Calypso Radio Stations

Calypso is a form of afro caribbean music that developed in trinidad and tobago in the early to mid 20th century and took its influence from african kaiso music and the french creole language and music. It encompasses a range of different genres including benna, mento, ska, spouge and soca music. It is characterised by its topical, witty and often satirical lyrics and carnival style sound which uses instrumentation such as steel drums, latin percussion and guitar amongst others. Calypso drew upon African and French influences, and became the voice of the people was characterized by highly rhythmic and harmonic vocals, which was most often sung in a French creole and led by a griot. As calypso developed, the role of the griot (originally a similar traveling musician in West Africa) became known as a chantuelle and eventually, calypsonian. As English replaced “patois” (Antillean creole) as the dominant language, calypso migrated into English, and in so doing it attracted more attention from the government. It allowed the masses to challenge the doings of the unelected Governor and Legislative Council, and the elected town councils of Port of Spain and San Fernando. Calypso continued to play an important role in political expression, and also served to document the history of Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Gros Islet, St. Lucia

F.I.R.E. – Finest in Radio Entertainment, promoting Soca and Calypso music to the world.  Caribbean based online radio station. This station has been set up by those who love their Caribbean music but who also care about covering matters of interest, hence our children’s programmes, health programmes etc. Read more…

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