The Story of Ex­tempo and Ca­lypso at Ta­pas

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In the heart of Rod­ney Bay, well known for its de­li­cious treats, Ta­pas on the Bay has pre­pared yet an­other ex­cit­ing mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, this time in trib­ute to Lu­cian Car­ni­val. The Fri­day July 8th event dubbed “The Story of Ex­tempo and Ca­lypso” is an evening of live mu­sic de­signed to re­live var­i­ous as­pects of Ca­lypso his­tory. The evening be­gins at 7:30 pm and prom­ises to be time well spent in the com­pany of in­di­vid­u­als all well known for their ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to the art form. Come ex­pe­ri­ence Ex­tempo per­for­mances by for­mi­da­ble en­ter­tainer and Ex­tempo Monarch Gil­roy “Ezi” Hall and vet­eran Ca­lypso and Soca Monarch Ig­natius “In­vader” Tisin along­side Gene Lawrence whose riv­et­ing one-man shows give in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences a unique per­spec­tive of the ori­gins of Ca­lypso.

Orig­i­nat­ing from Trinidad and Tobago, in­tended to give lis­ten­ers some­thing to think about while en­joy­ing a good dance, Ca­lypso mu­sic has be­come a sta­ple in our Saint Lu­cian cul­tural diet. Dur­ing our an­nual Car­ni­val cel­e­bra­tions, po­lit­i­cal scan­dals, na­tion­wide gos­sip, sto­ries or trendy crazes get their five sec­onds of Ca­lypso fame, some even wor­thy of their own 10 minute stage pre­sen­ta­tion.

Ex­tempo con­sists of a free-style im­pro­vi­sa­tion in song or in rhyth­mic di­a­logue on a given theme be­fore an au­di­ence who them­selves some­times take turns to per­form. It is nat­u­rally com­pet­i­tive as its spon­ta­neous re­sponses are judged by its cre­atively de­vised and com­i­cal stag­ing. Char­ac­terised ei­ther by the “sin­gle tone” com­posed of four-line stan­zas or by the “dou­ble tone” com­posed of eight-line stan­zas, there are four ba­sic melodies with “San­ti­man­i­tay” be­ing the most widely used.

Both Ca­lypso and Ex­tempo are an in­te­gral part of Car­ni­val, and Ta­pas is throw­ing the spot­light on th­ese art forms.

The event will cater to per­sons who want to en­joy a good evening of qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment with friends and fam­ily. Pa­trons can choose from a se­lec­tion of wines and cock­tails with the op­tion of fin­ger-lick­ing Ta­pas food plat­ters. Those wish­ing to have din­ner are en­cour­aged to call Ta­pas to make their reser­va­tions.

Also check out 2Nite Mag­a­zine where mod­els from Leg­ends Car­ni­val Band’s por­trayal “The Sover­iegn” help bring the Ta­pas Car­ni­val Story alive.

For­mer Ex­tempo, Road March, Ca­lypso and Soca Monarch De In­vader.

Mu­si­cian Gene Lawrence.

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