:: Title :: Exploring
:: Genre :: calypso
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Clark, Gerald
Clark, Hi [bass (double)]
DeLeon [drum (drums)]
Felix, Gregory [clarinet]
MacDonald, Patrick (Macbeth the Great) [vocal]
Morris, Albert [piano]
Pacheco, Victor [fiddle]
Simeon [drum (drums)]
Unidentified [chac chac]
Unidentified men [vocal]
:: Group Name :: Gerald Clark and His Invaders
:: Setting :: Calypso At Midnight concert, Town Hall
:: Location :: Manhattan, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian, Creole-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Calypso At Midnight 12/46
:: Date :: 12/21/1946
:: Reference Information :: TD227.0, Track 23 (00:03:20)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - "This concert is a fascinating document of an American presentation of Trinidadian calypso at a time when interest in the genre was spreading from New York City into the mainstream of popular music in the United States" (Donald R. Hill and John H. Cowley, Calypso At Midnight, Rounder 1840). [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Notes from Rounder Records release "Calypso At Midnight" read: "This song was originally recorded on March 3, 1938, by Caresser (Decca 17371) and lists symbols of power -- the zeppelin, the steamboat -- and men associated with power by virtue of their 'discoveries,' deeds or titular position. The wordplay, however, implies a critique of these activities in their exploitative effect on those who have been vanquished and the territories acquired in the process. Thus, like the masquerade with which the calypsonian is associated, he portrays multiple levels of meaning in the lyrics to his songs. Based on 'Exploiting' by Rufus Callender." [Source: Donald R. Hill and John H. Cowley]
:: Collection :: Calypso Concert 1946

 

 

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