Soca and calypso - Respect the damn thing

by gary clarke
(port of spain)

I love soca and calypso, but we must not only focus on making tune just to make money. this is our culture and it should not a vehicle for making a fast buck. This would would only end up killing our culture, young artiste should go and study the work of Hon. Ras shory, the father of soca, sparrow, kitchener, superblue, tambu and all the great who music is still appreciated today. We need to get away from that eurocentric mindset about the music and look at it professionally and passionately. When we write a song it must be appealing and written and perform with agreat deal of professionalismn.

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Feb 13, 2010
Reply to Gary Clarke's comment
by: LeeLee (Brooklyn)

I agree with you 100% Gary! I think you hit the nail on the head. I'm 33 and I grew up listening to the Mighty Sparrow. Back then they sang music that made you think and feel pride for your country. They also had a way with story telling with some humor. I miss dem days. The younger calypsonians need to go back and study that and try to incorporate that into todays music. I wish they could all read your comment Gary! I usually never comment on here, but I felt the need to say something because I agree with you whole heartedly.

Feb 13, 2010
Say it Bruddah
by: calypsokid

Glad to see someone pointing to the folks who've made this wonderful music so rich! The world needs to know who these Master are!!

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