Party rhythms combined with a sharp tongue: Calypso Rose from Tobago embodies calypso like hardly anyone else. She has been in the business for over fifty years, with more than 800 songs, 20 albums, and countless concerts around the world. Classics like Fire in Me Wire, Give Me More Tempo, and Come Leh We Jam spread her music far beyond the Caribbean. In the 1970s, she advanced to become the unchallenged Calypso Queen, winning the title five times in a row. In 1978, she sang her way to the top of the Calypso King competition, which was then renamed Calypso Monarch in her honor. On stage and off, she deals with her difficult position as a woman in competition with her usually male fellow performers in Trinidad’s calypso tents and works as an activist for women’s rights and the socially disadvantaged. Her latest album was released in the summer of 2016, featuring Manu Chao on vocals and charango.
Caribbean country?! The island St. Lucia is a Caribbean paradise right out of a picture book, not far from Jamaica. But its residents listen not to Bob Marley or Jimmy Cliff, but rather love the heroes of classical cowboy music: George Jones, Merle Haggard or Jim Reeves. L.M. Stone is “country and Western king of St. Lucia” and a legend on the island. With a cowboy hat and a velvety voice clear as a bell that sounds as if he grew up in southern Nashville, he even won the country music competition at Tennessee’s Wild Horse Saloon. For a square dance under the palms, he sings of tragic fates and broken hearts, with the occasional outburst of “Yeehaw!” thrown in for good measure. .