Parkinson School releases calypso CD
Today’s release of a calypso CD by the Parkinson Memorial School can only help the development of Principal Jeff Broomes’ new curriculum for the school come next September.
Broomes told the media in a press conference this morning that the introduction of the children to the calypso artform this Crop-Over would benefit the virtual studio he was looking to introduce for fourth and fifth formers from next term.
He was speaking at the CD launch and announcement of an upcoming calypso competition at the school this Friday, themed Kaiso In De Pine, the same name as the CD, which features nine of the schools singers.
Teacher, Randy Eastmond said the children had been involved not just in the singing, but background vocals on the tracks, as well as its production, along with other teachers and other interested persons who had donated their time to training them.
He said they had seen the actual benefits of the project, not only in the production of the CD, but the development of the talents of the students, their voices and their attitudes.
“I want it to be clearly understood. Mr. Eastmond has said that there has been improvement from beginning to this point, but as far as we are concerned, the journey now start.
“We have added to our curriculum for next term something known as a virtual recording studio and in that part of the curriculum which begins for fourth and fifth form students, children will not only be singing, they will get to understand and operate different equipment within a recording studio, but also they will get to develop lyrics, develop melodies to the point of producing songs. So we are not just starting with this and ending with this calypso and I commit that we will have an annual intra-school Parkinson competition, who knows?” said the principal.
He said it could even lead to the creation of a calypso tent next year, involving children from different schools in a competition as well.
The CD includes selections from Kayla Bee – Our Disease; Amber Orano – I Am A Child; Dessie – Too Young; Angel – Selfish Mentality; Nikola Anomar – Pimpalin; Lil T – Too Big Fuh Yuh Shoes; Mighty Xaiver – Something Is Peeping Out; Kadeem – De Drain and Sammy Sosa – My Calypso. (LB)