New videos bring back vivid memories of ‘Lang Time’ in Guyana – By Lear Matthews


lear-matthews-logoBy Lear Matthews

Toffie balls, neverdone sweetie, bruk mout, Chinee cake, fish an’ bread at Mahaicony train station, M.V. Malali…Putagee Tunus, lass lick, Cutex, Kings ground, joiner, de madame, Dem boys fass bad!

These are some of the themes in the two culturally appealing videos focusing on parlance, people and places in Guyana released by Guyanese brothers T. Eric Matthews and Lear Matthews. The recordings bring back some vivid memories of the homeland. The videos entitled, Dis Time Nah Lang Time and Cavalcade of Sport – The Race, have received positive reviews and “likes” from a number of viewers in the Diaspora and at home.    

Responses from cultural icons, Guyanese folklorists Francis Farrier, Mark Matthews and Ken Crosbie affirm the significant and timely contribution of the videos. Their comments include:  “A wonderful bundle of delight and insight, a delightful Dis Time… and an apt 440 yards relay… both right up my alley… Classic pieces…these are such wonderful material for me to use in my TV show in Guyana to enlighten the youngsters what life was like back in British Guiana and early Guyana.” Political historian and culturalist, Eusi Kwayana writes: “The Matthews brothers breathed new life into the title Dis Time Na Lang Time with inspired selection and popular nostalgia. Baad stuff!”

Although providing but a sample of the rich heritage and customs of Guyana, these videos are not only deeply rooted in Guyanese cultural tradition and lived experiences, but are presented with a sense of humor and use of diction with which most viewers could identify and share. Like other cultural presentations, members of the Diaspora seem to cherish the opportunity to travel back in time to a familiar place they miss very much – HOME. This is evidenced by the following responses to the video:  “The spoken word reinforced our cultural values….Many of us have not heard the language of Guyanese roots in a long time. You made us happy.  Your outstanding story telling is a great gift for many of us across generations…nostalgia stepped in. Just want you to know that the stories you are telling resonate with Americans, our friends in close association with us. They are enjoying the stories and learning.”

The videos clearly complement the efforts of the Guyana Cultural Association to promote, preserve and propagate our cultural heritage. The video Links are:-

Dis Time Nah Lang Time – YouTube

Cavalcade of Sport -Guyana- Tutorial High School Relay Event – YouTube 

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  • Tulsie Das  On 01/04/2017 at 8:09 pm

    This is so Nostalgic well done & thank you to all responsible.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 01/07/2017 at 5:42 am

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