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Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« on: March 07, 2012, 12:57:18 AM »
Here is the first ever Calypso Recording from 1912 by Lovey's String Band called "Mango Vert".

LOVEY'S STRING BAND: MANGO VERT (1st Ever Calypso Recording 1912)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!!
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2012, 01:04:37 AM »
One of the very first calypso recordings with vocals (a kalenda) recorded in 1914.
This kalenda is accompanied by tamboo bamboo and bottle & spoon which were the main instruments that poor ex-slaves could have afforded before they developed the steelbands after tamboo bamboo was banned. It is also interesting to note that the African drum was temporarily banned in Trinidad by the colonialists leading to ex-slaves developing the Tamboo Bamboo.

The older kaisos from before calypsos started being recorded were sung in a French-African dialect (patois) and were mostly stick-fighting songs or kalendas as they were then called that were sung by the ex-slaves during stick-fighting competitions. In fact many of the very first kaisonians were also stick-fighters who fought and sung to show their prowess in the stick-fighting ring and to attract the admiration of the opposite sex.

Jules Sims - "Native Trinidad Kalenda" 1914
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Also most folks don't know that calypso was one of the first music genres to be recorded in stereo after the development of stereo recording technology for commercial use during the early 1900’s.
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!!
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2012, 01:12:58 AM »
This is a sort of castillian sounding calypso instrumental from Trinidad recorded in 1914.
This recording shows the early Spanish/Latin influence on calypso music.
It also shows the close connection between early calypso music and what we now called Parang.

La Impresion / Tipical Orchestra of Trinidad (1914)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2012, 01:31:46 AM »
This is another castillian sounding calypso instrumental from Trinidad recorded in 1914.
This recording shows the early Spanish/Latin influence on calypso music.

Lionel Belasco - Iris (Calypso Instrumental 1914)
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And here is another Calypso classic instrumental from the calypso recording pioneer Lionel Belasco.
This one is a Mi Minor Calypso instrumental showing the early French/Latin influence on calypso music.

Lionel Belasco - Depression (Calypso Instrumental early 1930's)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2012, 01:35:51 AM »
Another castillian sounding calypso instrumental from Trinidad back in the early recording days.

Gerald Clark & His Night Owls - Carmelita
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2012, 01:41:38 AM »
Original Mi Minor Calypso in yuh tail from High Priest of Mi Minor The Growling Tiger.

Growling Tiger with Gerald Clark & His Orchestra - Yaraba Shango (1936)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2012, 02:02:05 AM »
Another one from High Priest of Mi Minor The Growling Tiger.

Growling Tiger with Gerald Clark & His Orchestra - The Gold In Africa (1938)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2012, 02:13:34 AM »
One of my all time favourites from High Priest of Mi Minor The Growling Tiger.

Growling Tiger - 'Money is King' (1930's)
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Updated version from 1979 from High Priest of Mi Minor The Growling Tiger.

Growling Tiger - Money is King (1979)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2012, 02:25:44 AM »
Another Calypso pioneer extraordinaire, the Great Atilla the Hun.

Atilla the Hun - History of Carnival (Early 1930's)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2012, 02:34:06 AM »
Another wicked Calypso from the Great Atilla the Hun singing about Emancipation from starvation.

Atilla the Hun - The Five Year Plan (Early 1930's)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2012, 02:40:40 AM »
And here is Calypso Pioneer Roaring Lion followed by the Great Atilla the Hun giving opposing views on the same topic.

Lion - Am Going To Buy A Bungalow vs Atilla - I Don`t Want No Bungalow (1936)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2012, 02:56:48 AM »
Calypso pioneer the Roaring Lion with a J'ouvert classic.

Roaring Lion - J'ouvert Barrio (1935)
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And here is an excellent remake 40 years later by the same original singer!

Roaring Lion - Carnival Long Ago (Remake 1975)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2012, 01:52:34 PM »
Calypso pioneer the Roaring Lion with another classic.

Roaring Lion - Ugly Woman (1934)
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And here is Minsiter Louis Farrakhan 20 years later with a great cover version!  ;D

The Charmer (aka Louis Farrakhan) - Ugly Woman (1954)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2012, 01:59:49 PM »
3-Way Calypso War at Calypso Tent in the 30's between Lord Invader, Macbeth the Great & Duke of Iron.

Calypso War - Lord Invader, Macbeth the Great & Duke of Iron
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As you can hear warring in song was done in Trinidad Calypso many moons before it was ever done in Jamaican reggae or in American rap. :beermug:
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2012, 02:40:31 PM »
Lord Invader vs Lord Dictator 1930's.

Lord Invader & Lord Dictator - My Intention Is War
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2012, 03:24:06 AM »
Excellent stuff Pro. Keep dem coming. Thanks for the history lesson
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2012, 12:45:36 PM »
The Calypso Craze takes America by storm in the 40's and continue during the war years and into the 50's until soul, r'n'b, rock & roll, etc develope and then gets the upperhand on Calypso in the American market due to better packaging and marketing.

