MUSIC FROM TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
This is the year where the first calypsoes were recorded (in the US).
The form became a means of communicating and interpreting political events, and a primary news source for many islanders.
The technical start of radio broadcasting. The oldest radio station is Radio Trinidad. It began broadcasting in 1947
The first commercial calypso tent in Port of Spain.
The first calypsoes have been recorded in Trinidad, arranged by American record companies.
The first female to sing in a calypso tent was Lady Trinidad, at the “Crystal Palace Tent”, Port of Spain.
The innovation of steel pan music, initially consisting of frying pans, dustbin lids, and oil drums emerged in 1937.
Steel bands kept rising in the communities and often taking their names from movies like Casablanca, Tokyo, and Desperadoes.
The Growling Tiger became the first official Calypso King. The competition name changed to „Calypso Monarch“ in the 70s.
Although Carnival was suspended from 1942 to 1945 during World War II, the calypso tents were kept open.
There were US bases in T&T with 135 000 Americans stationed on the island, being regularly entertained by Calypsonians with bands.
Records from Indian movies are getting introduced and will inspire a lot of musicians for Chutney and later Chutney Soca.
For the very first time, the steel pan was played in a foreign country at the Festival of Britain.
The US American Movie „Affair in Trinidad“ features calypsonians and steel pan interestingly.
The title is given to the most performed song on Carnival since the 1880s.
The US-Singer earns world fame with music from Trinidad & Tobago.
Trini-born Rawlston Charles opens doors to internationals with his record shop and label.
Beginning of the Panorama Steel Band Competition annually held until today.
TTT has been the state-owned television broadcaster and the only television operator for over thirty years from 1962 to 1991.
The Chutney Singer is making waves and fascinates especially East Indian crowds.
The local talent show for musicians, singers, and dancers is showcasing the Indian heritage on local TV.
Musicians started to fuse soca and calypso with jazz, funk and soul.
Lancelot Layne recorded the first rapso hit. He opened doors for other musicians
Calypsonian Roaring Lion contributes his song as the title song for the British TV Series „Love thy Neighbour“
Bands like Wild Fire and Embryo arise and artists like Mavis John and Carol Addison brought the groove.
Calypso Rose becomes the first woman to win Calypso Monarch.
The music genre evolves to a vibrant rhythm of the nation.
Machel Montano had his first performance at Dimanche Gras with only 7 years of age.
With international encouragement, Brother Resistance and others established National Rapso Day.
Steel Pan was officially declared as national instrument.
The annual Soca Monarch celebration started and the first winner.
Chris Garcia describes cultural differences in Trinidad & Tobago and releases a music video to it.
Soca music becomes the most important source of income during Carnival.
T & T declares the month of October officially as Calypso History Month.
For her album „Far From Home“ the Tobago-born Calypso Rose is receiving the French Grammy.
The first electric steel pan was invented by Salmon Cupid, a Trinidadian based in Canada.
The Chutney Soca singer is getting honored with a statue in Penal, South Trinidad.
The fictional story of ‚Bazodee‘ is launched in cinemas in Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and Canada.
Soca artist Olatunji made it to X-Factor the popular British TV talent show.
The calypso drama „Sing de Corous“ by Rawle Gibbons celebrates success after the first show in 1991.
The ‚Uber Soca Cruise‘ is now officially the largest Music Festival on the sea.
Memorable Virtual Concert with numerous icons to honor Calypso.
Launch of TT Music Library
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