Sweet calypso

It’s Crop-Over season in my beautiful island of Barbados, and anyone who is acquainted with this festival would know that not only does this time bring wonderful shows, the best parties and of course the climax of Grand Kadooment but what really makes this season is the freshly released music that simply brings everything together year after year.

Calypso, as it is proudly referred to, although not originating in Barbados, has been clung to by our people and “nestled in our bosoms”.

However, every year the content of our music is judged as if it is a laboratory frog — placed on a petri dish to be examined. Too often we become judges who “speak down on our music”, making comments about “foolish” songs. Yet these songs become the most popular of the season, and also the most entertaining.

Whispers*

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