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In Life and in Music ….Change is a constant – By Dave Martins

Probably because it causes disruptions of varying levels in our lives, we tend to see change as something revolutionary, one of a kind, when in fact it is always going on. It is a constant. Because of the incremental nature of it, with the shifts gradually taking place in small movements continually happening, the changes don’t trigger any alarms – on a day-to-day basis they are virtually invisible so that when the alterations become noticeable to the mass of mankind, they have actually been gradually happening over a period of many years, or even decades.

Of course, once the realisation sets in, as for example the changes in human behaviour caused by cellphones, we often then become alarmed or angered by the negative aspects of the change; there is an element of surprise, but in fact what seems like a sudden alteration has actually been taking place, bit by bit, over a long span of time.            Continue reading

CARIBBEAN EXPRESSIONS – By Dave Martins – + 3 Music Videos


From young, growing up at Hague and Vreed-en-Hoop, and with the occasional forays in the Pomeroon where my father had his farm, I was into words.  I’m not sure of the process there but certainly a part of it was the variety of languages around me: snippets of Portuguese from my parents and my aunts speaking to one another (they never spoke the language to their children) but largely, I assume, from the Guyanese culture with its mix of English, Indian, African, French and Dutch expressions. In short order I had read all that was available in the Hague house and found myself attached to the only book left – a beat up copy of the Bible.

I distinctly recall being impressed with the variety of expression and the flamboyant language of many of the texts – the subject itself was unique and on top of that the very language was not something one found anywhere else.  It had a special ring, coming across to me as poetry and, intimations of what was to come, often a rhythmic and even musical expression, redolent with song.      Continue reading

MUSICAL CAREERS – by Dave Martins + video

MUSICAL CAREERS by Dave Martins  – Credits Stabroek News.

Dave Martins

Dave Martins

Sometimes a pleasant surprise lands on your doorstep regarding someone else’s doings that connects strongly with you as it triggers memories in your own life or your own search. Recently, out of the blue, I received a CD done by a young Guyanese performer, Juke Ross, who has recorded a cover version of my song “Not A Blade Of Grass”. Produced here in Guyana, I was intrigued by the recording on two levels: first, because, although it was a different approach from the one I used with Tradewinds Juke had managed to capture the essential heart of the song as a straightforward paean to Guyanese feelings about country.

Without ever feeling me out about my intentions or how the song originated, he had clearly captured the same ingredient that was in the original recording. Although we have since communicated by email, I haven’t spoken to Jude and while I don’t know much about him, including his age, my sense is that he is a fairly young man starting out on a musical career, and I was impressed at the sensitivity level he was showing.   Continue reading

Kenneth Lara aka Lord Laro – Columbia Heights – Minnesota – July 12, 2014

More information on Lord Laro –  Kenneth Lara aka Lord Laro 

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Bob Marley – 100 songs and videos – continuous play

Bob Marley – 100 songs and videos – continuous play

Bob Marley- 30 years later

April 11, 2011 marked the 30th anniversary of the passing of Robert Nestor Marley – Bob Marley:  (1945-1981)

Bob Marley is considered as the man who made Reggae, especially “Roots Reggae” popular around the world and basically put Jamaica on the map as a musical hub in the Caribbean.

His music has been carried on by his wife Rita,  his children and other relatives.  Today, everyone in the music world knows who Bob Marley is and could name at least one of his songs.  Read about Bob Marley at this link :-

Wikipedia – Bob Marley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_marley

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