Before there was Bob Marley, and even before Toots and the Maytals, there was calypso music and there was Lord Executor. Listen past the rag-timey piano staccato in his “Three Friends Advice” and you will hear the calypso-infused predecessor of Jamaican reggae music. Forbidden to speak with one another, calypso music was a way for African slaves in the Caribbean to communicate with one another while they mocked their slave masters. Lord Executor (Philip Garcia) was one of the pioneers in Trinidad who spread English calypso songs around the Caribbean. Although he spent most of his time in Trinidad, he recorded many of his songs in New York in the late 1930s.
Lord Executor – “Three Friends Advice“ (play/download)