Think hard about this: Calypso is the first LP record album to sell over one million copies. In the history of AMERICAN MUSIC!!!
October was officially declared “Calypso History Month” in 2002 by TUCO (Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation). Starting tomorrow, TUCO will use this special month to focus on a series of celebratory events, including exhibitions and lectures aimed at educating the nation on the role that the calypso artform has played in the social and political development of Trinidad and Tobago.
What year was this Claude?
I see it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015
Food for thought:
Think about this, and "Pro" Panatics (TnT), and Pan Liberty(New York) brought it to my attention over the Labor Day weekend in New York. Calypsoians are the only artists who were consistently producing a LP every year for decades. It is possible that they have more music out there than many "Super Stars". We have Super Stars among us and we are not really checking on them.
Check Sparrow, Kitch, Shadow to name only a few. I am sure you can name more.
For some time Silver Stars was also putting out an LP every year.
The local storehouse of recorded music is mind boggling. Add to all the calypsonians, the combos, the music orchestras and you will see what I mean. We could play totally local music on our radio stations for months.
Think about it.
Robert and Michael: In honour of CALYPSO MONTH I am going to put up TWO CALYPSOS that exemplify the DEPTH OF MESSAGING (complex social commentary embedded under popular word play and cliche) that could be compressed in CALYPSO.
Ayesha: Yuh does ALWAYS come and HELP ME OUT!!! I appreciate that!!!
Claude (Ah doh sign meh name for everybody -- LOL!!!)
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