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Selwyn Ryan
Roy McCree


Caribbean Dialogue was established in 1994 as part of ISER's anxiety to communicate more fully with the wider Caribbean policy community as opposed to the academic community to which its flagship publication, the Journal of Social and Economic Studies, is directed.

This particular Special Issue is devoted to an interrogation of some of the concerns that emerged with respect to calypsos sung following the coming to power in Trinidad and Tobago of the UNC in 1995. The selection of papers which appear in the issue were prepared for and presented at a Symposium on Calypso, Soca, Chutney and Pitchakaree which was held under the auspicies of ISER in April 1998. In addition to the papers we have included some of the discussions which took place following each panel as well as some of the calypsos and pitchakaree songs to which reference was made. The symposium marked the fourth such event hosted by the ISER.

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