Various Artists

History of Carnival

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This disc in the Matchbox Calypso Series ranks among the best. Few others give as strong a sense of calypso's origins as Carnival music. It includes a wide variety of seasonal music for Christmas and Carnival and also contains many of the stickfighter songs that have been so influential in the development of calypso. Some of the songs are in French Creole (called Patois in Trinidad) and all are masterfully transcribed and annotated. It contains one of the most popular calypsos of all time, the first nationally recognized "road march" winner -- "Matilda," by King Radio (Norman Span) -- as well as Lord Beginner's "Christmas Morning Rum Had Me Yawning."