Category Archives: Music Videos

MUSIC VIDEO: The King of Calypso: The Mighty Sparrow – Party Classics

Some popular tunes by the Mighty Sparrow, some going back to the late1950’s….. These should bring back some memories… ENJOY!!!

1. Jean & Dinah,  2. The Lizard,  3. Melda,  4. Drunk & Disorderly,  5. Miss Mary,  6. Jane,  7. Royal jail,  8. Benwood Dick,  9. Sa-Sa-Yea,  10. Magarita,  11. Marajihn,  12. Doh Back Back

Mighty Sparrow
Birth name Slinger Francisco
Born 9 July 1935 (age 85)
Grand RoyGrenada
Genres Calypsosoca
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, Calypsonian, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1949–present
Labels Balisier, RCA, National, Recording Artists, Warner, Charlie’s, B’s, Ice
Associated acts Byron Lee and the Dragonaires
Website mightysparrow.com

MORE INFORMATION: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Sparrow#Soca

MUSIC VIDEO: Cynthia Schloss – “The Jamaican songbird”- Mix

“Send Me The Pillow You Dream On” – Cynthia Schloss

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Veteran female singer, Cynthia Schloss, is generally referred to as Jamaica’s songbird. She was the third of six children and attended the Trench Town Elementary and Ardenne High School. Schloss got her big break at the Merritone Amateur Talent Exposure in 1971, where she won the finals singing First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. Continue reading

SONGS AND COMMERCE – “IS WE OWN” – By Dave Martins + Music video

  SONGS AND COMMERCE – “IS WE OWN” 

Memory does not tell me exactly how many years back, but several decades ago I recorded a song IS WE OWN with Tradewinds,  essentially highlighting aspects of Guyanese culture that constitute an integral part of our way of life, and the song has now become one of the Tradewinds standards frequently heard on radio and in various public functions.

It is crucial to note here that the approach by various artistes of dipping into the voluminous and varied culture in the Caribbean generally is a time-honoured and repeated slant used by them going back to the time of the calypsonians Sir Lancelot, Lord Canary, Slingshot, Bill Rogers, etc., and, of course, over and over again by a wide range of painters and script writers across the region.        Continue reading

MUSIC VIDEO: The Wailers – Featuring Ziggy Marley – Three Little Birds / One Love

ENJOY This type of concert. held in 2014, may not be possible in the post COVID future — View full screen
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The Wailers – Three Little Birds / One Love (Live at Boomtown Fair 2014)

Legendary Reggae group, The Wailers – Featuring Ziggy Marley.-  open up our Lion’s Den stage at Boomtown Fair 2014. A world of unity, creativity & freedom, Boomtown Fair is a five day festival set in the Matterley bowl in Hampshire, UK on the second weekend of August.
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MUSIC: Motown Greatest Hits – 70’S SOUL – video

– Marvin Gaye, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Luther Vandross

COMEDY: Brilliant Act – America’s Got Talent 2016 – by Tape Face – music video

Entertainment: Getting Started in music – By: Dave Martins

It occurred to me recently, after a long, rambling conversation with a young musician hopeful, that unless one has gone down that road, you have no idea of how very difficult, I would even say daunting, that path is. There is no formula anywhere, no how-to-book on the process, partly because every musical journey is distinct and unique with the traumas and pitfalls that obtain only from that person’s set of circumstances or abilities. 

The path that Sparrow took in his emergence, for instance, when I hear him talk about them, are completely different from my own; my going to him or to Dennis DeSouza in Trinidad, who I got to know in the years after Tradewinds became popular, for advice on how to proceed with this problem or that, would have been no use because their obstacles or advantages were nothing whatsoever like my own.               Continue reading

ENTERTAINMENT: MOVIE STARS DANCING:  “I’m So Excited” – Video using over 80 movie clips

MOVIE STARS DANCING:  “I’m So Excited”

The guy who created this video used over 80 movies and still managed to synchronize the timing!

Films used…          Continue reading

Book Review: The Life and Works of Bill (Bhagee) Rogers and the Origin of Shanto Music in Guyana + Videos

The cover of the Bill Rogers autobiography
The cover of the Bill Rogers autobiography

Bill Rogers is still a household name here so many decades after he was active in show business, musical recordings and popular entertainment in Guyana, the Caribbean, the USA and the UK. This speaks very eloquently to the impact and immortality of his songs, which are still played on the public airwaves. They are still remembered and even mouthed by many, some of whom were not even born yet when Rogers was performing. He remains a legend in Guyanese culture.

Dave Martins’ “Not A Blade of Grass” is the Guyanese nation’s unofficial second national anthem. If we assert that Rogers’ “West Indian Weed Woman” or “The Weed Song” is not far behind in that category, it confirms that either of these songs is not only the work of a genius, but has earned its place in history and possesses the quality that make it stand out memorably above other popular songs that are characteristically ephemeral. ( See Music videos below)              Continue reading

MUSIC DOLDRUMS – By Dave Martins + Soca 2021 Video by Machel Montano

Stabroek News – By Dave Martins- January 17, 2021    

In the midst of all the continuing malaise triggered by the COVID pandemic here, one of the lesser noted consequences is the effect on the music industry.  Going in, one has to note that well prior to the epidemic, there has been a decline here, as well as in the Caribbean generally, for those whose income derives from the playing or selling of music in its various forms.

Overall, the music forms indigenous to us – soca, reggae, cadence, calypso, etc. –  have been hit hard in the past few decades both in the number of outlets selling that material on CDs and tapes, as well as in the significant decline of bands playing live in our various hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.        Continue reading