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Rupert Grant, more commonly known as Lord Invader, was a prominent calypsonian with a very distinctive, gravelly voice. He was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in 1915, and died in New York in 1962.

Invader became active in calypso in the mid-1930s. He wrote many calypsos; his most famous, Rum and Coca-Cola, was plagiarised by Morey Amsterdam and became a hit for the Andrews Sisters. Invader travelled to New York and sued, eventually winning compensation, although the final settlement allowed Amsterdam to retain his copyright.

He is often credited with writing Zombie Jamboree, although there is no evidence he actually wrote the song.

The following disks give a good idea of his work:

* Calypso in New York (Smithsonian Folkways 40454) is a collection of Invader’s recordings across his whole career.
* Calypso at Midnight and Calypso After Midnight come from a live recording organized by Alan Lomax in New York in 1946.
* Calypso War, Kings of Calypso, and Trojan Calypso boxed set all feature the same set of songs recorded in the United Kingdom in the 1950s.
* Folkways recordings also have a number of CDs that Invader recorded in the late 1950s in New York.


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  • memristor

    "world music" ? uhhhh

    31 Jan 7:03pm Reply
  • memristor

    I finally got a chance to rip Calypso in New York from CD. quality stuff

    31 Jan 7:03pm Reply
  • lillyjonk

    Summer is here with Lord Invader even though it's raining outside.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
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  • KosTeT72RUS

    мировой мужик!!:))

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • runabeat

    The Mighty Sparrow will be appearing at The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX, England on 19th July 2008 at 8pm. The show is called 'Soca Invasion' and other artistes include the Jamesy P and Shurwayne Winchester. More artistes to be confirmed. Tickets on sale 3rd June 2008. Call 08707 602603 or visit

    26 May 2008 Reply
  • skicker

    calypso comeback baby

    17 May 2006 Reply

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