Are you a serious music aficionado, or a casual listener? Ready to test your knowledge of Caribbean musical traditions, old and new? Think you know your kompa from your kadens? Try our trivia quiz, and check your score in the answers below!
1. Bouyon — Kwéyol for “soup” — is a musical genre that emerged in the 1980s in what territory?
2. Traditional Barbadian tuk bands include all the following percussion instruments except one — which?
3. Calypso Rose become the first woman ever to win T&T’s Calypso Monarch title, in 1978 — who was the second?
Calypso Rose, again
4. In 1965, Guyanese-British musician Eddy Grant formed one of the UK’s first multiethnic rock bands — called what?
5. What was the name of the backyard studio built by famed — and eccentric — Jamaican producer Lee “Scratch” Perry?
The Black Ark
The Black Star
6. Dennery Segment, the soca genre that emerged in the 2010s, is named for a community in what island?
7. What genre provides the official soundtrack for Curaçao’s annual Carnival?
8. Who is the youngest-ever winner of a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album?
9. T&T’s Sundar Popo, considered the founder of chutney music, had his first major hit with what song?
“Nani and Nana”
“Don’t Fall in Love”
3 Singing Sandra, in 1999 — a whole twenty-one years after Rose
4 The Equals
5 The Black Ark
6 St Lucia
8 Koffee, nineteen years old when she won in 2020 — also the first woman to win the award, founded in 1985
9 “Nani and Nana”