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  • Jerry Jeff Walker a country singer died recently, he wrote the lyrics to this song but Sammy Davis Jr. owned it

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  • Awesome voice and great stage presence. Piece de Prophet would appreciate.

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  • African queen! Electrifying! Mesmerizing!

    Reminds me of another South African I saw at our Jazz Festival twenty years ago. Can’t remember her name and it really annoys me.

    Thanks, Hants.

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  • I should learn Dutch.lol

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  • In my lane.

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  • Filed under you learn something new
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    It was a warm and cloudless Saturday afternoon. Officer Howard, 31 years old and on the job three years, was driving a patrol car with a rookie he’d just met that day, Officer Philip Romano. A call came over the radio: There was a disturbance at Blumstein’s department store in Harlem.

    They arrived to find chaos on the second floor. At its center, in a dark suit and tie and sitting still as stone in a chair, was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., then 29. There was a letter opener jutting out of his chest. He had been signing copies of his book “Stride Toward Freedom,” about the Montgomery bus boycott, when a young woman approached and stabbed him.
    An advertising executive for The Amsterdam News, a prominent Black newspaper, grabbed the woman and restrained her until a security officer took over. Stunned local leaders and politicians looked on as another woman, fearing for Dr. King’s life, reached to pull the blade out. “She was hysterical,” Officer Romano said later. The officers, knowing that the blade might have been saving Dr. King from bleeding to death, stopped her in time.

    Dr. King was taken to Harlem Hospital, where a team of doctors worked to pull the blade from his chest. Outside the operating room, 40 people offered to give blood. A doctor told reporters that the blade “impinged on the aorta, a blood vessel near the heart,” and that a puncture would have caused “instant death.”

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  • Elsewhere in the article for those unable to access it…
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    Dr. King’s career and stature soared over the decade that followed that afternoon at Blumstein’s. During a speech in Memphis in 1968, he would reflect on that day.

    “You know, several years ago I was in New York City, autographing the first book that I had written. And while sitting there autographing books, a demented Black woman came up,” he said. “The next minute I felt something beating on my chest. Before I knew it I had been stabbed by this demented woman.”
    He continued: “The X-rays revealed that the tip of the blade was on the edge of my aorta, the main artery. And once that’s punctured, you’re drowned in your own blood, that’s the end of you.

    “It came out in The New York Times the next morning that if I had merely sneezed, I would have died.” He repeated the phrase over and over, “If I had sneezed,” while naming the Civil Rights milestones he had accomplished since then — the lunch-counter sit-ins, the march on Selma, the “I Have a Dream” speech — and then concluded, “I’m so happy that I didn’t sneeze.”

    The following day, Dr. King was shot dead

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  • G G continues to sing sweetly.

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  • Watch the “we gathein” and the cynic in me was impressed despite the politicians getting their two cents in. Kudos to the organisers who put together a good show in getting Bajans from all over the world to participate and to the hosts and the entertainers including the Police Band – a very good show.

    Congrats

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  • @Sargeant

    Agree it was a good show Created a good feeling as a Bajan.

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  • Police Band was outstanding. First time hearing them in years.

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  • Hope Babados liason officers in Toronto representing.

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  • Congratulations to Cultural Ambassador Dr The Most Honourable Anthony Gabby Carter and his new wife.

    See front page of Barbados Today online.

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  • Charlie Pride will be kissing a lot of Angels

    RIP

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  • Fuh true ? Fuh real ?

