When the Empire Windrush, an old troop-carrier, arrived at Tilbury on June 21, 1948, and inaugurated modern Caribbean immigration to Britain, it also supplied calypso with its best-known image — on Pathe newsreel, Lord Kitchener singing his new composition London Is The Place For Me.
Kitch had boarded with Lord Beginner at Kingston docks, Jamaica, on Empire Day, May 24. In London they joined a milieu of fine band musicians familiar with Caribbean musical forms, and already represented on numerous recordings crucial to the development of British swing and jazz music.
Travelling with their own core audience, the Trinidadian calypsonians brought with them the vocal music of Carnival. Traditionally this ranges from social satire to sexual double-entendre, from voodoo to the most pressing issues of the day, from sporting events to competitive insult. The experiences of Britain’s growing Caribbean population were to be fabulously rich in raw material.
The release comes in gatefold sleeve & full-size booklet containing rare pics and in-depth info.
Lord Kitchener - London Is The Place For Me
Young Tiger - I Was There (At The Coronation)
Lord Beginner - Mix Up Matrimony
Lord Kitchener - My Landlady
Lord Kitchener - Kitch's Bebop Calypso
Lord Beginner - Victory Test Match
Lord Kitchener - Birth Of Ghana
Lord Invader - Aguiti
Lord Beginner - Jamaica Hurricane
Lord Kitchener - Kitch in The Jungle
Mighty Terror - No Carnival In Britain
Lord Kitchener - The Underground Train
Lord Beginner - Housewives
The Lion - Some Girl Something
Lord Kitchener - Saxophone Number 2
Lord Beginner - Fed-A-Ray
Timothy - Bulldog Don't Bite Me
The Lion - Spanish Calypso
Lord Kitchener - If You're Not White You're Black
Lord Kitchener - Sweet Jamaica
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