One Hand Don't Clap
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One Hand Don't Clap

The infectious rhythms and exhilarating irreverence of calypso and soca music are celebrated in this newly-restored and vibrant documentary. Told through the eyes of legendary musicians Lord Kitchener and Calypso Rose, the film explores the history and evolution of these musical styles, leading audiences from New York recording studios to the magic of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago.

ONE HAND DON’T CLAP captures the vibrant story of calypso and the emergence of soca, through the eyes of two legendary artists, Lord Kitchener, the Grandmaster of the music and Calypso Rose, the first woman to break through in a traditionally male arena. Forging onscreen the connections between American communities and where families come from, the documentary leads audiences from New York recording studies to the awesome magic of Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago. The film features artists across the 20th century whose songs reflect regional and global themes that continue to resonate. The many generations in ONE HAND DON’T CLAP trace the evolution of a musical style whose infectious rhythms and exhilarating irreverence have found their way to ever-broadening audiences worldwide. Digitally restored from the original 16mm A/B roll negatives and 35mm magnetic audio tracks by the Academy Film Archive and the Women’s Film Preservation Fund with support from the Leon Levy Foundation.