Caribbean Cricket Fan’s Calypso Playlist

Calypso music has its roots in Trinidad and Tobago and is said to have developed in the island from as early as the 17th Century.

Historically, the music was created by African slaves imported to that Caribbean island to work on sugar plantations.

The slaves, brought to toil on sugar plantations, were stripped of all connections to their homeland and family and not allowed to talk to each other.

They used calypso to mock the slave masters and to communicate with each other.

Today, the music has spread throughout the Caribbean, and one would be hard-pressed not to find it part of the playlist at any musical event in the region.

Musically, it is still by far the most subtle way of offering critical commentary on social, political, and current events.

Recently, the turned to the to get feedback from people in the diaspora on their favorite calypso song.

So, here goes:

1. King Austin — Progress

2. Mighty Sparrow — Capitalism Gone Mad

3. Mighty Sparrow – Dan Is The Man (In The Van)

4. Super P — Curry

5. T.C. — Wrong Name (Who The Hell Is Kim?)

6. Calypso Rose — Fire In Me Wire

7. Workey Workey — [Soca]

8. Square one — Turn It Around (The Plumber)

9. Singing Sandra — Die With My Dignity

10. Soca Boys — Dollar Wine

11. Johnny King — Nature’s Plan

12. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires — Tiny Winey

13. Hot-Hot-Hot — Arrow

Nigel Belle, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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