Calypso music is generally not the first thing one thinks of when daydreaming of those Caribbean islands, the Bahamas and Bermuda. The most usual imaginings are sand, sea, and tropical drinks with those little umbrellas that hit you in the nose while you’re attempting to imbibe. But what would those pleasures be when not accompanied with the pulsating rhythms and satirical lyrics of the local rhythms. Ever wonder exactly what that music was? It is Calypso! The style that Harry Belafonte made famous, the music that makes you want to influence your hips to the beat and immerse yourself in the celebration of lifestyle! Remember the song Day-O from the movie Beetlejuice?
como tocar gaita is a style of Afro-Caribbean rhythm that originated in Trinidad at roughly the start of the 20th century. The origins of the genre put in the arrival of African Americans, that , not being allowed to speak with each other, communicated by song. It’s out of Carnival that the popular Soca music arose; made popular by such hits as”Hot, Hot, Hot” and”Who Let The Dogs Out”.
Over 100 years back, calypso further evolved into a way of distributing news about Trinidad. Politicians, journalists, and public figures frequently debated the content of every song, and lots of islanders believed these songs the most trustworthy news source. Calypsonians pushed the boundaries of free speech because their legends spread information of any topic relevant to island life, such as speaking out against political corruption.
The first major celebrities of calypso started crossing over to new viewers worldwide from the late 1930s. Attila the Hun, Roaring Lion and Lord Invader were , followed by Lord Kitchener, one of those longest-lasting calypso music celebrities ever he continued to release hit documents until his departure in 2000. 1944’s Rum and Cola from the Andrews Sisters, a cover of a Lord Invader tune, became an American strike.
Early kinds of calypso music were also heavily influenced by jazz such as Sans Humanitae, the extempo melody where calypsonians lyricise impromptu, commenting socially or insulting each other, without humanity – once again the French sway! Most calypso music chord progressions can be linked to twelve bar jams in jazz as exhibited by Lord Kitchener, among the most well-known calypsonians and also a melodic genius.
Calypso music propagate north to islands like Bermuda in the 1940s and 50s, imported from Trinidad and Tobago. Though geographically far removed from the Caribbean, Bermuda shared with a history of European colonization and African slavery with these islands further south. During the 1940s and 1950s, calypso became popular in Bermuda’s tourist resorts and clubs. The proximity of Bermuda to the United States helped to fuel the spread of calypso to America.
Likewise the Americans had their own sway on calypso music, and popular sounds and a country and western sense were inserted to the unique sound which originated in the core of the Bermuda Triangle.
Most calypso artists in Bermuda began to integrate the American influences into their sound, not one more renowned than”Lazy Boy” a singer songwriter who wowed the crowds on the tour boat circuit throughout the 1990’s and up till 2004. His works are original and contemporary, yet keep the ambience and comment of conventional Calypso.