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Friday 19 June 2009

The Sugar Lords

Heading East from Aruba we arrive at Trinidad, home of calypso. Today we feature two of the greatest ever calypsonians, both discoursing on a similar theme: Lord Kitchener with “Sugar Bum Bum” and Lord Melody with “Sugar Jam”

As much as I enjoy the grooviness of these tunes, I find the titles troubling. As a Type 2 diabetic I have to avoid sugar jam like the plague. And I was once laid low with a violent bout of Sugar Bum Bum.

In “Sugar Bum Bum”, Lord Kitchener actively encourages his friend Audrey to shake her “fat behind”. Others would be less enthusiastic. Joe Tex for example:

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