Cyril X. Diaz and His Orchestra were the top Calypso musicians of the 1950’s in Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies. In fact Cyril Diaz Orchestra regularly accompanied to the recordings of Calypso stars such as Mighty Sparrow, Lord Melody or Young Killer. In the early 1960s, Cyril Diaz left Trinidad to go to Toronto, where he began playing in discotheques and succeeded in establishing his own musical style. In 1974, the Trinidad & Tobago government awarded him the Humming Bird Gold Medal for his work on Calypso music.
Emory Cook was an audio engineer and inventor who used his "Sounds of our Times" and "Cook" record labels to demonstrate his philosophy about sound, his recording equipment, and his manufacturing techniques. From 1952 to 1966, Cook recorded, manufactured, and distributed some of the highest quality audio recordings in the world. The 140 titles on Cook Records include European and American concert music, U.S. and Caribbean popular and traditional music, as well as mechanical and natural sounds. Emory Cook ran two divisions of the Cook company, Cook US and Cook Trinidad. Most of the albums recorded in Trinidad were made available on Cook US, though there were some that weren't. Emory Cook sold Cook Trinidad in the early 1980s. He donated Cook US to the Smithsonian Institution in 1990.
“Tabu” (also recorded as Taboo, Tabú, and Tabo) is a popular song covered many times and composed by the Cuban Margarita Lecuona in 1934. "Tabu" was recorded by Emory Cook in november 1957 in Trinidad and released in 1958 in two singles, one with choirs and a totally instrumental version. "Tabu” was also released on the “Las’ Lap” (Trinidad & Tobago) / “Dirty Jazz From Down South” (USA) albums in 1958. "Tabu" probably inspired jamaican version "Africa" by The Gaylads released on the famous Studio One label in 1966.