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21
Oct
09

Ole Time Someting Come Back Again

Here’s an interesting (& enjoyable) cover of The Mighty Sparrow’s classic calypso “Obeah Wedding”.Its performed by “TitoTitou”, a French native with a pretty eclectic taste in music, if one were to take a look at his YouTube profile.

We in Trinidad and Tobago (heck, the entire Caribbean) have such a wealth of talent in our blood.  While we must take our many art forms into the new millennia, we must also ensure that we don’t forget our roots & culture.   By revisiting them every so often, it not only serves as a source of edification and pride, but in my view, it’ll also to help educate the younger generations of our rich heritage and our identity as Caribbean people.

I hope you enjoyed!

(bigup to @suzettegardner, who shared this video with me. 🙂 )

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17
Nov
08

Doctor’s Orders

I went to my big sister’s graduation ceremony at the University of the West Indies (St Augustine campus) on Friday Oct 31, 2008 (Halloween).  She graduated (with distinction, mind you) with her post-graduate diploma in “Educational Technology”.

Trinidad Newsday


Anyway, UWI likes to grant honourary doctorates at each of its graduation ceremonies.  As luck would have it, the calypsonian Black Stalin was carded to be one of the recipients at my sister’s graduation.  I had no clue until I picked up the programme and gave it a quick skim while waiting for things to get started!

After the first honourary PhD recipient (Mr Kynaston McShine — a QRC old boy) gave his moving acceptance speech, it was Stalin’s turn…

“Ah… I had ah mind to give a lil speech this morning… but after Dr. McShine speech, I feel is better I sing (audience laughs/claps).

Flickr: Ricosmixxx

Ah came here dis morning to just do one calypso and leave… but ah tink this being ah graduation– one such as this with so much young people — we should add another one to it — jus’ fuh so…

(audience applauds)

Yuh know and… and this particular song… we going to do this one with no music (motions to band to be still)… so we could let de message hit home…which is so much easier when yuh do it acappella style…

We just want to say that… yuh know… God <???> … regardless of your position, regardless of your condition, one of the things we know is that… we doh run dis world… somebody else does run it for us… and while passing thru, we got to make de best of it… so …ahm… here is my story…”



(starts singing his song “In Times” acappella)

We seem to feel that life is over
just because we throw a few pennies down de gutter
We seem to feel everything is lost
so we fighting to get back something at any cost
but while we fighting and we fighting just to get back that little something…
we keep forgetting that we know nothing of this world in which we livin’
Someone greater put this world together
So we must remember…

In times of plenty we must be grateful
In times of sorrow we must be strong
In times of joy we must be thankful
Because life really have its ups and its downs
In times of disaster we must be ready
To get together and move obstacles out de way
And if you listen to this watchword from yuh lover, Black Stalin
Tomorrow would be ah better day

We meet ah world today wit four seasons
Who is we to try and find out “what’s the reason?”
And what goes roun’ so…
Must come back roun’ so
Why dat is so, nobody doh know
And there are so much other mysteries
That nobody still can answer
So we just got to say ‘thanks’ and keep looking to de future
because dis world is not yours to control
it is just to behold, so…

In times of plenty we must be grateful
In times of sorrow we must be strong
In times of joy we must be thankful
Because life really have its ups and its downs
In times of disaster we must be ready
To get together and move racism out de way
And if you listen to this watchword from yuh lover, Black Stalin
Tomorrow would be ah better day

As we go thru this life we livin’
we must know by now that this world owe us nuttin’
so live yuh life, just enjoy it,
and just try to leave dis world better dan yuh meet it
because de maker of dis world which nobody has no contract
no paper is going to tell you yesterday is going to come back
so… look ahead but without looking dead
after all is said…

In times of plenty we must be grateful
In times of sorrow we must be strong
In times of joy we must be thankful
Because life really have its ups and its downs
In times of disaster we must be ready
To get together and move racism out de way
And if you listen to this watchword from yuh lover, Black Stalin
Tomorrow would be ah better day
…for you and you and you…

(fades)
(audience applauds)

Stalin then went on to perform one of his beloved songs “Caribbean Unity” aka “Caribbean Man”, with just guitar and drum accompaniment. The audience sang along without prompting, too.

