Calypso, the infectious rhythms and melodies of the
Caribbean area originated in Trinidad. It is really the
musical expression of the Afro-West-Indian population.
There are various explanations for the origin of the word
calypso, but it’s most likely, that it stems from the African
word ‘Kaiso’, which means ‘bravo’. The lyrics (in dialectic
English) and the melodies are usually made up on the spur
of the moment. The words very often have a double meaning.
The topic is sex, but very often deal with current events of
social and political happenings. The rhythms are enticing
and the songs are therefore popular for dancing.
01 – The Sparrow – Donkey want water
02 – The Charmer – Female boxer
03 – Lord Kitchener – Come back with me wife nighty
04 – Lord Melody – Aphan taat
05 – The Island Champions – River den come down
06 – George Brown – My little girl in kingston
07 – The Sparrow – Brown skin girl
08 – The Charmer – Fire down there
09 – Lord Kitchener – Trouble
10 – Macbeth – Saga boy
11 – Lord Melody – Creature from the black lagoon
12 – The Island Champions – My advice to men