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Political bickering threatening Dominica’s calypso

A cultural activist who has been involved in the calypso industry in Dominica for over twenty years has identified the infiltration of partisan politics in the art form as a major threat.

Alex Bruno, who has also served on the executive of the Dominica Calypso Association for ten years, said in an interview with Dominica Vibes that calypso is getting its “fair share” of political infiltration.

“I’m not going to accuse any side; red, green, blue, yellow or pink, but it would take a blind man or woman not to see that the party politics bickering is finding its way in calypso…I’m not sure where it is coming from but it’s coming and it’s there”.

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Calypso History

In the sixties, calypso and steelband music became very popular and indeed replaced lapo kabwit and chanté mas as the music of carnival, particularly in the capital Roseau. Many of the traditional songs were performed in the new calypso beat. Calypsonians and calypso monarch competitions emerged and became extremely popular. Steelbands emerged all around the country. Read More »Calypso History