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Calypso music

Music genre
Typical instrumentsTrumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone, Spanish guitar, bass guitar, conga, bongos, steelpan, violin, bamboo sticks, glass bottle/spoon, claves, maracas, cuatro, concertina, jawbone
Mainstream popularityEarly to mid 20th century
SubgenresOratorical calypso  Extempo  Shouter calypso Benna
Subgenre listCalypso music hi
Fusion genresChutney  Chut-kai-pang  Rapso  Soca  Gospelypso  Cadence-lypso  Ska
Regional scenesAnguilla  Antigua and Barbuda  puerto rican calypso  Aruba  Barbados  Costa Rica  Grenada  Dominica  Saint Kitts and Nevis  Virgin Islands  Venezuela
Other topicsCarnival  Calypsonian  Calypso-like genres  Calypso tent  Picong  Shango  Obeah 

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Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago from African and European roots. The roots of the genre lay in the arrival of enslaved Africans, who, not being allowed to speak with each other, communicated through song. This forged a sense of community among the Africans, who saw their colonial masters change rapidly, bringing French, Spanish and British music styles to the island of Trinidad. The French brought Carnival to Trinidad, and calypso competitions at Carnival grew in popularity, especially after the abolition of slavery in 1834. While most authorities stress the African roots of calypso, in his 1986 book Calypso from France to Trinidad, 800 Years of History veteran calypsonian The Roaring Lion (Rafael de Leon) asserted that calypso descends from the music of the medieval French troubadours.

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