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Sunday, 10 November 2013


Calypso music is the folk music of Trinidad. It generally has simple melodies and the words are often about persons prominent in current events.

Calypso music was developed in Trinidad in the 17th century from the music brought by African slaves imported to that Caribbean island to work on sugar plantations.

The first recorded use of the word "calypso" in Trinidad was in 1900.

In 1912 Lovey's String Band travelled to New York City to make the first calypso recordings

Calypso music became popular as form of jazz music in U.S in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The Andrews Sisters 1942 cover of "Rum and Coca Cola" (by Lord Invader) was the first American hit for calypso

Mighty Sparrow's 1956 recording "Jean and Dinah" is the last hit for classical calypso. The song became a hit and led to a new interest in pop-calypso, heralded by another major hit, Harry Belafonte's "Banana Boat Song", which came from the album Calypso, the first of any kind to sell more than a million copies.

Rolf Harris' single "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" was inspired by the Harry Belafonte calypso craze, which was big at the time. He wrote it as an Australian calypso. 

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