Lord Shorty invents the chutney style
1971: Number 31 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of world and folk music
Even Lord Shorty, the leading light of Trinidadian calypso, could see that it had run its course by the early 70s. In search of a new sound, he turned to the “chutney music” of Trinidad’s Indian community. It led to a string of songs such as Indrani, which pioneered what Shorty called sokah. When it mutated into Soca and started to dominate Trinidad carnival, Shorty railed against its rampant sexualisation – a little rich for a man who’d fathered 23 children.