Album Review

Angelou, Maya – “Miss Calypso” – [Scamp]

aarbor   2/23/2022   CD, International

A reissue of the 1957 recording by 27 year old Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, MO) who apparently started out as a dancer and singer – 25 years before I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Even though this release is a minor one as compared to her many literary credits, she also wrote music for Roberta Flack and some movie scores years later. She wrote several of the songs on this album: tracks 2,3,4,7 and 11 – all worthy. It’s 1957 style calypso in the style of Harry Belafonte, with a bit more moxy. Despite her musical talent, what captivated most (male) listeners was the cover artwork. This amazingly talented woman accomplished more in her lifetime as an activist, writer, journalist, broadcaster… than most people. This is an important release because it demonstrates the breadth of Maya Angelou’s talent – check it out! AArbor

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