Monday, August 18, 2008


I put some examples of Calypso and related genres on my Blog about St. Vincent and the Grenadines [ see here ]. I'll bring those examples here and continue the discussion in this blog. I'll probably also put examples on some of the old entries to this blog, now that I know how to do that.

Just to illustrate some concepts in Caribbean music, here are three examples of pre-WW2 Trinidadian calypsos:

Lord Invader sings about Matilda.

King Tiger (also known as The Growling Tiger) sings about money.

Atilla the Hun sings about a politician in Nankivell

1 comment:

Edmund Nankivell said...

The Nankivell of the calypso was my father. He was the archtypal whistle-blower whose knowledge of the situation in Trinidad was rejected by the colonial authorities. 18 months after the Butler riots, he was found dead by the railroad in France in unexplained circumstances.
Edmund Nankivell