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La Negra Isidora: Calipso Queen and La Reina Carnaval of El Callao, Venezuela

HISTORIA ORAL DE EL CALLAO ( LA NEGRA ISIDORA)

While researching the anglophone migration in Hispanophone America, I discovered that Venezuela was a destination for Caribbean migrant workers in oil fields and gold mines, especially Trinidadians. I also discovered the many influences they had in the region. Found this facebook page: Carnavales de El Callao 

LOS ESPERAMOS EN LOS MEJORES CARNAVALES DE VENEZUELA EL CALLAO 2013 A BAILAR CALIPSO DEL BUENO LOS ORIGINALES…..!

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And came across “La Negra Isidora” 

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from: http://saparapanda.blogspot.com/2011/08/la-negra-isidora.html

Born August 8, 1923, “Isidora Agnew better known as the Black Isidora , soul and life of the carnival of Callao. Lucia Isidora , full name, survivor of the five children of the union of her parents, as a child, she learned from songs in English, patois and Caribbean rhythms that her mother sang, a native of the island of St. Lucia  and her father from Martinique. The discovery of gold mines in El Callao brought profuse immigration of French , Corsican , British West Indians and mostly from Granada , Martinique , Barbados, Saint Vincent, Carriacou , Dominica , Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad , came not only blacks, there were also whites, mestizos , mulattos, Indians and Chinese . This immigration contributed to the establishment of very large colonies of West Indian families who brought traditions and cultures of their homeland and their languages ​​: English, French , Creole and patois. Among their customs influenced Carnival celebration with parades of calypso, the name given to the musical expression of infectious rhythm developed in the Lesser Antilles ; these well-organized troupes marching through the streets of town singing and dancing until the end of 1940 were a continuation of the celebrations of Martinique , St. Lucia , Granada , Carriacou and Dominica. Agnew died on March, 5 1986”

More: 

Carnavales de El Callao: Una mezcla de historia al ritmo del Calipso

SOURCES: http://bolivar.travel/component/content/article/8-preguntas/reciente/230-personajes-del-estado-bolivar

http://venciclopedia.com/index.php?title=Luc%C3%ADa_Isidora_Agnes

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