Smallie Appreciation Thread

the smallie that was pro CARICOM and helped the biggie island when they were reeling after a hurricane disaster. he took money from the smallie coffers to fill the biggie coffers

 
the smallie who redefined what it means to be a Caribbean female superstar, her career runs circles around every biggie female artist, chin included

 

Socapro

Repect Our Soca Pioneers
If someone asked a trini about roti, that trini would explain roti and immediately follow with its better that jerk chicken or something. Ask them about their football team, and they would follow up with their team is better than the reggaeboyz. They just can't help it, it's so sad.
Talking of football T&T just won the CFU Caribbean Football Championships for both the Senior Women and the Men's U-20 for 2014.

We also hold the most number of Senior Men's Football titles in the Caribbean region and are still the smallest country in the world size wise and population wise to ever qualify for a Men's Senior World Cup.
 

Socapro

Repect Our Soca Pioneers
T&T were also the first Caribbean country to make a mono recording of our native music genre in 1912 and were also the first Caribbean island to record our native music in stereo in the early 1930's soon after stereo recording technology was introduced.
 

A.K.K.S.

New member
T&T were also the first Caribbean country to make a mono recording of our native music genre in 1912 and were also the first Caribbean island to record our native music in stereo in the early 1930's soon after stereo recording technology was introduced.
Are there any early recordings on youtube?
 
yep also trinidad calypso was very popular across the region and parts of the world and the biggie king, Bob Marley was a fan of calypso
 

Socapro

Repect Our Soca Pioneers
Are there any early recordings on youtube?
Lovey's String Band 1912
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The first Instrumental recording from Trinidad and Tobago occurred in 1912 when Trinidadian band led by Lovey (George Bailey) travelled to New York to record for both Columbia & Victor records.
The band's first recording was 'Mango Vert'.

Roaring Lion - Charming Trinidad (1930's stereo recording)
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Roaring Lion alongside Atilla The Hun were two of the first calysonians to make stereo recordings in the 1930's just after stereo recording technology was introduced. Lion also pioneered the "Leggo" calypso for Carnival on the road and won four Road Marches in a row between 1935 and 1938. Roaring Lion and Atilla The Hun influenced Lord Kitchener and most of the other top Calypsonians to emerge in the 30's, 40's & 50's.

Roaring Lion - Ugly Woman (1934 early stereo recording)
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If you want to be happy and live a king's life, never make a pretty woman your wife! Words of wisdom from the Roaring Lion! Excellent original version from 1934 recorded in stereo. Enjoy!

Atilla The Hun - History of Carnival (1930's stereo recording)
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Atilla The Hun was also one of the the first Calypsonians if not the first Calypsonian who was not of African descent and from an upper-class background to sing Calypso which helped to attract the upper-classes who had the spending power to the Victory Calypso Tent which he jointly opened together with the Roaring Lion in the 1930's.
 

Namey Namey

Registered User
This is wonderful, Georgeflash created a great thread and I hope this will help your frustration of feeling not appreciated.

On a side note, notice how this forum is Jumping when Jamaicans are involved
 

Socapro

Repect Our Soca Pioneers
Roaring lion is the grandfather of Alfonso Riberio (Carlton Banks) anyone see a resemblance maybe?
Yeah, there is a bit of a resemblance in my opinion.

Roaring Lion 04.jpg Carlton Banks 01.jpg

Here is an Interview with Calypso pioneer Roaring Lion outlining many of the things that he was first to do as a Caribbean and Calypso artist.

ROARING LION "Interview" (1993)
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ROARING LION - BIOGRAPHY
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REAL NAME: Rafael De Leon (aka Hubert Raphael Charles)
DATE OF BIRTH: February 22, 1908
PLACE OF BIRTH: Caura, Trinidad

CAREER: Born to an unmarried mother, Lion spent some of his early years in two orphanages before he moved to San Fernando after taking a job at the sugar mill in Usine St. Madeline. He began his singing career in 1927 in Port-of-Spain appearing at the Railway Douglas tent. He was one of a few calypsonians of his era who had musical training and played the clarinet.

In the early-1930s, he joined forces with Atilla The Hun (Raymond Quevedo) in opening their own tent called The Victory. In 1933, he and Atilla The Hun were sent by local merchant Eduardo Sa Gomes to New York, USA, to record calypsoes. In 1940, Lion appeared at the Maginot Line Calypso Tent and, in 1942, moved over to the Victory Tent. In 1947, he switched to the Original Old Brigade Tent and then left for England in 1951 to perform at the Festival of Great Britain.

After returning to Trinidad in 1963 along with Kitchener, Lion performed at the Calypso Revue in 1964 and appeared at the Professionals Tent in 1976; he stopped performing at Calypso Tents by the end of the 1970s.
From late-1981 to 1982, he wrote a weekly calypso column for the local newspaper, Evening News, and, in 1985, performed a calypso greeting for Pope John Paul II on his visit to Trinidad. In 1986, his book "Calypso from France to Trinidad, 800 Years of History" was published. Calypsoes composed and sung by Roaring Lion that were later sung by the popular American singer Harry Belafonte were "Mary Ann," "We Come From The Glory," "Tic Tic Tic," "Man Centipede," and "Ugly Woman." His other calypso classics include:

1926 - Shango Cult; Send Your Children to The Orphan Home
1932 - Shango
1933 - Soucouyant
1934 - Ugly Woman; Fall of Man; Wanga; Where Is Jonah Gone? (with Atilla the Hun)
1935 - Dingolay Oh
1936 - Advantage Mussolini; Ask No Question
1937 - Netty, Netty; Sally Sally Water
1938 - Guests of Rudy Vallee (with Atilla The Hun); No Nora Darling
1940 - Poland, Poland; Mr. Neville Chamberlain; The Rise of The British Empire
1941 - Whoopsin
1942 - Olga and The Catfish
1943 - The Governor Say No Mas
1944 - The Soldiers and The Mopsies of Pam Palam
1945 - Turn Around Girl; Royal Carnival; Dorothy Went To Bathe; Mary Ann
1946 - Intermediate Sex; Cavalcade of Songs
1947 - Little Mary Has No Lamb; Deleon; Shouterism
1948 - The Lost Watch
1949 - Chanka Maharaj's Election; My Experiences as A Soldier
1950 - The English Language
1969 - Side; If
1971 - Tribute to George Bailey; Children's Games
1972 - Formula for Nationhood; Trinidad Carnival
1976 - Hopney Rice

Roaring Lion was also the first Calypsonian in T&T and the world to win four Road March titles in a row which he did between 1935 and 1938 with the Calypso Leggos below and coined the popular phrase "Dingolay" with his first road march hit in 1935:

1935 T&T Road March "Dingolay Oh"
1936 T&T Road March "Advantage Could Never Done"
1937 T&T Road March "Netty Netty"
1938 T&T Road March "No Norah Darling"
 

Vye Negre

New member
Despite the devisive undertones... this is a positive and educational thread. I wish you guys would just focus on the info and keep it positive. Anyway...

A lot of pics posted here, a lot of whom I have no idea who they are... Swagga some more details please about them if you don't mind.
 
Despite the devisive undertones... this is a positive and educational thread. I wish you guys would just focus on the info and keep it positive. Anyway...

A lot of pics posted here, a lot of whom I have no idea who they are... Swagga some more details please about them if you don't mind.
Ok I will clean this up later
 

Moqueca

Registered User
Jamaica is te small island

Great Britain: 80,823 square miles
Jamaica: 4,244 square miles
And ... population wise:
Great Britain: 58,845,700
Jamaica: 2,651,000
 
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