Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of vintage calypso music, and a thought occurred to me. When we speak of the future of the art-form we should also address the music we play, it’s quality, and the most suitable music genre that the steelband can call it’s own. We have an incredible catalogue of … Continue reading Vintage Calypso and The Steelband
I have come to believe that it’s very unfair to compare panorama arrangers of today with the great arrangers of the last century.As a matter of fact, it’s even unfair to compare today’s work by veteran arrangers still with us with their past presentations, when most of us believe that their best work was done … Continue reading Comparing Steelband Panorama Arrangers , then and now.
Randolph Nathaniel "Nap" Hepburn In the nineteen fifties and early sixties, many of Trinidad's popular calypso singers were vocally supported by the March of Dimes quartet, a group named as homage to The March of Dimes organization, founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, to combat polio. … Continue reading Nap Hepburn and The March of Dimes Quartet
My dear friends, as a lover of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, lately I’ve been having “Crazy “ thoughts. I’ve been thinking of the contributions made to our culture by the only Chinese/Venezuelan Trinidadian calypsonian I’m aware of, Edwin Ayoung, the man we know as Crazy. Ayoung was born in 1944 at Maraval Road, … Continue reading Crazy thoughts- a salute to the calypsonian called “Crazy “
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, presenting The Best Video performance of Calypsonian as Panman*. From Champs in Concert 2000, here’s Colin Lucas the Pan Calypso Monarch of that year and“Pan Is Mine!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDaE3_BqTsw Colin Lucas "Pan Is Mine!" And the runner up is Owen Scrunter Johnson and The Lost Tenor” It is a fact that many … Continue reading Presenting The Best Video performance of Calypsonian as Panman*
Theophilus Philip better known as Mighty Spoiler, was a Trinidadian calypsonian of the 1940s and 50s, and can be considered one of the most important and influential exponents of the art-form. Indeed , his work has been studied and covered by others, and his style copied ; he is considered one of the greatest comedic … Continue reading The Mighty Spoiler, one of the greatest exponents of the calypso art-form.
Fred Mitchell, better known as “Mighty Composer,” was born in Cedros, and was the oldest of the talented and well known Mitchell family we remember growing up in Marabella. As youths , the family group the Singing Mitchells sang backup for The Mighty Sparrow's recording company until he joined the Young Brigade as a calypsonian … Continue reading Remembering the Mighty Composer
“Pan night and day “ is one of Lord Kitchener’s best, most musical steelpan related calypsos. Indeed, in 1985 it featured at panorama in an unusual tie for first place between Desperadoes and Renegades. However, even as far back as 1985, The Grand Master was concerned about the absence of the steelband from the streets … Continue reading Pan Night And Day
Dennis Williams Franklyn , aka Merchant, was orphaned at eleven and grew up in an orphanage in Belmont, Trinidad.As an adult he led a troubled life , spending time in prison , becoming addicted to drugs , and dying of Hiv/Aids in 1999. However he was one of our most gifted calypso composers, and created … Continue reading Singer/Composer Dennis Williams, – Merchant- a unique calypso star.
CALYPSO: a Brief History by Philip W. Scher . . . CALYPSO is a style of Caribbean music associated with the nation of Trinidad, and is linked to the annual celebration of the pre-Lenten Carnival. The music, as well as the name itself, has a myriad of roots, and although there is no general agreement […]Kaiso … Continue reading Kaiso to Soca: a brief history of Calypso music — Zócalo Poets