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Dominican singer-songwriter discusses the origin of calypso
Published on January 2, 2015 Email To Friend    Print Version

ROSEAU, Dominica -- From the sugar cane plantations to the Caribbean, calypso came and has never left. The slaves, brought to toil on sugar plantations, would use calypso to mock the slave masters and to communicate with each other.

Singer and songwriter Pat Aaron
Pat Aaron, a Dominican singer-songwriter says “that was the slaves’ way to relieve themselves from the frustration of slavery, in a way that the masters did not understand what they were saying.”

He believes that this is an indication that calypso came from Africa, since slaves and our forefathers came from Africa.

Many early calypsos were sung in French Creole by an individual called Griot. As calypso developed, the role of Griot became known as a calypsonian.

The French brought carnival to Trinidad, and calypso competitions at carnival grew in popularity, especially after the abolition of slavery in 1834.

Aaron stated, “Calypso has more or less maintained its cause and its root because, as times change, the face of the master or the down presser changes. In this time, the oppressors in our society are usually governments, usually bad governments, which are very prevalent now in the Caribbean, particularly in Dominica.”

He asserted that it is very important that calypso remains the way it began, standing as the opposition against wrongdoing, corruption, and all social ills.

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