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WHERE THE VALENTINES DIFFER – by Dave Martins + video

February 14 at 12:02am · Toronto, ON, Canada ·

WHERE THE VALENTINES DIFFER – by Dave Martins.

Dave Martins

Dave Martins

With Valentine’s Day in the air and personal relationships under the microscope, it’s appropriate to note (as my Bajan columnist friend Vic Fernandes did recently) that if you see no difference between the male and the female brain, either you haven’t spent much time around women or you haven’t been paying attention. That best-selling book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”, from some years back, had it right – seemingly a matched pair, men and women are wired differently in many respects and to live together is to learn the difference.    Continue reading

Ethnic Division Dilemma – by Dave Martins

Ethnic Division Dilemma – by Dave Martins

Dave Martins

Dave Martins

From a boy of 10 or so, growing up on West Dem, it was there in front of me – the difference between Indians and blacks, what we refer to today as the ethnic divide; I never heard the term back then. Only on my return here did I come to understand the depth of this rift, and the dilemma it poses for Guyana. In the wake of the election, several prominent voices, including our former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran, have addressed the resolution of this topic; Freddie Kissoon in Kaieteur News has recently written a stirring column on the subject, citing East Indian myopia; I urge all Guyanese to read those columns.  Continue reading

FOR THE LAST TIME – by Dave Martins + music videos

Dave Martins and The Tradewinds – 2015-06-28

Dave Martins

Dave Martins

FOR THE LAST TIME – by Dave Martins

I have come to the conclusion that it will never stop – persons telling you angrily that today’s music is “garbage”. They will tell you, sometimes jabbing you in the chest to make their point, “The music from 30, 40 years ago – that was music, man; not this trash we have nowadays; just boom, boom, boom.

What happened to all those great songs from the seventies? That was real music. When is it coming back?” The short answer is, “Don’t hold your breath. It’s not.”   Continue reading

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS – by Dave Martins + music video

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS

Dave Martins

Dave Martins

– by Dave Martins.    (Hear song “Guyana Coming Back” By Dave martins and the Tradewinds at end)

From I was a youth, as my Jamaican friends would phrase it, I have always been one of those “let me see for myself” guys. Sure, I read the news releases and listen to the social comments, but I’ve learned you can also get a pretty useful grasp of something in your society, almost instantly, from simply observing it in its various aspects, and, most of the time, it’s not a complicated exercise: you can do it casually, just driving the street, or walking the neighbourhood, or flying over the territory.

You spot the change; you see what’s added or what’s absent. In the same half-hour drive, for example, you notice the repaired bridge work on the Embankment Road, as well as the neglected City Hall wooden structure in town. Information sinks in.  So, as I’ve said before, I’m an observer. (Incidentally, that is also the genesis of many of the songs I write; I’m delving into something I’ve noticed.)  Continue reading

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