You can find the lyrics to that song at the Toronto Lime website.

Apologies for the poor audio/video quality, but I was fairly high up in the bleachers, and that was the best I could do with my camera maxed out at 3x zoom.  I need a new camera, and I’ve been a good boy all year, right, Santa?

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CalypsoWorld

It was really nice to hear Stalin and to see him moved enough by the occasion to give the graduands this piece of advice in song, which I’m sure they appreciated (especially the undergrads).  It was really appropriate too.  Maybe the upcoming US election had something to do with it.  Being poised on the threshold of history will do that to you I suppose.

He (Stalin) really is a man of the people, and while he seemed a bit in awe at all the pomp and ceremony of the occasion, he was…well, how do I put it…*Stalin* !  He will never lose his common touch, which is why so many Trinbagonians love and admire him so much.  Even while he walked through the venue, he took the time to acknowledge the starstruck in the crowd with his winning smile.

With the mess the world is in today, with all manner of danger, threat and peril looming around every corner and facet of our lives, lets sincerely hope and pray that the UWI Graduating Class of 2008 will follow the goodly Doctor’s orders and make a difference in the lives, hearts and minds of the whole world.

Peace and Rice,

jw

20
Aug
08

A Head Above The Rest

(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

BEIJING – AUGUST 20:  Melaine Walker of Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women’s 400m final during the track and field athletics event at the National Stadium during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China.

20
Aug
08

Lightning Struck Twice!

Congrats to Usain Bolt for taking the 200m Men’s Olympic medal, and for smashing the record!

Mike, man… what can I say?

Someday was today!

😆

[Daily Telegraph]

This was another Caribbean one-two punch, with Churandy MARTINA of the Netherlands Antilles getting the silver medal!!!

01
Jul
08

Conscious Tuesday

In keeping with my ‘no stress for the week pledge’, here’s some Conscious Reggae music.

Rasta Coulored Lion of Judah

Steel Pulse has always been one of my favourite Reggae groups.

Their songs are catchy, memorable and always carry a strong lyrical message.

One of my favourite Steel Pulse songs is “Chant a Psalm”, which I’ll share here with you.

Enjoy.

Rejoice, Rejoice
Good tidings I bring you
Hear ye, a message to you my friend
Voices cry, invoke your angels
When pressure drop it cannot conquer dread, No
So blow away your bluesy feeling
Spirits say take the world off you shoulder
One foot in the grave is a foolish step to take
Who sow in tears shall reap in joy
Wise man doctrines assure your safety
No more stumbling block, back stabbers get down
To the righteous revealed, the secret of the scriptures
The wicked dem portion is vanity
Disciples of Lucifer

In your hands lie your destination
The book of true life you hold the key
Mystical powers to you unfold
Seek ye the half that has never been told

Get behind me Satan

Get behind me Satan

I’ve got to chant

Chant a psalm a day

True Democracy

Reach you in a vision yeh, come on
Come walkies down easy street
Attract these angels in dreams and your prayers
Remember the three holy children
Remember the visions of Daniel
Remember the magic of Moses, so
Dash away your bluesy feeling
Spirits say take the world off you shoulder
One foot in the grave, my friend
A foolish step to take

When pressure drop it cannot conquer dread

When pressure drop it cannot conquer dread
Got to be wise yes yes in dis ya iwa
Woe betide for the wicked

Disciples of Lucifer

Get behind me Satan

Get behind me Satan

I got to chant

Chant a psalm a day

Moses he did, chant chant
Samson he did, chant chant
Elijah he did, chant chant
I want the whole a we fe chant chant
Solomon he did, chant chant
His father King David, chant chant
John the Baptist, chant chant
I want the whole a we fe chant chant.

This song is from their 1982 album “True Democracy”

Peace and Much Love.




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