Lost Files is a column dedicated to celebrating older projects that might have flown under the radar when they were released. This week, Oluchukwu Nwaibukwu brings back the calypso-themed compilation project released by Honest Jon's, Marvellous Boy.
In the 17th century, European slave traders started the importation of slaves from West Africa into the West Indies as they sought free labour on their sugar plantations. These slaves, stripped of their connections to native lands and roots, created calypso, a derivative of kaiso and canboulay music from their homeland. This genre of music became a source of strength and communication as well as a means of protest as they battled the scourge of enslavement in a land so far away from home.