Calypso Music Month: 5 Songs That’ll Make You Take a Second Listen
Calypso music has often been replicated and watered down, and it’s likely that the Calypsoes that you may have been exposed to weren’t as true to the genre as they should be; to get the raw, unfiltered goodness of this style of music, one has to go back to the days of the Calypso giants, many of whom came out of the Caribbean and, particularly, Trinidad and Tobago.
Calypso itself has several sub-genres, one of which is double entendre; a sub- genre in which lyrics that mean one thing (usually provocative or raunchy) are cleverly disguised as something else.
For your listening pleasure, check out five popular double entendre Calypsoes below.
The Mighty Sparrow -The Lizard
This is a tongue-in-cheek tale told in song about a school teacher and a curious “lizard.”
The Roaring Lion -Nora
A sleepy Raphael De Leon (better known as ‘The Roaring Lion’) pleads with an over-enthusiastic live-in girlfriend to let him sleep throughout the night.
Lord Shorty – The Art of Making Love
The Godfather of Soca himself teaches Lovemaking 101 in this raunchy number.
Lord Kitchener – Sugar Bum Bum
The legendary ‘Audrey’ has praises heaped upon her by Lord Kitchener for her “ASS-ets.”
The Mighty Spoiler – Bedbug
The man known as ‘The Mighty Spoiler’ seemed to have a preference for thick women, and he expresses his affection for them in this ditty.
By: Danielle Dixon
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