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Trinidad's Val Serrant sings "Land of Calypso"

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Published on May 17, 2011

Listen for Life ( http://www.listenforlife.org ) presents:

Val Serrant, a steel pan/traditional drummer from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, demonstrates a two-pitch steel drum (known as a "Dudup" or "Dub-Dub") and sings Roaring Lion's song "Trinidad is the Land of Calypso" (complete lyrics are included below).

Serrant frequently performs and teaches about Caribbean music in schools and is also a member of Afrika Heartbeat, founded by Sikiru Adepoju.

Serrant is also the External Relations Officer for the Parry's Pan School in Tacarigua, Trinidad.

A great friend of the late Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji and culture worker Constance Williams, Serrant believes in being a positive force for change in the community.

Be sure to see Val Serrant's eariler Trinidad percussion videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w797qr...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aii9J...

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Lyrics:

People are interested

To know where calypso originated

People are interested

To know where calypso originated


Some say it came from Cuba

Some said British Guyana

Some contend seriously

It was sung by Moses

Crossing the Red Sea


But ah told dem...

Chorus:

No, no, oh, no,

Trinidad is the land of Calypso

No, no, oh no,

Trinidad is the land of Calypso.

It was a serious contention

That was causing some real confusion

Some said it's Japanese

Or the folksong of ancient Chinese

A fellow said he is certain

Delilah used to sing calypso to Sampson

One said he heard when Nero

was burning Rome he sang calypso.

But ah told him...

No, no, oh, no

Trinidad is the Land of Calypso

Jump high, jump low

Trinidad is the Land of Calypso

Excitement reached such a tempo

When I said that the calypso

Is an ancient French ballad

That was adapted by Trinidad

A fellow said if you please, it was sung

By Espinosa and Socrates

And Hannibal sang a calypso

When crossing the Alps to meet Scipio...


No, no, oh, no

Trinidad is the Land of Calypso

Jump high, jump low

Trinidad is the Land of Calypso

One said that in India

They sung calypso when charming cobra

Another said that Elijah

Sang calypso in the chariot of fire

They argued with one another

Trying to find out the owner

They mention every country

All but the land of La Trinity

But ah told dem...

No, no, oh, no

Trinidad is the Land of Calypso

Jump high, jump low

Trinidad is the Land of Calypso.

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