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Calypsos From Trinidad - 1930s - Various Artists

Cod.artículo: 7004

Precio: $15.00

CD 7004

In June of 1937 certain events took place in Trinidad which were to effect that Caribbean island colony's movement towards indepen-dence. This collection of topical commentaries offers an opportunity to not only reflect upon the common struggle Trinidad shared with the rest of the industrialized western world as it tried to extricate itself from the effects of the Great Depression, but also on a series of dramatic events, such as the 1937 oil field strike, which eventually contributed to the black majority's gaining access to the institutions of government and financial power. For details, see enclosed 24 page booklet.

Re-issue of historic 78 rpm records edited and annotated by Dick Spottswood.

1. Iere Now And Long Ago
2. Money Is King
3. The Gold In Africa
4. Bargee Pelauri
5. Send Your Children To The Orphan Home
6. Paramaribo
7. Ah, Gertie
8. Treasury Scandal
9. I Don't Know How The Young Men Living
10. Shop Closing Ordinance
11. Too Botheration
12. The Rats
13. Down The Road
14. Try A Screw To Get Through
15. The Strike
16. Miss Marie's Advice
17. Where Was Butler?
18. The Governor's Resignation
19. We Mourn The Loss Of Sir Murchison Fletcher
20. Mr. Nakivell's Speech
21. Commission's Report
22. Sedition Law
23. The Five Year Plan


“Calypsos contains classic protest songs from the pre-independence era in Trinidad; The Calypso singers include The Lion, The Tiger and Atilla the Hun, all,popular singers in their time. After a while, the melodies begin to sound similar, due to the common practice of fitting words to an existing tune, only altering it slightly from the original. Permeated by a catchy rhythm and, punctuated by brass, strings and piano, the calypso songs depend on the lyrics for their uniqueness. Calypso composers prided themselves on their ability to play with the subtleties of the language while telling a story or promoting a certain point of view. The collection was edited and annotated by Dick Spottswood, and the booklet includes historical notes and translations of the often thickly accented English lyrics.”

(Elaine Bradtke — Sing Out!)