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Soca Calypso Road March - Trinidad & Tobago - 1932 to Present


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Comment by Louis George on February 11, 2016 at 2:07pm

Thanks for this history

Comment by Pan Times on November 14, 2013 at 2:02pm

@ merrytonestothebone -

Verifying this information has not been easy or fun. The word is according to Mr. Sookram Ali

There were some errors with the "King & Road March" in CDC annual magazine in the 70s and this came down through the years. CDC had, in error,  1957 as Happy Wanderer also know as Valarie instead of 1955 and left our Nap.

We feel confident that 1967 is correct. However, there are questions about 1957 and 1953...

Comment by merrytonestothebone on November 14, 2013 at 12:50pm

According to the attached list 1967 had 2 Road Marches…Sixty seven by Kitch and Tisane de Durbon


Comment by merrytonestothebone on November 14, 2013 at 12:47pm

Dr Nelson (Tisane De Durbon). Nap Hepburn. 1967. Sixty Seven.

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on November 14, 2013 at 12:17pm

looking at the list, I realize that prior to 1991, All those calypsos, apart from being great melodies were also telling stories in the calypso tradition.

Even Tambu's  "free up" and "we eh going home" told stories of a sort. After 91, Shadow's "Stranger" and Super Blue's "Signal to Lara" were among the few to tell stories in that tradition.

The rest are mostly about rhythm and tempo with unmemorable lyrics.

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on November 14, 2013 at 11:47am

Interesting that you picked 1991, Bugs. I never thought about it but you're right. I can hum just about all of them from 1991 down (except 53 and 51)to "Who dead Canaan,

Who Canaan?

Canaan Barrow.

Canaan Barrow went to town

, and dey shoot him down with a machine gun"

Can't remember any after 91.

Comment by Larry Lai on November 14, 2013 at 10:33am

I actually have most of these pre-1991 songs in my prized collection.

Comment by Larry Lai on November 14, 2013 at 10:30am

I'm trying to remember if the song made for an advertisement for Tisane de Bourbon (not sure if i spelt that right), became Road March, or that it won Calypso King Title. Maybe someone could refresh my memory

Comment by Larry Lai on November 14, 2013 at 10:23am

Before 1991 was it.......after 1991 total shit ;o()

Comment by Bugs on November 13, 2013 at 12:25pm

The music really changed after 1991 with Super Blue's Get Something and Wave 

Comment by Mrs. P on November 13, 2013 at 12:17pm

What precious memories these songs bring back. Yes-us second generation Trinis-born in NY - have memories of the early days of calypso and carnivals.  My Dad's club held carnival dances every year on the Saturday night preceeding Carnival in Trinidad, complete with King,Queen, kiddies and best "mas" bands. Rockland Palace, now an apartment complex) in upper Manhattan, was the venue.  These songs echoed throughout the 3000 plus person event, and still hold precious memories for many of us. Thanks WST. 

Comment by ed cee on April 5, 2013 at 6:42pm

first of all thank you kindly WST...you have increased my knowledge with the info from 1953 go back......And to Bob Anna, sir your remarks about the calypsonian Crazy have come across quite distasteful. You are writing about one of my country's premier cultural artistes. I recognize from your face that you probably only know of sofa music , if indeed you do know that at all. For your own knowledge, I am telling you that Crazy won the road march in 1985 with the above-mentioned song. Were you on earth at that time? It appears not.

Comment by Ian Franklin on February 24, 2013 at 12:27pm

Thanks WST

Comment by BOB ANNA on February 23, 2013 at 1:52pm

I can't remember CRAZY WINNING ROAD MARCH? is that correct/// Crazy never win anything///

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