Showing posts with label Calypsos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Calypsos. Show all posts

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Maya Angelou

The iconic Maya Angelou. I wish there was more early footage but these are great.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Calypso Blues

Taylor Berkley Peanuts probably wrote the song but haven't found proof yet so it could be anyone. This is one of my favorite Calypso songs and I'm happy to find lots of people covered it. Nat King Cole and Peanuts toured together and were friends which is how Nat came to cover the song. Peanuts version is better but this is closer to the original than anyone others I can find on youtube.

This is really interesting especially if you watch the entire clip. Youn Sun Nah's version of Calypso Blues. She lays down all the tracks with her voice using a loop machine. Fascinating and amazing. The disabled embed links so click here.

Calypso Blues

Sittin' by de ocean
Me heart, she feel so sad
Sittin' by de ocean
Me heart, she feel so sad
Don't got de money
To take me back to Trinidad

Fine calypso woman
She cook me shrimps and rice
Fine calypso woman
She cook me shrimps and rice
But dese yankee hot dogs
Don't treat me stomach very nice

In Trinidad, one dollar buy
Papaya juice
Banana pie
Six coconuts
One female goat
An' plenty fish
To rock de boat

One bushel bread
One barrel o' wine
An' all de town
She come to dine
But here is bad
One dollar buy
Cup of coffee
Ham on rye

Me throat she sick from necktie
Me feet hurt from shoes
Me pocket full of empty
I got Calypso blues

Here we go
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
La la la la la la

Dese yankee girls
Give me big scare
Is black de root
Is blonde de hair
Her eyelash false
Her face is paint
And what you see
Is what she ain't

She tries to jam
When she should waltz
I even think
Her teeth is false
But calypso girl is good a lot
Is what you see
Is what she got

Sittin' by de ocean
Me heart, she feel so sad
Don't got de money
To take me back to Trinidad

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Jolly Boys Jaimaican Mento meets Modern Contemporary

If I were to say I am Caribbean music junkie it would be an understatement. The fact that I didn't notice the Jolly Boys until now makes me wonder what else I have missed. These guys are the real deal with a musical legacy going back 60 years. They were Errol Flyyn's house band for god sake. These guys are well seasoned and steeped in early Island musical tradition.Here is an excerpt from their site. There are some good videos and documentary on the site.

For nearly sixty years, the Jolly Boys have been integral to the fabric of Port Antonio’s musical landscape and cultural heritage. Masters of mento, one of Jamaica’s original musics, this band has rocked innumerable private soirées, charmed the traveling elite and toured the world, leaving an indelible mark on everyone who has heard them. Their new album, Great Expectation, introduces a new sound and direction, making them more unforgettable than they have ever been.

The Jolly Boys quickly rose to local prominence in the 1950s as the house band for the Rat Pack’s Jamaica chapter, chaired by the swashbuckling enfant terrible, Errol Flynn. Singing songs of double entendre and ribaldry to those in search of escape and excess, the group served as Port Antonio’s go-to band for thirty years. Being “discovered” by a new generation of world music aficionados in the late 1980s meant that the Jolly Boys could take their musical party on the road. Several album, dozens of countries and thirty years since, the Jolly Boys have become the most recognizable mento band in the world.

Now, the Jolly Boys are back, reinvigorated with a revolutionary new sound. In early 2009, Jon Baker, founder of Gee Street Records and one-time leader of the A&R team at Island Records in NYC, held a recording session at Geejam studios to capture some of the Jolly Boys vintage material. He was looking for the rebel mento–the punk rock of its day–where singers sang frankly about sex and wrote biting commentary about relevant social issues. The Jolly Boys delivered, but it led to a fresh creative idea: why not dip into the rock repertory, take the songs that resonate with mento’s raucous history and give them a different vibe? Baker, together with his long term friend and creative partner Mark Jones from Wall of Sound, worked together and chose tracks from artists like the Clash, the Stooges, the Stranglers and Amy Winehouse. They fit the mento vibe so naturally that work on the new project began immediately.

Over the next several months, the group worked tirelessly with Dale Virgo, Baker’s co-producer, on a set of innovative arrangements and modern beats to complement and contemporize an older sound defined by banjos, maracas and rumba boxes. To bridge the narrows between the two styles, Baker brought in mento scholar and banjo driver Daniel Neely as the project’s music director. In addition, Jamaican saxophone legend Cedric Brooks added both his unique musical insight and his horn to the project. The entire endeavor was documented by filmmaker and director Rick Elgood (One Love, Dancehall Queen, Westway to the World), whose docudrama about the Jolly Boys past, present and future is currently in production. The result of these efforts is the Jolly Boys’ new album, Great Expectation, the birth of modern mento.

The well-seasoned and ever energetic Jolly Boys thrash out this new mento sound with as much heart and flex as any contemporary performer. Lead singer Albert Minott’s saturated vocals, natural retro chic stylings and limitless charisma convey an uncommon originality and musical creativity that is entirely his own. On tour this summer to promote the new album, Albert will be supported by a sensational group of foundational Jolly Boys and young Jamaican lions. It’ll leave you excited and wanting more.

Great Expectation was recorded at Geejam Studios, a residential recording studio and hotel, in Port Antonio, Jamaica. The video for Rehab, featuring Albert Minott (with a cameo by Patrice Flynn, Errol’s wife), was filmed at the Seaview Entertainment Centre, Limbo Lounge and Pat’s Rum Bar in Port Antonio by Rick Elgood.

Here is a video by the Jolly Boys a cover of Amy Whinehouse song rehab which I am not a fan of but they did a great job on this one

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Retro Music Decca #78 1939 Calypsos By Wilmoth Houdini

My 78 collection is getting larger. Thank you Ebay. Now I need a good 78 cart. This is one I have been trying to find for a while. The three 78's are in great shape. It even came with a bonus booklet with important information on Trinidad's Calypso traditions. I've included them in this post.

This is the inside sleeve. It features several Carnival troupes. Great costumes.

This is the first time I've seen this booklet. I was very happy it was intact with this 78 set. It tells the story of how Wilmoth Houdini became the King Of Calypsos. I made these scans big so they could be read. If your into music history of the Caribbean this is a must read.

Can't wait to spin this 78. 78 booklets like this are the best way to collect 78 rpm records. I have many 78's but the ones in the best shape come from booklets like this one.