Calypso is a certain style of music which
had incorporated into it rhythms that are typical of African music. This
type of music is played during Carnival by Calypsonians, singers, how have
prepared for the event all seaon long. These songs poke fun at anything
and anyone, from politics to gossip and on occassions some controversial
topics. During the time when Trinidad was under colonial rule, slaves too
would use this as a way to have their voices heard. When the slaves would
sing these songs they would make fun of their masters, the condition that
they were in, and at any other political figure in society because they
knew that they wouldn't be persecuted for it. After the Christmas holidays,
Calypso music can be heard any and everywhere, from house to house, cornerstore
to pub and clubs. The Carnival fever sweeps the nation and each Calypsonians'
goal is to win popularity of the people with their songs because during
Carnival there is an event where they compete for the title of Monarch for
the rest of the year. In this even each Calypsonian performs his/her songs
and competes against last year's champion.