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Carnival Music from Trinidad and Tobago

World music critic Milo Miles says that some of the first recorded black music in the United States was calypso, despite the fact that that the style originated in the Caribbean. Calypso, most often performed during Carnival, was known for being extremely topical -- performers were expected to improvise songs on the spot about current events.


Other segments from the episode on July 27, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 27, 1990: Interview with Nicholas Cage; Commentary on calypso music; Interview with Bruno Kirby; Review of the home video release of the film "Harvey."


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