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...The music of Sierra Leone’s Ebenezer Calendar served as an aural statement on the dynamics of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. Born in Freetown in 1912, Calendar’s father came from Jamaica and influenced young Ebenezer with rhythm and song...

David Rudder

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...David Michael Rudder helped make calypso music, a style of Afro-Caribbean music that is characterized by rhythmic and harmonic vocals, popular on an international scale. He is also one of the few calypso singers to write their own songs...

Lord Shorty

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...Also known as Ras Shorty I, “the Father of Soca” and “the Love Man,” Lord Shorty was a musician known for the Caribbean styles of calypso and soca, the latter being created by Lord Shorty himself. Shorty was born Garfield Blackman...
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...The American singer-songwriter and actor Harry Belafonte came to prominence during the folk boom of the 1950s and 1960s, and he emerged as an outspoken activist on myriad social issues. Belafonte was born in Harlem, New York City in 1927...

Calypso

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Calypso is a music and dance genre popular throughout the Caribbean and the Americas, with a musical approach that is comparable, in terms of its influence, to the blues. While its development began in the 1920s, it gained a wide audience...

Dominica

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Dominica is an island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean that is about halfway between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. As a result of being occupied by both France and England, people in Dominica speak both English...

Soca

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Soca is a style of popular music that emerged in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1970s. It represents the latest phase in the development of calypso music, a song form that has two primary roles in Caribbean culture: as musical...

Calypso Limonense

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Calypso limonense is a form of calypso that developed among the Afro-Caribbean population of the port city of Limón on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, and subsequently spread to other parts of the country. From the 1980s it was increasingly...

Costa Rica

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Costa Rica is a Central American country with a population comprised largely of the descendants of European immigrants. The largest ethnic minorities in Costa Rica are African (2% of the four million inhabitants) and American Indian (1...

Steelband Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...The steel pan (or simply pan, also referred to sometimes as steel drum) was invented in Trinidad around 1940 by young men from poor neighborhoods in Port of Spain who used it to play in Carnival percussion bands. Through competition between...