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Nov 28, 2014

The story behind Paddington's calypso songs

UK - The director of the new Paddington movie explains how the film's soundtrack came to include classic calypso songs. As the Paddington film opens this weekend, audiences will be expecting plenty of mishaps involving a marmalade-loving bear from "darkest Peru". But they might be surprised at a soundtrack packed with calypso songs which hark back to the music of the immigrant community who were settling in Notting Hill - where Paddington bear makes his home - around the time when Michael Bond began writing his classic children's books. "My wife introduced me to this brilliant, but largely neglected music," explains the film's director, Paul King. "This is the music being made in the place where these books were written, by people who arrived on these shores. "It felt like such a glorious gift - they are really upbeat positive songs - for the most part - all about that experience." One of the songs King heard was Lord Kitchener's London is the Place for Me.