Tuesday 26th April, 2005


Calypso goes to Paris

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Calypso @ Dirty Jim’s 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.

An icon in the calypso art form Bomber.

For the premiere of the Calypso @ Dirty Jim’s 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 D’Hiver 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 Bomber’s 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 night’s news.

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 October.”

A documentary on the event is scheduled to be screened on May 1 on CCN-TV6, and a DVD will be released soon after.

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