The Story of Extempo and Calypso at Tapas

In the heart of Rodney Bay, well known for its delicious treats, Tapas on the Bay has prepared yet another exciting musical experience, this time in tribute to Lucian Carnival. The Friday July 8th event dubbed “The Story of Extempo and Calypso” is an evening of live music designed to relive various aspects of Calypso history. The evening begins at 7:30 pm and promises to be time well spent in the company of individuals all well known for their exceptional contribution to the art form. Come experience Extempo performances by formidable entertainer and Extempo Monarch Gilroy “Ezi” Hall and veteran Calypso and Soca Monarch Ignatius “Invader” Tisin alongside Gene Lawrence whose riveting one-man shows give international audiences a unique perspective of the origins of Calypso.

Originating from Trinidad and Tobago, intended to give listeners something to think about while enjoying a good dance, Calypso music has become a staple in our Saint Lucian cultural diet. During our annual Carnival celebrations, political scandals, nationwide gossip, stories or trendy crazes get their five seconds of Calypso fame, some even worthy of their own 10 minute stage presentation.

(Left) Former Extempo, Road March, Calypso and Soca Monarch De Invader. (Right) Musician Gene Lawrence.

(Left) Former Extempo, Road March, Calypso and Soca Monarch De Invader. (Right) Musician Gene Lawrence.

Extempo consists of a free-style improvisation in song or in rhythmic dialogue on a given theme before an audience who themselves sometimes take turns to perform. It is naturally competitive as its spontaneous responses are judged by its creatively devised and comical staging. Characterised either by the “single tone” composed of four-line stanzas or by the “double tone” composed of eight-line stanzas, there are four basic melodies with “Santimanitay” being the most widely used.

Both Calypso and Extempo are an integral part of Carnival, and Tapas is throwing the spotlight on these art forms.

The event will cater to persons who want to enjoy a good evening of quality entertainment with friends and family. Patrons can choose from a selection of wines and cocktails with the option of finger-licking Tapas food platters. Those wishing to have dinner are encouraged to call Tapas to make their reservations.

Also check out 2Nite Magazine where models from Legends Carnival Band’s portrayal “The Soveriegn” help bring the Tapas Carnival Story alive.

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