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By the late 19th century the British began large-scale immigration projects, mainly from Barbadosin an effort to anglicise the island, which resulted in a decline in the use of French Creole in the songs so that by the s English Creole became the language of Trinidad Calypso. Tobago News The celebration of Calypso History Month in October is a time to reflect on the contribution of this beautiful artform.

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As a direct result, Trinidad became known as the land of calypso. The extempo competitions have developed so that competitors choose a topic from a container and are given a designated period of time to compose an agreed number of verses to be sung.

Some factors have contributed to a lowering of the standards in terms of the artistic value of the calypso art. It is important for the mass media to reorient their programmes in order to give more prominence to the calypso artform.

In classic extempo, competitors were pitted against one another, hurling nlw in verse about each competitor’s appearance, singing ability or personal situation.

The patois or French creole was the original language of the czlypsonians and calypso music. Trinidad became the mecca of calypso in part because it was the most prosperous territory in the region and consequently many migrants headed to the island during the 20th century, including performers.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Extempo competitions and the Calypso Monarch championship are held during Carnival time in Trinidad.

The latter form was supplemented by the extempowhich was a singing competition between two competitors. As calypso developed, the African griots became later-generation chantuelles or “chantwells” preserving their people’s history and traditions orally, a role that would eventually develop into that of the modern calypsonian.


Use dmy dates from July Commons category link calypsonisns on Wikidata. Calypso was therefore divided into two classes: Unless, the trend can be reversed, the genuine art and skill of calypso could be lost in the maze of the almighty calypso dollar.


They were stripped of all connections to their homeland and family and not allowed to talk to each other. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Calypsonians traditionally use sobriquets linked with the ideas they wish to convey or referencing childhood or community-based “nick-names”, including some such as the Mighty SparrowShort Shirt of Antigua and Ras Irie thn Barbados.

Lord Melodyfor example, wished to indicate that he was the lord of melodious singing, while King Obstinate of Antigua gained his name as a young man in his home village of Greenbaywhere people declared his attitude to be stubborn. Upon emancipation, the tradition continued and developed, and chantwells would sing call-and-response chants called lavwayssometimes lionizing and cheering on locals sportsmen such as stick-fighterswith the chantwell giving the call and the audience providing the response.

The celebration of Calypso History Month in October is a time to reflect on the contribution of this beautiful artform.

This page was last edited on 15 Septemberat Some calypsonians both compose and sing their calypsoes while many calypsonians in more recent decades have turned to professional composers, some being fellow calypsonians, for songs that they in turn sing. The political calypsonian Sugar Aloes of Trinidad through his name conveys two almost opposite aspects of his character: Forged from the Love of Liberty. Verses about competitors, which may range from insults about their attire to derogatory comments on physical attributes, form part of what Trinidadians term pekongwhere someone is allowed to insult another for fun.

When chattel slavery ended during the s, calypso began to flourish and bythe first calypso recording was done. Even when the British colonial rulers in Trinidad dumped the recordings of calypsonians in the sea, as singers were returning from New York with their new records, calypsonians never gave up.

Originally called “Kaiso” in Trinidadthese songs, based on West African YorubaEwe -Fon and Akan musical beats, were sung by slaves and later ex-slaves in Trinidad and Tobago during recreation time and about a host of topics — their land of origin, social relationships on the plantations and the lives of community members, including plantation managers, overseers and owners.

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Celebrating Calypso History Month from then to now

Calypso music was developed in Trinidad in the 17th century from the West African kaiso and canboulay music brought by African slaves imported to that Caribbean island to work on sugar plantations. According to recorded history, it was Railway Douglas who first set up a calypso tent in Trinidad and Tobago. They would also preserve the complex oral traditions of their West African origins, with songs of derision, praise, satire, and lament. He took up the cause of the calypsonians by going to the then legislative council parliament and moving a motion to legalise the institution of the calypso tent.


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Large financial prizes have attracted individuals who are not concerned about learning or developing the finer art of the calypso.

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The Chantwells would sing of contemporary and mythical figures. A calypsonian[1] originally known as a chantwellis a musician, from the anglophone Caribbean, who sings songs of the calypso genre. However, during the period of colonial rule the calypso artform; which tells stories in song about different aspects of life, was used to highlight the poor living conditions of the masses.

The art-form was used by the slaves to entertain themselves when they had the opportunity. Traditionalist see calypso as social commentary because in earlier years it served the purpose of telling stories, relaying news events and giving criticisms of persons and policy. As fate would have it, Uriah Butler had risen as the champion of the down-trodden masses. Leave a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

It is essential for the education authorities to find ways to introduce positive theh in schools because the history of the nation is embedded in the work of calypsonians over years gone. You may also like. African griots musicians and storytellers among the slaves used calypso song to mock the slave-masters and to communicate with each other.

Calypsos are musical renditions having their origins in the West African griot tradition. In this respect, the form is similar to that of the rap battle.