Trinidad Rio

Raw Kaiso, Vol. 2: Live in Concert in Port of Spain

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This live concert from the Port of Spain has a lot of charm, but it's a little too raw for its own good. Brigo's vocals have seen better days, but he is clearly still a fine showman, even on record. His band creates an updated, electric calypso (or kaiso) that is quite similar to juju, soukous and other African pop forms. Brigo, while a younger performer, is oddly the weaker singer. He strains for higher notes and relies on background singers to fill in some gaps. In all, the set leaves something to be desired.

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