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Wilmoth Houdini

He Had It Coming

Wilmoth Houdini

He Had It Coming

Classic from 1946, later a hit for Ella Fitzgerald.

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LORD KITCHENER

Trouble in Arima (early version)

LORD KITCHENER

Trouble in Arima (early version)

Untouchable dancefloor classic

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VARIOUS ARTISTS

Nylon Dress

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Nylon Dress

Heartbreakingly gorgeous Highlife/Calypso from Nigeria.

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Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra

90% Of Me Is You

Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers Steel Orchestra

90% Of Me Is You

A steel band cover of the Gwen McCrae soul classic. Yes please!!!

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Duke Of Iron

Man Centipede

Duke Of Iron

Man Centipede

The Duke tells it like it is.

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Blind Blake & The Royal Victoria Hotel Calypsos

Goombay Drum

Blind Blake & The Royal Victoria Hotel Calypsos

Goombay Drum

Smoky, rhythm driven joint from legendary Bajan Calypsonian

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Calypso performers of Puerto Limon

Back to my Country

Calypso performers of Puerto Limon

Back to my Country

Genuinely affecting Calypso folk fusion from Costa Rica.

Calypso
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Sir Valentino Con Combo Esclavos Alegres

Masters Are Gone

Sir Valentino Con Combo Esclavos Alegres

Masters Are Gone

Haunting Calypso Panameno.

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The Duke of Iron

Rookoobay

The Duke of Iron

Rookoobay

Spellbinding early Calypso with West African roots.

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Lancelot Layne

Yo Tink It Sorf

Lancelot Layne

Yo Tink It Sorf

Awesome fusion of Afrobeat and Calypso with conscious lyrics.

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LORD KITCHENER

Mount Olga

LORD KITCHENER

Mount Olga

A clear early influence on Mento and Ska Reggae, check that organ out.

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Los Silvertones

Old Buzzard

Los Silvertones

Old Buzzard

Panamanian Afro-Latin Calypso sweetness.

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LORD KITCHENER

Fever

LORD KITCHENER

Fever

Frisky, percussive killer.

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Duke Of Iron

Kockeemoonga

Duke Of Iron

Kockeemoonga

Cheeky jaunt referencing a classic theme.

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks: Calypso Connection”

Calypso music originated from the melting pot of Afro-Caribbean cultural identities living on the islands of Trindad & Tobago in the early 20th century. It evolved as a creole form of musical communication used to convey lyrics about sex, politics and local news (but mostly sex), before it came to wider attention with the diffusion of migrants around the Black Atlantic, especially to New York and London. The rhythms of Calypso have since borne the more prevalent and fiery style of Soca, which itself has exerted great influence over contemporary genres like Dancehall and Funky, to name just a few. Our fourteen track selection features three legendary Calypsonians; Lord Kitchner, Duke Of Iron, and Wilmoth Houdini, plus regional variations from Costa Rica, Panama, and Nigeria, displaying the rich confluence of traditions at play in this eternally endearing genre, primed for summer.

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On 11 Aug 09:58 Lee McFadden said:

“Calypso omission”

No inclusion ffrom the calypso king - Robert Mitchum????? ;-)

On 25 Aug 10:33 P-dawg said:
http://www.lepeupledelherbe.net/

The Lion (Tick! Tick!, Ugly Woman...etc) is the Calypso KiNG !!

& like Lord Beginner : we need "Rum, More Rum"

One Love,
P