Magazine article New Internationalist

London Is the Place for Me by Various Artists

Magazine article New Internationalist

London Is the Place for Me by Various Artists

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A quavering piano replicates the chimes of Big Ben and then, as if by some sleight of hand, the London fog parts and a small calypso band - far closer to the feel of Buena Vista Social Club than one might expect - swings into its first impressions of 1948 Britain.

`Simply magnificent,' pronounces Lord Kitchener (real name Aldwyn Roberts) fresh off the ship that brought the first migrants from the Caribbean, `Hampton Court is my residence.' If the music weren't so upbeat, the irony would shine through like a black sun.

Bringing together 20 now little-heard songs, this CD celebrates Trinidadian calypso's arrival in London in the 10 years or so after 1945. Over 50 years later, it's tempting to look back with rose-tinted glasses. …

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