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    A couple of decades ago, I was lucky enough to spend a couple days in Trinidad right before Carnival. What a scene it was! But the big thrill for me was being introduced to soca music – soul calypso. It sounds like a cross between calypso and Memphis-like horns, and it sounded great to me.

    I went to a show by the great David Rudder, who just blew me away. Brilliant musician – he seems to be almost Bob Marley level, which ain’t too shabby. I got a few of his albums and they have been favorites for a long time.

    When I saw this week’s theme, I doubted I could do justice to any Rudder song. I still don’t know if I have, but I gave Dus’ In Deh Face a shot – at least the first verse and a chorus. It uses Trinidad slang pretty heavily, and the story needs a little explanation too.

    As best I know, each year in Trinidad they have a steel drum orchestra competition called Panorama. (Steel drums are called pans down there.) This song is about one of those competitions, complete with band names, and the title refers to a boast by a band that the others will just be following behind them, with dust in their face.

    I have included the lyrics here. And if you don’t know David Rudder, you can get a taste of his great music here (https://youtu.be/vtIrAyvdQG8). This one is about a legendary pan man called The Hammer, and this live version has wonderful interaction with the audience.



    “Oh gorm!” Ah fella bawl out like Sprangalang
    “Oh gorm!” It was a man from a big steelband
    Shot call, ah fella stand up and start to cuss
    How come they give the first prize to Exodus?
    Well they come from the East and they play like they mad
    And they wheel and they tumble
    And when the dust done clear and the marks declare
    Big men start to grumble
    Even the Lord Kitchener start to make the manema
    He say “They can’t catch we so next year Panorama
    Tell them boys they have to beg for they supper”
    We coming, and it’s doye doye doye doye doye doye
    Doye doye doye doye doye Doye Aye!

    When we see we come down
    War declare in de town, is dus’ in deh face!
    Dus’ in deh face!
    Guns will be blasting for sure
    In this musical war – Dus’ in deh face!
    Dus’ in deh face!
    We lookin’ for a fight, it’s trouble tonight
    We feelin’ alright, it’s a panman’s war – yes me bruddah!
    We come out for war, to settle a score
    The tenors sawed off so it’s
    Booyaka booyaka Aye mama
    Dus’ in deh face! Dus’ in deh face!
    Dus’ in deh face! Dus’! Dus’! Dus’!

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    breaking the "alternating" pattern, 'cos i think skiffle is still a bit ahead, numbers-wise, compared to calypso? i was gonna say, this is to bump up the calypso count, but i've been reliably informed by a couple of people that my calypso is actually more reggae (insofar as it is anything at all!). however, i've never let a little thing like "getting it completely wrong" stop me, so here is whatever it is, to bump up the count of SOMETHING!

    "i like to play my ukulele (by the sea)"

    lynda

    get it on, bang a gong, get it on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzbanjorex View Post
    I found an old recording of this that was so cool.
    I read on Mudcat Cafe that Rolf Harris was inspired by Harry Belafonte's recording
    of this to write his famous "Tie Me Kangaroo Down"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rustyy View Post
    I'm a bit surprised this one hasn't surfaced earlier. No.1 in Oz for 3 weeks in 1957. Maybe I'm too old, or it wasn't popular elsewhere...
    I think the original was from Roaring Lion which was more about the Trinidad Carnival.
    It is well worth the listen for the musicianship and for comparison.

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