Calypso Music and Lyrics

Calypsos from a Sweetman's perspective:

1. King Radio  "Fifty Wives"
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2. The Caresser  "Exploiting"
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Calypsos and figures alluded to in the short stories and poetry:


3. Lord Invader  "Rum and Coca Cola" (alluded to in Sam Selvon's "Calypsonian" as an example of a calypso that
U.S. artists stole and made lots of money from.  In this case, the Andrew Sisters made "Rum and Coca Cola" a hit in the US
but did not acknowledge Invader.)
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4.  Atilla the Hun    "The West Indian Federation" (Atilla the Hun is one of  the characters in Michael Anthony's "The Chieftain's Carnival."  He was a successful calypsonian who used his success in calypso to become the mayor of Port of Spain.)

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5. Lord  Beginner (Cipriani was the Mayor of Port of Spain and member of Legislative Council, a labor leader, and a major politician in Trinidad.  He is mentioned in "The Chieftain's Carnival" as one of the judges of the calypso competition in which Atilla and Chieftain Douglas competed)

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6. The Mighty Spoiler --  "Bedbug"  (The Mighty Spoiler is the Calypsonian that Walcott impersonates in "The Spoiler's Return" and "Bedbug" is the calypso which he reworks in the poem.)

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