Flabbergasted Focus #2: Vintage soca and calypso

Just in time for Notting Hill carnival.  I’ve only been in London at the same time as that famous celebration once.  I caught some of the steel band showcase  with a good friend on the Friday before the real festivities get underway, and then it proceeded to rain all weekend, and I found myself doing other things.  I keep hearing it’s not the same as it used to be, but I hope to make it back someday anyway.  There’s a lot of history in that celebration.  In the meantime, I made this mix for our mutual edification.  I do hope you enjoy it in good health.

Tracklist

Ray Silvester and his Orchestra – Funk Calypso

Maestro – Reveller

Beckett – Oppression

Duke – Is It Groovy Now?

Singing Francine – She

Sparrow – Play You Mas

Shadow – Carnival Is Fete

Crazy – Back To Pan

Lord Kitchener – Dog Bite You (1978)

Lord Kitchener – Body Argument  (1965)

Ben Bowers & Bertie King’s Royal Jamaicans – Man Smart, Woman Smarter

Ray Silvester and his Orchestra – Statue

Sparrow – What Is Life

Penguin – Finger

Ed Watson – Love Is Not For Sale

Mighty Power – London Soca

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks, love the mix. Is there a track list please. Thanks.

    • Indeed, meant to add it a few days after the post, as is my custom — I like to SURPRISE first listeners. But I think the number of plays of this mix is barely out of the single digits, so please share with your friends. Tracklist being added as we speak.

  2. Thank you. Can I share it on a Caribbean blog?

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