Satire and Social Commentary in the West Indies
For decades, calypso music has dominated the Caribbean. The artists who performed this invigorating music have become heroes to the people from the islands in the West Indies, resulting in them adopting colorful regal names, like Lord Melody and the Duke of Iron. The humorous and wry music they performed commented on subjects such as King Edward VIII's abdication from the throne, domestic roles of men and women, and even Bing Crosby himself. This intoxicating hour features vintage 78 rpm recordings by the greats of calypso's history, from Sam Manning and Wilmoth Houdini to contemporary stars like Harry Belafonte and Shango. Original calypso recordings and a PowerPoint presentation fill in the blanks.