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Definition of Style

Calypso is a popular song form with a rich history on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Distinguished by its lyrical content, which frequently focuses on social and political topics and satirical forms of protest, calypso is also a festival music that has roots in the kalinda, a colorful ceremonial duel between two opponents armed with heavy staffs. Calypso evolved partially from a tradition in which combatants are accompanied by an entourage that plays percussion instruments and sings.

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