Playing tracks by
Louis Farrakhan, The Charmer, Singing Francine, Catelli Trinidad All Stars, Female Woodcutter and more.
Whether its a female boxer or a female woodcutter, calypso has been concerned with gender, especially of those who break the rules. Singing about housewives who do every kind of job possible or celebrating the female road queen and the woman on the bass, these calypso songs acknowledge the strengths of complicated or non-traditional gender. The mix includes the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who performed successfully as "The Charmer" in the nineteen forties and fifties. Farrakhan sings about gender reassignment surgery in "Is she is or is she ain't?" and opens the mix with a more recent speech about gender problems.