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Tuesday 28 December 2010

Calypso Corner

Here are three variations on yer actual calypso sound. First up we have an early piece of what was to become soca from Lord Shorty, although at that stage it was really still an attempt to add disco to calypso. Then we have a Nigerian calypso from Mr Bola Johnson, celebrating the fact that Nigeria had shaken off the old colonial shackles by changing the law to require driving on the right not the left. And finally we have, er, Bob Mitchum.

"Sweet Music" - Lord Shorty (1976)

"Nigeria Drive On The Right" - Bola Johnson (date unknown - 1960s?)

"Mama Looka Boo Boo" - Robert Mitchum (1957)

It's not just Mr Mitchum. All sorts have had a go, with varying degrees of success.

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