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1A kind of West Indian (originally Trinidadian) music in syncopated African rhythm, typically with words improvised on a topical theme.
- ‘The project has formed a band called Raw Energy which fuses reggae, African rhythm, calypso, rhumba and rock.’
- ‘The postcolonial period has witnessed a significant creolizing of church music, which has been influenced by calypso, reggae, and African American gospel music.’
- ‘Reflecting an African heritage, this music combines the African ‘call-and-response’ with features of calypso and reggae.’
- ‘The steel pan is our gift to the world as is our calypso music.’
- ‘The bar, a cavernous construction of breeze-blocks, heaves with energy, in an easy mix of sailors and islanders, whipped up by a local band running through the year's carnival calypsos from Trinidad.’
- ‘The 31-year-old singer blends the best of Caribbean and South London sounds, including reggae, calypso, jazz and British pop music.’
- ‘The Crop Over festival features costume bands, folk music, and calypso competitions.’
- ‘Although its roots are similar to those of calypso and reggae, it is more authenticly African.’
- ‘While listening to calypso music, many of those being entertained like to dance the limbo, a dance very popular among Grenadian Americans.’
- ‘West Indian calypso and reggae music are both popular.’
- ‘The disc is full of salsa, trip-hop, acid jazz, calypso and reggae beats.’
- ‘Favorite types of music include calypso, reggae, and religious hymns.’
- ‘In addition to American and British music, reggae, calypso, and Zairian music are popular.’
- ‘The steel drums used in calypso music are made from these 55-gallon containers.’
- ‘The sound of soft calypso music drifts down from another deck as, below her, waves lap at the side of the ship.’
- ‘Trinidad has a thriving rock music scene whose best bands blend reggae and calypso with mainstream rock.’
- ‘The calypso, reggae, and steel band music of Trinidad and Jamaica are also very popular.’
- ‘The musical style is similar to West Indian calypso and reggae.’
- ‘Two forms of native Trinidadian music - calypso and steel drum music - have become famous throughout the world.’
- ‘Wherever you go on on this laid-back island, the palm trees sway to the sounds of soca and calypso music.’
- ‘I don't care if it's classical, funk, salsa, reggae, calypso; it's all dance music.’
- ‘They had been arrested together for singing calypsos on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain and though their careers had taken decidedly different paths, there was an intimacy to their relationship that was truly profound.’
- 1.1A calypso song.
- ‘Elsewhere, the calypso is a link to home, thematically and more subtly.’
- ‘Every year, just prior to the launch of Cariwest, Edmonton's vibrant Caribbean arts festival, a contest takes place to decide who has the best calypso song for this year's festival.’
- ‘The conscious lyrics of the calypso Free Ourselves saw its singer, Patrice Valentine, placing third in the competition.’
- ‘I prefer to depend on the comments of callers who heard the calypso during my morning talk show rather than results from a survey.’
- ‘He refuted claims that the station received a letter or request to desist from playing the calypso.’
- ‘The latest calypso songs can be heard on radios and sound systems throughout the country.’
- ‘The five to 17-year-olds, who were wearing colourful T-shirts, performed four pieces, including the calypso which was specially commissioned for the event.’
- ‘As far back as in the 1950s, Lord Melody sang ‘Pedlars’, a humorous calypso on hucksters who sold stolen goods on the sidewalks of Port of Spain.’
- ‘The opening credits feature a traditional calypso that Americans would recognise as Meet the Boys on the Battle Front.’
- ‘On the dance floor these days, there are quite a few partners who are comfortable in T-shirts when the music calls for a jive, a samba, a rumba, a calypso, or even a good old waltz.’
- ‘He also was called upon to write a special calypso for the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1985.’
- ‘It was the melodic basis of many early 20th-century calypsos, and today it lives on as the traditional tune for extempo competitions, in which calypsonians show off their quick wits and lyrical skills by inventing picong on the spot.’
- ‘The only limitation is that no steel band is to play a calypso that the said steel band played before in a Panorama competition.’
- ‘Never before was one of his most moving songs, ‘Sayamanda’, considered a calypso until Andre died.’
- ‘For instance, years ago we would have about five top calypso songs with great quality, now we don't get that.’
- ‘Can you imagine the horror of people here and abroad, the adverse publicity that would attend our nation if such a calypso were to now help to gain the singer the title of Calypso Monarch?’
- ‘Mark you, sometimes luck intervenes and a good calypso slips through the cracked programming.’
- ‘It also occasionally featured a calypso from Percival himself.’
- ‘He was awarded the Trinity Cross in 1978, his portrait adorned two postage stamps and six calypso songs were penned to commemorate his triumph.’
- ‘We have not a single calypso or chutney song to rally around and no hope of pan on the road.’
1930s: of unknown origin.
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