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W. Indian folk dance, but better known in its sung form. Began among slaves on plantations. Forbidden to talk, they chanted news and opinions to a tom‐tom rhythm, using a patois. Today, especially in Trinidad, is used as a way of commenting on politics, scandal, and sport. Among best‐known examples are the cricket calypsos, such as ‘Cricket, lovely cricket’.

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