Calypso (Latin, from Greek Kalypsō) is a sea nymph in Homer's Odyssey who keeps Odysseus seven years on the island of Ogygia. Calypso is also the name of a bulbous bog orchid, Calypso bulbosa, of northern regions bearing a single white to purplish flower. A type of folk song, calypso is originally from Trinidad but is also sung elsewhere in the Caribbean. The calypso tradition dates to the early 19th century. The subject of a calypso text, which is usually witty and satiric, is an event of political or social importance, and the lyric often incorporates Spanish, Creole, and African phrases.
44in / 112cm
Photography: Filipa Peixeiro