Music &Culture. Where are we?. Trinidad is located in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela It shares land with its neighbor Tobago These two countries are often called twins because of there simular cultures and geographical friendship. Background.
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Where are we?
Trinidad is located in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela
It shares land with its neighbor Tobago
These two countries are often called twins because of there simular cultures and geographical friendship
Three main genres of music:
-Over 100 years old
-Largest musical genre in Trinidad throughout it’s history
-A classic African derived style
-Has a strong international presence
-Found it’s roots in the Carnival celebration in the 19th Century, however the crowds gathered at Calypso Carnival tents are usually older musicians and fans
-Many singers and composers came out of this genre including; Harry Belafonte, Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener
-Performances can last up to 4 hours!
While listening to this Calypso piece, pretend you are on a Caribbean Island and move your body to the music!
Activity: Active Listening “Who Let the Dogs Out” and “Feelin Hot, Hot, hot”
Developed from Calypso
Has a very rhythmic Latin beat and is associated with strong rhythmic dancing and drumming
Draws young crowds and is often heard in Carnival celebrations
Leading artists include; MachelMontano, Destra Garcia and ShurwayneWinchester
Popular pieces have become international such as the famous; “Who Let the Dogs Out”, and “Feelin Hot HotHot”
“Who let the dogs out”
“Feelin Hot, Hot, Hot”
-Developed from mixing rap beats with those of Calypso and Soca
-Has developed into its own form with its own artists and has taken on a culture of its own.
--Includes a blend of street poetry from both Trinidad and Tobago
-This genre of music devopled as a way of picketing during political unrest in the 1970’s during the Black Power Movement and pro- African Sentiment
-Rapso artists include; Cheryl Byron, and Lancelot Layne
Active Listening: Reflect on how this example is different from other examples of Trinidad music we have heard.
Engages and Active Listening:
-One of Trinidad’s greatest achievements was the invention of the steel pan of steel drum (names are used somewhat interchangeably)!
-Steel bands of over 150 members gather to compete in Panorama, a competition at the annual Carnival Festival.
-Steel pans are individually pitched to cover different parts, soprano, alto, tenor, or bass.
-Steel drum music is extremely versatile and can play anything from Calypso to Classical music
-Steel drumming had developed over decades originally started using dented oil drums
-Since its start, the steel drum has been an important asset to almost all the music in Trinidad
Traditional music often gets overlooked when learning about Trinidad Culture, however there are quite a few children’s songs sung at celebrations, in schools, or at bedtime!
Traditional Songs of Trinidad
Dodo Petit Popo: Lullaby