Daily Archives: December 15, 2013

Remembering Bill Rogers – “Weed Song” – Dmitri Allicock

Remembering Bill Rogers

And The West Indian Woman Weed Song

By Dmitri Allicock

Bill Rogers

Bill Rogers

Bill Rogers {Augustus Hinds} was a famous early Guyanese Calypsonian responsible for putting Guyana on the recording map when he recorded for RCA Victor Bluebird Record Company in 1934. He was also responsible for the creation of Shanto music, a genre that is specifically Guyanese.

Young Bill Rogers and also calypsonian {Roger Hinds} speaking for the Caribbean Beat in Nov-Dec 2008 issue said, “My father was known as Bill Rogers, but his real name was Augustus Hinds. He was the person responsible for putting Guyana on the recording map when he recorded for RCA Victor Bluebird Record Company in 1934. That was the top recording company in those days.   [Read more]

Christmas in Brazil: My “Secret Friend”

Merry Christmas, Rosaliene!

Three Worlds One Vision

Christmas PresentPhoto Credit: nopatio.com.br

 

At Christmas time in work places around Fortaleza, the exchange of gifts between co-workers is common. A popular practice is to select the name of your amiga secreta or“secret friend” from among the undisclosed names of all participating co-workers.

During the years I worked in Brazil, one amiga secreta stands out from all the rest: Angélica,* my nemesis.

Angélica and I started out on the wrong foot. She was responsible for the control of all incoming and outgoing merchandise. I made the unforgiveable error of pointing out discrepancies in the product codes. Other related questions about stock control resulted in a rebuke from Angélica’s boss. I was meddling in matters outside of my job description, he told me.

I paid the price in full for questioning Angélica’s competence. Her subsequent covert attempts to discredit and sabotage my work turned my work environment into a…

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