Calypso drew upon African and French influences, and became the voice of the people. It was characterized by highly rhythmic and harmonic vocals, which was most often sung in a French creole and led by a griot. As calypso developed, the role of the griot (originally a similar traveling musician in West Africa) became known as a chantuelle and eventually, calypsonian. As English replaced "patois" (Antillean creole) as the dominant language, calypso migrated into English, and in so doing it attracted more attention from the government. It allowed the masses to challenge the doings of the unelected Governor and Legislative Council, and the elected town councils of Port of Spain and San Fernando. Calypso continued to play an important role in political expression, and also served to document the history of Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.
A self-described “wandering minstrel” with a well-trimmed beard and wire-rimmed glasses, Whittaker performed country standards, calypso songs, Scottish ballads, SouthAfrican dance music and Broadway...
Trinidad and Tobago is the southernmost island country in the Caribbean. The islands are known for steel-band and calypso music derived from African music and dance forms, which are important features of the annual Carnival celebration ... Cheryl Donatto.
“In the Caribbean, mostly in the West Indies, where Blacks control the music industry, strong African traditions persist in calypso and reggae music,” the Trinidad-born writer IsaacFerguson pointed out to me ... I listen to a lot of calypso and reggae.
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... a guy, albeit one who relied on "a secret potion, stolen from the witch-doctor of a hidden African tribe" (later established to be Calypso) to give him enhanced strength, speed, and to slow his aging.
“I am told you are the king of calypso singers ...Calypso was the music of African slaves who weren’t allowed to speak to each other ... “Calypso started as the music of African slaves who weren’t allowed to speak to each other,” says Kaul.
When it comes to Calypso music with African soul, Harry Belafonte will reign supreme ... Harry Belafonte introduced the world to Calypso music for the first time, and exposed people to the musical culture ...