Portal:Music of Trinidad and Tobago

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The music of Trinidad and Tobago has reflected the diverse influences. Calypso music and steelpan is what Trinidad and Tobago is best known for, including internationally in the 1950s through artists like Lord Kitchener and Mighty Sparrow; the art form was most popularised at that time by Harry Belafonte. Along with folk songs and African and Indian-based classical forms, cross-cultural interactions have produced other indigenous forms of music including soca, rapso, chutney, and other derivative and fusion styles. There are also local communities which practise and experiment with international classical and pop music, often fusing them with local steelpan instruments.

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Soca is a style of music from Trinidad and Tobago. Soca is a musical development of traditional Trinidadian calypso, through loans from the 1960s onwards from predominantly black popular music in the United States and Caribbean – (soul, funk, disco, electric blues, hip hop and rap, and zouk from the French Caribbean islands of Martinique & Guadeloupe, as well as reggae (specifically from deejaying, known as toasting in Jamaica in the 1970s), and the more melodic form of modern Jamaican dancehall. Strong elements are also taken from the rhythms of chutney music, which is popular music originated in Trinidad and Tobago's large minority Asian Indians (around 40% of the total population). Soca was originally nothing more complicated than a combination of the melodic and rhythmic lilting sound of calypso and insistent cadence percussion (which is often electronic in recent music), and the East Indian rhythms of chutney music.

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Aldwyn Roberts (18 April 1922 – 11 February 2000), better known by the stage name Lord Kitchener (or "Kitch"), was one of the most internationally famous Calypsonian. He was the son of a blacksmith, Stephen, and homemaker, Albertha. Lord Kitchener won the road march competition ten times between 1965 and 1976, more times than any other calypsonian.

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Forged from the Love of Liberty is the national anthem of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Originally composed as the national anthem for the short-lived West Indies Federation (1958-1962), this song was adopted by Trinidad and Tobago when it became independent in 1962. Patrick Castagne created the National Anthem.

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Global is an album by Trinidadian Ragga Soca artist Bunji Garlin released in 2007 by VP Records. The album is Garlin's first that he aimed at international audiences, with previous releases aimed only at the West Indies, and he explained "In order for the genre to grow, we have to put out music that people throughout all of the islands can feel, not just for Trinidad". Allmusic's Rick Anderson called it "very nice overall", commenting that Garlin's vocals were "straight out of the dancehall -- more rapid-fire declamation than melodic calypso crooning".

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