Sweet Jamaica

People moving to England since 1948 have brought new kinds of music to the country. Now that we can listen to music from all over the world, it's hard to imagine what music in Britain was like before 1948. There were no steel pans, no reggae, hip hop, rap or bhangra then - all of them have come from migrant groups arriving in Britain in the last 60 years. This music has sometimes mixed with different rhythms to create new forms of music called 'fusion'. 
Calypso was one of the first music styles to arrive in Britain from Trinidad in the Caribbean in the 1950s. It was a very important way for the first Caribbean migrants to Britain to express their feelings when no one else would listen.

Here is a calypso song, written in 1952.
Does it tell us anything about what it was like to live in Britain then? 
What message does it share with the audience?

Click the title above to listen!

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