Calypso At Midnight - Live Sold-Out Calypso Concert in New York 1946.

Duke Of Iron - Calypso Invasion (Live performance in New York 1946)
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Macbeth The Great - Stone Cold Dead In The Market (1946 Live in New York)
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Lord Invader - "Rum And Coca-Cola" (Live performance in New York 1946)
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The Andrews Sisters - "Rum And Coca-Cola"
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Gigliola Cinquetti sings Rum And Coca-Cola while doing the hoola-hoop dance, so sexy!! :-*

Gigliola Cinquetti - "Rum And Coca-Cola"
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2012, 01:19:37 PM »
Lord Invader sings about bringing back ole time capital punishment first in Trinidad and then in Britain!

Lord Invader - Old Time Cat-O'-Nine
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Lord Invader - Teddy Boy Calypso (Cat-O'-Nine)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2012, 02:30:25 PM »
Trinidad-born musician Egbert Moore sailed to England in 1948 and became Lord Beginner. Along with his friend Lord Kitchener, they soon found a market for Calypso with the new immigrees from the Caribbean.

Another Calypso pioneer of the 1940's!

Lord Beginner - Nobody Wants To Grow Old
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Lord Beginner - General Election
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Lord Beginner - Mix Up Matrimony
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Lord Beginner - 'The Dollar And The Pound - Calypso' (1950)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2012, 03:18:33 PM »
I think Calypso genius Spolier may have been the first calypsonian to use a steelband for his entire orchestra backing in these calypso recordings from the late 40's/early 50's.

Mighty Spoiler - "Wars of Long Ago"
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Mighty Spoiler - "My Shadow"
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Mighty Spoiler - "Believe It or Not"
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2012, 10:54:28 AM »
Nice thread Pro! Keep de culture alive!  :beermug:
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2012, 02:55:54 PM »
Calypso pioneer the Roaring Lion with another classic.

Roaring Lion - Ugly Woman (1934)

And here is Minsiter Louis Farrakhan 20 years later with a great cover version!  ;D

The Charmer (aka Louis Farrakhan) - Ugly Woman (1954)
This was a sort of reworking of that song...been listening this since before I can remember but never knew that it came from Calypso
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2012, 07:03:51 PM »
Kid Creole and the coconuts did a version also.

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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2012, 09:39:36 AM »
Calypso pioneer the Roaring Lion with another classic.

Roaring Lion - Ugly Woman (1934)

And here is Minsiter Louis Farrakhan 20 years later with a great cover version!  ;D

The Charmer (aka Louis Farrakhan) - Ugly Woman (1954)
This was a sort of reworking of that song...been listening this since before I can remember but never knew that it came from Calypso


Joe Dolce ('shaddap your face') did a good one:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/rWrnlickr5s" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/rWrnlickr5s</a>

Also Trini Lopez recorded a cover same year Jimmy Soul did (1963).

Duke of Iron covered it in 1946
Lord Composer (Jamaican) re-recored it in 1955, also the Skatalites did the newer version.
Robert Mitchum covered it on his calypso album in 1957

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ke5uJ4E6c0Y" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Ke5uJ4E6c0Y</a>

Kid Creole:

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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2012, 09:44:48 AM »
One of my favorite old calypsos is "Lost Watch" aka "Tick, Tick, Tick"

Can't find Duke of Iron's version on youtube. Here's Mitchum's cover

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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2013, 07:39:06 PM »
Check out these historical recordings!!

Lovey's String Band 1912 - 1st Historic Calypso Recordings with some history of the band!
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Some interesting facts.
The first calypso recordings above were made 5 years before the very first jazz recordings and the Americans came to Trinidad to do follow-up recordings. In other words they were quite impressed with Calypso.

So could Calypso have inspired the first early jazz musicians in America before the influence started to happen the other way around?

What we know for sure is that calypso and jazz are like brother and sister and that jazz went in the instrumental direction while calypso went in the lyrical direction but they both sounded quite similar in the early 1900's.
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2013, 10:24:40 PM »
Atilla the Hun & Lord Executor - Iere Now and Long Ago
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Here is an interesting fact. 
Trinidad's original Amerindian name was Iere so when you here Rasta's saying everything is “irie” it is the same word with a slight misspelling and they are actually talking about Trinis.
In other words to be Iere/Irie is to be like a Trini!  ;)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2013, 10:28:55 PM »
Hear how close some of the early calypsos sounded to jazz music?!

As I said both genres are like brother and sister but jazz went more in the instrumental direction while calypso went more in the lyrical direction!

Roaring Lion - Charming Trinidad (1930’s)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2013, 10:33:54 PM »
Love the original walking style basslines in these old time calypsos.
You can also hear how close calypso and jazz music was back in the 30's and 40's!

The Growler - Bongo Dance (1930's)
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Re: Early & Traditional Calypso Thread!
« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2013, 10:49:28 PM »
This might very well be the earliest calypso recording about Christmas!

The Executor - Christmas Is A Joyful Day (1937)
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