Music: Calypso Boom

Trinidad, British island off the northeast coast of South America, is a hot mixture of bloods, French, Spanish, Negro, Carib, Hindu, Chinese. Once a year, on the two days before Lent, Trinidad goes crazy with a carnival of rum-drinking, parades, musicmaking, mummery—blacks painted or masked as whites, whites as blacks. During carnival, Trinidad characters bearing such names as The Lion, Atilla the Hun, The Caresser, The Growler live high and merrily. They are the Calypsonians of the island, who compose, play and sing the Trinidad music known as Calypso.* Their songs, whose jerky...

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