@ Dirty Jims Review poster.
Calypso Queen of the World Calypso Rose performs
a song with Calypso King of the World Sparrow.
National award recipient the Mighty Terror.
icon in the calypso art form Bomber.
the premiere of the Calypso @ Dirty Jims show in Paris,
a strong local contingent of 17 travelled to Paris via London,
including artistes Sparrow, Calypso Rose, Bomber, Relator,
Brother Superior and musicians of the Dirty Jim Orchestra,
inclusive of Ralph Davies (piano); Anthony Voisin (guitar);
Harold Richards (double bass); Hayden Robin (trumpet); Godfrey
Greenidge (alto); Charles Ross (tenor); Wayne Dopson (cuatro);
and, back-up vocalists Candice Antoine and Djamilah.
The show took place at the prestigious Cirque DHiver
in Paris on April 13, as part of the Blue Note Festival,
a Jazz/World Festival with artistes from the prestigious
American Blue Note Label.
The venue was packed to full capacity including a few Trinis,
some young rap artists, and a lot of VIPs. It was a total
success from the beginning. There was a high-energy performance
from Calypso Rose who brought on stage some of the audience
wining and dancing to our music, while Bombers
Doctor Kitch and Sparrow with Memories got standing ovations.
Relator and Superior energised the audience with some brilliant
extempore and unplugged tracks.
The international media were also there, including television
stations France (France 2); Italy (RAI); RFO; BBC Caribbean
and BBC World, RFO, Radio Nova and RTL (France), RTL (Italy)
radio stations; and, press/magazines like Liberation, Figaro
and La Republica of Italy; Vanity Fair; and, a few widely
read German magazines. The show got a long review on the
main French TV station (France 2) on Saturday nights
Show producer Jean Michel said this production will be established
in Europe, starting with France, Italy and Germany, especially
after the overwhelming media support it received. He said:
The impact and possible outcomes are too numerous
to mention but we can mention a No. 10 position on the Italian
DJ charts for Shame and Scandal; shows in New York, Martinique,
Guadeloupe and Brussels in June; and, a tour in Europe in
A documentary on the event is scheduled to be screened on
May 1 on CCN-TV6, and a DVD will be released soon after.