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Archive for January, 2011

Miss Calypso Speaks

Posted by Michael Eldridge on January 27, 2011

Maya Angelou

"Miss Calypso" reviewed in Billboard

"Miss Calypso" reviewed in Billboard, May 13, 1957

News from the blogosphere:  among fans of “Exotica” and students of the Calypso Craze, it’s well known that poet Maya Angelou’s early days as a dancer and lounge singer included a flirtation with calypso.  But it’s just as well known that the author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings hasn’t been especially keen to discuss that period of her career.  Until now, apparently.  Atlanta-based syndicated radio host Paul Leslie recently spoke with Angelou for his weekly Paul Leslie Hour, where the poet and memoirist obligingly held forth on (among other things) her start in calypso, her respect for the genre as a folk form, and her love of the music of Kitch, Lord Flea, and Irving Burgie.  Listen to a podcast of the program, “Calypso and Poetry: A Celebration of Maya Angelou” on Leslie’s weblog, and read a transcript of the interview here.


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