    Nation Update: Water Park woes at Brandon’s

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  • Caribbean Christmas music sweet
    I ain’t nuh Christmas person. My last name Green seems appropriate because every December certain friends is call me de Grinch. I wouldn’t get into why I feel this way about Christmas because, despite how I feel, I enjoy the fact that other people get joy out it. And I tekking it easy fuh de winter solstice, so I ain’t got energy to get into the historical, economic and cultural imperialism of Christmas now.
    One bright spark for me during this time though, is always Bajan and Caribbean Christmas music. I am not dreaming of a white Christmas, I doan care if grandma got run over by a
    reindeer, and I am no longer moved by
    Christmas shoes.
    I do, however, want to ask Santa Claus if he ever comes to the ghetto and am thankful I don’t have anyone confusing me ’bout wuh I gotta gih dem fuh Christmas. If you don’t recognise the Jacob Miller and Sach Moore references you ain’t nuh real Caribbean Christmas person.
    Or maybe you are a Caribbean
    Christmas music newcomer. This is quite possible. The new all-Bajan radio station is introducing a new generation of Barbadians to the great music Barbados has produced, of all genres.
    If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? Another way of asking the same question used to be: “If you produce a non-soca song in Barbados, did you really make a sound?”
    Increasingly the any is, “Yes!”
    It feels like there is a little bit of a Bajan artistic renaissance going on.
    Not only in music, but in the visual arts as well. Thanks to the Internet with websites like Gineon.com, and a new tide of national consciousness, we have access to many formerly hidden gems of Barbadian creativity.
    When I echo Bumba and ask, “Why can’t this Christmas feeling go on?”, I am not talking about that feeling of peace and goodwill to all, though that is good too. I am talking about the feeling of pride and energy that I feel when I hear the vibe of Christmas Caribbeanised and expressed as in Tony “ Rebel” Bailey’s “ Show Love”
    or his “ My Sweet Lord.” Talk ’bout sweet! Even a Christmas dissenter like me is start to feel a sorta way.
    Christmas has always felt fake, artificial and out of place to me.
    Kinda like the impostor Santa that RPB caught Maizie kissing. The Christmas music from Barbados and the region brings an indigenous authenticity to the season that was missing in the days of pelting marl round the house to simulate snow. If I ever get a Christmas tree it will be a real, authentic Caribbean one, maybe a piece of stick tied up with breadfruit leaves as Madd suggested.
    Nobody is ever going to mistake me for Santa Clause, the way they do Eric Lewis. Especially not the people who read Richard Hoad’s column.
    He has a habit of misunderstanding or misrepresenting what I write and taking it totally out of context. But I don’t fret about it because I trust that the readers will come over to this column to read and think for themselves. And I also appreciate the right of comedians to free speech. If you like Hoad’s comedy articles, Gibzy Dan’s “ Christmas Scam” will really milk your goat. Brilliant comedic writing and social commentary right there.
    But Christmas in 2020 is no joke for many people. And it is not because they’ve been naughty like Pong that they “ Ain’t Getting Naffin.”
    They are not like the people in De Devil’s new song, “ Hiding from Santa Clause.” A globalised virus, an inequitable global economic system and decades of short sighted local politics have combined to lick nuff people fuh six this Christmas.
    This Christmans, there is a beautiful new version of Bumba’s Christmas classic, produced by Nicholas Brancker and featuring new singers. Likewise and more than ever this Christmas feeling must also be new and renewed. It cannot be a fleeting, flighty, overly commercialised, superficial feeling any more. The Christmas feeling in this region has to be a deep, lasting and transformational feeling. A feeling of the birth of a new spirit and era as it was meant to be.
    Adrian Green is a communications specialist. Email: Adriangreen14 @gmail.com

    Source: Nation

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  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to David and family and to all BU bloggers.

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  • Thanks Hants and for keeping this space active.

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  • Merry Christmas to all.

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  • Merry Christmas 🎄☃️ to all. For those who partake, the LCBO has a limited supply of Bajan rum from Foursquare.

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  • Merry Xmas to all, enjoy some peace and tranquility with family.

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  • awesome drummer lady.

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  • Still my favourite singer. Sweet like lugduname.

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  • Just saw this on Caribbean Vibrations TV in Toronto

    https://www.bajanshakk.com/

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  • Preparing for my Old year’s night fete with me myself and I. Entertainment by G G

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  • @Hants

    Many house parties planned in Barbados now that covid has flared. The blogmaster will be attending one of them. Enjoy your old year’s night and wishing you et all the best for 2021.

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  • Finding great music played by Bajan musicians is worth the effort.

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  • Happy New Year to you and yours David.

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  • Home alone and loving it.

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  • Sister and brother. Good performance

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  • Chuck Berry

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  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-restrictions-state-of-emergency-rules-jan-12-1.5870215

    Ontario will be placed under a stay-at-home order, which will require everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, like going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health-care services, for exercise or for essential work.

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  • My daily distraction.

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  • Lari Basilio guitar sweetness.

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  • Cheating on G G lol but this Brit can sing.

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  • Couldn’t resist. G G pure sweetness.

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  • World class. Minister John King take note,

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  • Who knew that “Midnight Train to Georgia” started as “Midnight Plane to Houston” or that Cissy Houston mother of Whitney recorded it first?

    Jim Weatherley the song writer just died and the heading of his obit reads “Jim Weatherly, whose song ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ started with a plane to Houston, dies at 77”

    Some people here may have heard of “ slow grind”, a few here (present company included) would have been “grinding” to Gladys Knight and the Pips back in the day.

