Monthly Archives: "April 2015"

In his earlier days, he was called Rabbie Ocean with one of his most popular tune, “Carry On.” These days, he goes by the name Phil Nessy and is a St. Lucian musician based in the USA steadily rising on the music scene. Nessy recently released a music video for the tune; “My Life” which coincides with a “Love Your Life” campaign which he is currently undertaking. The Hospital Road, Castries born musician describes himself as a simple individual who enjoys singing, football and swimming. Nessy proudly describes his musicalRead More
The Victor Recording Company’s sessions in Trinidad, which produced the first recording of calindas (the chants accompanying carnival’s stick fighting ritual) sung by Jules Sims, are also noteworthy for the virtuosic piano playing of Lionel “Lanky” Belasco. Born in 1881, Belasco, the son of an African-Caribbean mother and a Sephardic Jewish father, is considered among the most important musician of calypso’s formative years. The leader of Belasco’s Renowned String Band, which performed at elite society events in Trinidad, Belasco was also an arranger and a composer in addition to hisRead More
The First Recorded Vocal Calypso: Iron Duke in the Land Two years after the first instrumental calypsos were recorded in the Big Apple, sound engineers from the Victor Talking Machine Company (the forerunner to RCA records) located in Camden, N.J. sailed to Trinidad in 1914 with the intention of recording a full repertoire of the island’s indigenous music. The cosmopolitan population of the larger island of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is reflected in various cultural expressions but especially through its music: the earliest recordings done in Trinidad includedRead More
Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago during the early to mid-20th century. The roots and rhythms can be traced back to West African Kaiso, along with the arrival of French planters and their slaves from the French Antilles in the 1700s. Today the musical art form can be heard internationally, with many Caribbean islands presenting their own interpretation of what a Calypso song should sound like. In the early 1900s the largest number of black immigrants settling in the Northeast (New York City)Read More
Calypso is often cited as the first genre to sell over a million copies: Harry Belafonte’s “Calypso” album released on RCA Records in 1956 holds that distinction. But the New York born, Jamaica raised Belafonte wasn’t an authentic calypsonian, a controversial issue addressed by Belafonte and others in the brilliant 2004 documentary “Calypso Dreams”. Belafonte’s “Calypso” was released more than 40 years after the very first calypso records were made-in New York City-but calypso’s lineage goes back much further, as the organically developed original soundtrack for the world’s ultimate streetRead More

Posted On April 20, 2015By altonIn News, Program Related

Going Green for Carnival

Tropicalfete inc 2015 Labor Day Presentation for Brooklyn Labor Day Carnival will be going Green more information coming soon.Read More
The years 2012 and 2014 marked the 100th anniversaries of two important developments in the trajectory of Caribbean music: in 1912 Lovey’s String Band traveled to New York City from Port of Spain, Trinidad and made the first instrumental recording designated as calypso; two years later, the first calypso record with vocals was recorded in Port of Spain by Julian Whiterose, for New York City based label Victor Records. So began the close, collaborative, musical relationship between Port of Spain and New York City. In observance of New York City’sRead More
On 2 Stellar Nights, Reggae Star Omari Banks Takes to the Stage of Moonsplash 2015 On 2 stellar nights under the starry sky of the beautiful island of Anguilla, reggae star Omari Banks took to the familiar welcoming stage of Moonsplash 2015 at The Dune Preserve. This year marked the 25th anniversary for the the longest running independent music festival in the Eastern Caribbean which has become a top showcase for vintage reggae acts and emerging talent. Omari first hit the Moonsplash stage as a young child alongside the festivalRead More
Grammy Award Winner & Certified Platinum Lady Saw Hit Single “Scamma” (Hot Steel Riddim) Digital Vibez Entertainment produced single “Scamma” performed by Grammy award winner Lady Saw is now available on all major digital platforms such as iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and Google Play among many others. The outspoken dancehall Queen who sings “Mi want a scamma man from mobay .Cah mi hear she dem money se a waymi woulda gi him my body every day cah mi know she money afi pay.” has received some scrutiny by several radio stationsRead More
“Supernatural” from Billboard Artist iakopo Releases on iTunes Along with Lyrics video “Supernatural”, the highly anticipated single from Billboard artist, iakopo, has officially released along with a visually appealing lyrics video. Although it’s simply a lyrics video, the teasing visuals follow a beautiful island girl romping around the beach, flowing with the mesmerizing melodies of “Supernatural”. Produced by Gramps Morgan (Morgan Heritage) under his DaDa Son label, “Supernatural” is iakopo’s first official release following his success in Japan with singles “Tonite” “Whatcha Say” and many more. After spending months inRead More