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Thread #30431   Message #3707517
Posted By: Will Fly
08-May-15 - 10:05 AM
Thread Name: What's the difference between calypso and reggae?
Subject: RE: What's the difference between calypso and reggae?
I remember Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts), who came to the UK on the "Windrush" in the 1950s - also the English attempts at it by Lance Percival. If you compare Lord Kitchener's "Cricket, Lovely Cricket" to, say, Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry", for example, there are some obvious differences. His calypsos were topical, energetic, busy, up-tempo, etc., while Marley's reggae was very laid back, more arranged, slower, etc.

Just a crude comparison, to illustrate some basic differences.

I remember seeing that great guitarist (Dr.) Ernest Ranglin some years ago in Brighton - great mix of jazz and reggae and ska. (I believe he produced Milly's "My Boy Lollipop").