    Here is a refresher

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  • Alanna White on drums is awesome. All female band.

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  • Shhhhhh

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  • @ Sargeant

    I interviewed Gladys Knight and the Pips in the early 1980s at the Dominion in Tottenham Court Road. I had asked for an interview for ages and it was not granted. When I met her I told her about the delay. She was genuinely shocked. Her manager had not told them.
    She was apologetic and kind.

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  • I used to frequent a used music/book store owned by an acquaintance (he acquired most of his inventory from Estate sales, (it’s amazing people die and their family sell off their complete record collection that the deceased had spent a lifetime collecting) . I would purchase music that caught my fancy, but I missed out on purchasing the Mills Brothers greatest hits on on CD.

    The Mills Brothers was the longest lasting black singing group, I believe they sang together for over 50 years, originally there were 4 brothers and after one brother died their father replaced him.

    This song is from The Nat King Cole show

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  • desperately seeking Bajan music videos lol

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  • Bajan queen still got it.

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  • G G still sweet

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  • @Hants

    Audio Crop Over could be answer
    IN THE FIGHT to contain the raging COVID-19, the cancellation of Crop Over 2020 was an expected and nationally responsible decision.
    It fell in line with that of
    We Gatherin’ and of all other events globally that depend on crowd attendance for their existence, financial and otherwise.
    The Crop Over festival originates from and is driven primarily by music, predominantly calypso. It is appreciated and enjoyed in greater numbers more by listenership than by viewership or revelry.
    Our main industry, tourism, is boosted and dominated financially by the influx of tourists who participate physically in celebrations, hitherto ignorant of social distancing. This does not mean that the would-be tourists would not enjoy the same music broadcast on air and online.
    Music broadcast
    As chief proponent of cultural and creative industries in a technological environment, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) should transpose its usual programme into a music broadcast, for the continuity of the festival and the benefit of its artistes.
    The NCF has engaged in earlier sessions of radio broadcast, e.g. organising tent recordings to be heard in homes, which increased attendance in the tents – the occasion of “no new music” when old music took over the airways.
    Every year, there is an outcry from the public and deejays that the music is taking too long to come out.
    Last year, recording producer Chris Allman, in promoting and encouraging online business, concluded that the country wants music around the time Crop Over is usually held.
    The chief executive officer of COSCAP (Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Incorporated), [Erica Smith], also urged that “beyond immediate relief, the aim should not be to embed a system of charity and mendicancy but one that enables participants with the ability to develop their business”.
    Innovation
    COVID-19 should not be a killer of creativity but, like any other necessity, be the mother of innovation. NCF, let’s embark on the first audio Crop Over.
    Using the same timetabled programme, let’s call the disappointed exponents back to action – songwriters, calypsonians, back-up singers, arrangers, instrumentalists, recording studios, engineers, DJs, broadcasters.
    This venture will need the unprecedented collaboration of all the radio stations of CBC ( Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation) and Starcom Network, not only in synchronising programming but in sharing experience of similar initiatives, like the Peoples’ Monarch that embraced listeners’ participation by electronic voting.
    The NCF’s Party Monarch already had the model of calypsonians submitting their songs on CDs to be judged, but in camera, for selection to go forward.
    In this proposal, the NCF would be the coordinator of the submission of recordings to the radio stations for public electronic voting.
    Amid their usual promotional material, special notices should be sent to their parent ministry, as well as to the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Tourism, BACA (Barbados Association of Creatives and Artistes), BATMAN (Barbados Association of Tents Managers), registered calypso tents, sponsors, advertising agencies, banks, insurance companies local and international, where possible.
    Radio stations
    The broadcast of competitions – Pic-O-De Crop, Party and Sweet Soca,
    and possibly Junior Monarch – would be discussed with radio stations as to dates, times of broadcast and of voting, and sourcing numerators for collating results.
    The proposed new format for audio Crop Over is: 1. The usual registration procedures will be maintained.
    2. Deadlines for entries set.
    3. Each calypsonian will enter and sing the same one song lyrically, which may be improved but not changed to be identified with another competition which might be in place.
    4. The first selection of songs will be judged for the suitability of the recording for broadcast by a team of engineers.
    5. Judging will be by the public until the finals when a reduced panel will be chosen for rank order judging.
    6. Judging will be of songs, without reference to the singer’s name or usual
    stage name.
    7. No more than three backups will be allowed for any song.
    8. Social distancing must be observed in the recording studio.
    9. The NCF will be responsible for prizes for ten finalists, winner’s trophy and competing fees for 20/15 semi-finalists in the Pic-O-De-Crop competition.
    10. The usual prize structure will exist for any other approved event.
    Further implementation of such a programme will reopen avenues in business for the Crop Over artistes locally and attract new customers online, where the would-be tourists and friends would still enjoy and purchase the music of their choice.
    Additionally, whenever COVID-19 has passed, the artistes could organise shows with this same music.
    In conclusion, calypso and calypsonians have been acclaimed as the historians of the community, the region and world affairs. It would be a sin of omission if the greatest international pandemic ever, COVID-19, is not recorded in the oral and aural annals of calypso. It therefore behoves the authorities and NCF to avoid such a travesty.
    Anthony Walrond was chairman of the National Cultural Foundation from 1986 to 1994.

