Calypso

The best way to transmit news in the Caribbean used to be with a song.

Philip Nanton looks at the elegant and amusing calypsos which vividly told of topical events.

It was a tradition that came from praise singers - the court jesters of Africa.

But is news too important to be messed about with by musical tricksters?

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The best way to transmit news in the Caribbean used to be with a song.

Philip Nanton looks at the elegant and amusing calypsos which vividly told of topical events.

It was a tradition that came from praise singers - the court jesters of Africa.

But is news too important to be messed about with by musical tricksters?