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The Evolution of Calypso 
By Danielle John-Palmer
The Birth of Calypso 
 Calypso began in a country 
called Trinidad and Tobago 
 Trinidad and Tobago is a 
Carribbean isl...
The Origin 
 These slaves worked on 
sugar plantations 
 They used calypso to mock 
the slave masters and 
speak amongst...
The Basic Rhythm of Calypso 
It varies but stays around this beat
How it became Popular 
 When the French Martinique planters began to 
colonize in Trinidad a very important celebration 
...
The First 
Recording of 
Calypso 
The official recording was 
created by Lovey’s String 
Band in 1912 
They recorded it in...
Canboulay 
 Canboulay was the 
people’s carnival, it is what 
made Calypso what it is 
today 
 Canboulay would soon 
bec...
The Steel Pan 
 The steel pan was created by 
slaves who wanted to create 
music 
 Because they didn’t have 
access to o...
Panorama 
Today a very immportant 
part of Carnival is Panorama 
Which broadcasts the best 
pan bands in a calypso 
compet...
The Calypso Movement 
 Soca music spoke of repression, rights, love, 
empowerment, and current news 
 They were often fo...
Soca is the new Calypso 
 Soca was a subculture 
created by named Garfeild 
Blackman 
 He is named the ‘Father of 
Soca’...
Soca Today 
 Soca is the most popular music of Trinidad today, it 
stands for the ‘Soul of Calypso’ 
 It is mostly revol...
Machel 
Montano 
Machel Montano is the most 
famous soca artist to date 
He wins Soca Monarch 
almost every year 
One of h...
Chutney 
 Out of Soca came a new 
kind of music, Chutney 
 Chutney puts a heavier 
influence on the East 
Indian part of...
The End 
Calypso has created a world of music for Trinidad and it continues to 
grow. Thanks for watching.
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The Evolution of Calypso

  1. 1. The Evolution of Calypso By Danielle John-Palmer
  2. 2. The Birth of Calypso  Calypso began in a country called Trinidad and Tobago  Trinidad and Tobago is a Carribbean island off the coast of Venezuela  It started in the 17th century by West African slaves who were brought over to the Island
  3. 3. The Origin  These slaves worked on sugar plantations  They used calypso to mock the slave masters and speak amongst themselves  Calypso was previous spoken in French creole but it later changed to English as the language became more prevelant
  4. 4. The Basic Rhythm of Calypso It varies but stays around this beat
  5. 5. How it became Popular  When the French Martinique planters began to colonize in Trinidad a very important celebration became popular amongst the slaves  This was called Carnival, a celebration before Ash Wednesday, a Christian Holiday preparing for Easter  Slave owners would not allow slaves or laborers to participate in this celebration, so the people created their own kind of carnival
  6. 6. The First Recording of Calypso The official recording was created by Lovey’s String Band in 1912 They recorded it in New York and the song is called ‘Mango Vert’
  7. 7. Canboulay  Canboulay was the people’s carnival, it is what made Calypso what it is today  Canboulay would soon become the official Trinidad Carnival which is known all over the world  During carnival they played calypso music and to create this new music the brough out a new instrument, the steel pan
  8. 8. The Steel Pan  The steel pan was created by slaves who wanted to create music  Because they didn’t have access to other kinds of instruments, they used oil drums and pans  This instrument was derived from calypso and is the newest percussion instrument today  Today, a very important part
  9. 9. Panorama Today a very immportant part of Carnival is Panorama Which broadcasts the best pan bands in a calypso competition
  10. 10. The Calypso Movement  Soca music spoke of repression, rights, love, empowerment, and current news  They were often forcefully silenced by the parliament  Out Calypso came many subcultures, the most famous being Soca music
  11. 11. Soca is the new Calypso  Soca was a subculture created by named Garfeild Blackman  He is named the ‘Father of Soca’  His goal in his music was to bring East Indian and African groups together  He fused calypso with indian instruments including the dholak, table, and dhantal
  12. 12. Soca Today  Soca is the most popular music of Trinidad today, it stands for the ‘Soul of Calypso’  It is mostly revolved around partying and having a good time, which correlates to the whole idea of Carnival.  During carnival, there is a competition called Soca Monarch which rates the best Soca artist  Soca has replaced calypso in carnival, calypso is now seen as an older, more political type of music but it is always recognized
  13. 13. Machel Montano Machel Montano is the most famous soca artist to date He wins Soca Monarch almost every year One of his most famous songs is “Epic
  14. 14. Chutney  Out of Soca came a new kind of music, Chutney  Chutney puts a heavier influence on the East Indian part of Soca music  Chutney music speaks of the same thing as Soca but it is sometimes in Hindi or English
  15. 15. The End Calypso has created a world of music for Trinidad and it continues to grow. Thanks for watching.

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