Wild! Long before she was a hipster poet, and even longer before she was the Poet Laureate, Maya
cut this early album of calypso tracks for Liberty – with a rootsy sound that's actually pretty darn nice! Maya
wrote a larger number of the tracks, and backing is by Tommy Tedesco on guitar and Al Bello on some really nice percussion. It's really only an oddball treat of your think about the later reknown of Maya Angelou
, but a treat it is, and a wholly credible late 50s calypso pop record. Tunes include "Neighbor, Neighbor", "Oo Dla Ba Boo", "Mambo In Africa", "Tamo", "Pease & Rice", and "Run Joe". Fantastic cover, too!