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Intimidation of Calypsonians by the UNC Gov't of Trinidad & Tobago

Lynette M. Lashley


The calypso is one of the indigenous music forms of Trinidad and Tobago. This art form originated from among the talented, dispossessed African males of the society, similar to the art forms of reggae and rap. Among the many functions of the calypso, it has played the role of unofficial political activist and communicator for the masses of the society. Its lyrics can disseminate such significant messages to the population of Trinidad and Tobago that people have come not only to listen to them purely for entertainment, but also for their instrumental value. They listen with the expectation of receiving messages from the calypso about political, governmental and other topics, to which they could relate.

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ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics and Consciousness. ISSN: 1543-0855 (online).
Editor: Dr. Sonjah Nadine Stanley-Niaah.

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