Wordsworth McAndrew – Meche Meche, Ol’ Higue, and Cook-up Rice! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine + video

Wordsworth McAndrew – Meche Meche, Ol’ Higue, and Cook-up Rice!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Wordsworth McAndrew

Wordsworth McAndrew

The speck of a curved moon sent the village into its own sense of rapture. The clouds soon parted. Moonlight was like day and the village assumed a sense of purpose and anticipation. The lone radio beckoned the people to meet and share stories. Folk tales were spun into fantastic webs: spiders spoke and the lang lady hid in the bushes as Black Sam held court with his jumbie stories.

The Murphy radio was plugged into the Berec dry cell battery and the magic hour would soon approach.  

But first there were the last minute chores to finish. Chandra washed the wares at the standpipe, Neighbor Charles put the fowls in the pen and Aunt Adela had to fix her hair. The children were told to wash their ‘hand and foot’ but why was Mother Hackett taking so long?

Doesn’t she know that the radio waits for no one? It turns out that she was stitching the button in a shirt with a flickering jug lamp.

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  • de castro  On 08/30/2015 at 5:14 am

    Wonderful reminder reminder of Guyanese cultureal past.

    Cultural enlightment…..some will need English subtitles to comprehend.
    Loved the name……….WORDSWORTH MCANDREW.

    Wasn’t William Wordsworth a Scottish poet ? Will now Google.

    Was lucky to have grown up in GG village ECD with further education in SSC GT.
    Best of both guyanas.(world)
    Nice one brother
    Cultural enlightenment indeed.
    Thanks for the reminder !😇
    Wonderful bit of Guyanese culture.

    Salud kamtan

  • de castro  On 08/30/2015 at 5:39 am

    Sorry my mistake …William Wordsworth was English poet of the late18th century…as per Google.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 08/30/2015 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you, Wordsworth McAndrew, for your legacy of Guyana’s folklore.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 12/11/2019 at 10:11 pm

    I knew Mac well. We first met on a play at the Georgetown Dramatic Club, Victor Forsythe’s, “Sweet Carila” – about inter-racial relationships and love. He was the narrator – Uncle John-John, the local philosopher – and I a returned doctor from abroad whose love (mutually) was an African girl, whose parents were debtors to my frugal parents, living in a humble thatched hut.

    At the El Globo bar, Regent St., we would spend many hours late into the night – after my freelance stints with GBS, reading GIS news items or after rehearsals/plays.

    Then there was a daily (taped and replayed) five-minute 5:30am dialogue in Creolese (before the Indian program, to target rice farmers) over a two- week period to promote the Blue Belle rice introduced by the first PNC gov’t. Mac represented the African voice/personality and I, the Indian. Mr. Burnham (“The Kabaka” as Mac and Hugh Cholmondeley would say) himself gave the OK for the series to proceed after listening to the first recording.

    I still have a promotional 1968 magazine on “Guyana” where Mac and I separately appear on the Entertainment page. Mac is shown as the Sweet Carila, Uncle John John, and I as Pancho in Slade Hopkinson’s “A Spawning of Eels”. To Sir With Love author E.R. Braithwaite also appears on that page.

    RIP, Mac!


  • dhanpaul narine  On 12/11/2019 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks Veda, for those memories. I met Mac for the first time in New York in 1989. He was living in Richmond Hill. We had many conversations and I was intrigued by his good memory of time and places in Guyana. We had to study one of his poems at UG, on an Indian wedding in Guyana. It was written with such precision that we marveled at Mac’s versatility. But it was in the logie that he had the greatest impact on me. We lived in squalor and Mac helped us forget about it, temporarily, with Creole Meche Meche.

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