Amory and wife of the Minister of Culture Mrs Yvonne Guishard.
www.nevisculturama.net /meeko.htm   (289 words)

 Calypsonians dying in poverty :: ttgapers.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Chalkdust, who's now holding the title for the sixth time, said he got the judges approval because his compositions were good, topical, traditional and performed in an entertaining way without anybody getting angry, vex or being hurt.
In an interview with the Express yesterday, Chalkdust said Government must do much more for the artform and pointed out that calypsonians Short Shirt and Swallow from Antigua, Arrow from Montserrat and Beckett of St Vincent and the Grenadines were all cultural ambassadors of their countries and had red passports.
"Look how many calypsonians today are unemployed, have no place to rest their heads and are continuing to die in poverty," he said.
www.ttgapers.com /Article112.html   (675 words)

 The Anguillian Newspaper: - CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM: CALYPSO SHOW ON ANGUILLA DAY   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Calypsonians will sing on issues like Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the role and composition of the Executive, the role and composition of the House of Assembly, Anguilla’s present and future status, who is or should be a Belonger and other issues which affect governance in society now and in the future.
David Carty speaking on behalf of the CERC expressed his appreciation to the Calypsonians and show organizers for their willingness to participate and produce the show.
He said that as far as he was aware that was the first time that the promoting of constitutional issues had ever been done so specifically via the medium of calypso and he looked forward to hearing the Calypsonians bring their lyrics and rhythm to bear on the subject.
www.net.ai /article/articleview/904/1/134   (281 words)

 The Trinidad Guardian -Online Edition Ver 2.0
You could tell that it meant a lot for Nat to have younger calypsonians recognise his talent and place him on par with the late, great American singer.
He began his singing career in church and graduated to a back-up singer and finally a full-fledged calypsonian, but he said he got fed up running second and third in the eight consecutive Calypso Monarch finals he once made.
A few minutes before he made his entry I didn’t think he could make it to the stage, but he is of that generation of calypsonians who sang because they had to sing.
www.guardian.co.tt /archives/2005-09-18/jacob.html   (835 words)

 PopScriptum | Alice Schwarz: CALYPSO UND CALYPSONIANS
Der 'Sprung' in die Massenmedien hatte zur Folge, daß einerseits sich die Calypsonians professionalisierten und aus ihren Liedern Kapital zu ziehen begannen, andererseits der rituelle Kontext des Calypso immer mehr zugunsten seiner formalen Aspekte in den Hintergrund trat.
Der Calypsonian hatte die 'Sprachrohr'-Funktion, die die 'shatwels' früher als Anführer der 'bands' innehatten, und die sich zuvor ausschließlich auf die Etablierung und Realisierung des Rituals gerichtet hatten, auf Belange der urbanen Arbeiter- und Mittelschicht erweitert, und verwendete deswegen auch deren Idiomatik.
Viele der Calypsonians haben mit den Anforderungen des Marktes, ständig neue, technisch und inhaltlich hochwertige Tonträger zu liefern und damit auch möglichst außerhalb der Carnivalssaison noch in den Medien präsent zu sein, große Probleme.
www2.hu-berlin.de /fpm/popscrip/themen/pst03/pst03060.htm   (13996 words)

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