Laura and Nigel chat with Meagan Sylvester of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) about the role and business of calypso in the 21st century. Calypso, the Mother music of the Caribbean, has a recording history of over a century predating recorded jazz music, but the music business evolution and global spread of the music has declined since the late 1950s, aside from a few outliers and outside the diaspora spaces. A modern perspective from an official source is given to identify a calypso renaissance both artistically and commercially, and the work being done towards that end.
[Calypsos excerpted: “Iron Duke in The Land”, Julian Whiterose. Recorded 1914; “Change”, Helon Francis. ℗ & © 2018; “Long Live Calypso”, Lord Superior. ℗ & © 1973.]
- Programme Date: 16 October 2018
- Programme length: 00:40:08