    Source: Nation

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  • Bunny Wailer dies at 73
    KINGSTON – Jamaica is mourning the death of reggae legend Bunny Wailer, who passed away yesterday morning at the age of 73.
    The three-time Grammy Award
    winner, whose given name was Neville Livingston, died around 9 a.m. at Andrew’s Memorial Hospital here, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange confirmed.
    Bunny Wailer, a founding member of iconic reggae group The Wailers, which also included Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, had been ailing for several years.
    He suffered a stroke in 2018 and another in July 2020 and had been hospitalised several times since.
    “Today, the last surviving Wailer has passed. His son, Abijah, said to me this morning that ‘Bunny Wailer cannot die, he has transitioned’,” Grange said in a statement.
    “We mourn the passing of this outstanding singer, songwriter and percussionist and celebrate his life and many accomplishments.”
    In 2017, the Jamaican government awarded him the Order Of Merit,
    the country’s fourth highest honour.
    Then, in February 2019, the government recognised his contribution to Jamaican music again with a Reggae Gold Award.
    “We remain grateful for the role that Bunny Wailer played in the development and popularity of reggae music across the world. We remember with great pride how Bunny, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh took reggae music to the four corners of the earth,” the culture minister said.
    (CMC)

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  • Respect from Toronto news media.

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  • A reminder there is sweetness in this world

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  • African music

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  • Look what just showed up

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  • Talent!

    On Fri, Mar 5, 2021 at 3:11 AM Barbados Underground wrote:

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  • Still distracted lol. From 2017

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  • Barbados

    ” The shocking image of a 14-year-old girl, lying naked on a cement floor in a solitary confinement cell at the Government Industrial School (GIS),

    investigations revealed that the child, who was sent to the school two weeks ago after being charged for wandering, was placed in what is called the “suicide cell” as is the practice with new entrants at the institution, a reform school for delinquent boys and girls.”

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  • Like this young lady’s singing.

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  • What I am listening to right now. Nice distraction from the Covid chatter.

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  • NorthernObserver

    The Blogmaster seemed to have an interest in Real estate, a few weeks back in a short exchange. This full article is firewalled, but it follows on the money sources discussed.
    “The property actually sold conditionally near the asking price to a couple in Singapore in March, 2020, he says. When the coronavirus pandemic disrupted global travel and financial markets, they struggled for three weeks to get funds out of Singapore before the deal fell apart.
    “Unfortunately the offer could not go through,” Mr. Qin says.
    He adds that clients from around the world – including Europe, Russia, the Middle East, South America and the United States – have been shopping for luxury properties in Oakville, west of Toronto.
    Mr. Qin says the buyer is a local resident who decided to take advantage of the dampened interest from overseas before borders reopen.
    “The buyer said, ‘I don’t want to compete with international buyers.’”

    I have it on reliable advisement the buyer is “local” via Hong Kong.

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  • @NO

    You will have to share more offline if you can.

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  • Coming up.

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  • More therapy

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  • Air Canada to resume service to some sun destination flights in May

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/air-canada-flights-south-1.5961148

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  • World class muscians.

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  • Can you imagine the heavenly choir?

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  • Grown up music
    Enjoy

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  • Great post. Great music. I was trying to find Emmerton but could not find it.

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  • This is without doubt one of the greatest songs by a Bajan

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  • @ David,

    Thought you would have the inside scoop.lol

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/04/06/two-tourism-executives-resign/

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  • @Hants

    Like she stated, time for a new challenge.

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