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Guyanese Love Poems – Presented by Moray House Trust – Virtual Presentation – 13 February 2021

Moray House Trust warmly invites you to attend our sixth virtual event.

Title:                Guyanese Love Poems
Readers:          Francis Quamina Farrier, Stanley Greaves and many more.
Date:                Saturday 13th February 2021
Time:                5.00 PM Guyana 4.00 PM Toronto, New York
                         9.00 PM UK

ART: Ron Savory: A Guyanese quest – Moray House Presentation – By Alim Hosein

Ron Savory 1933-2019

of the interesting things about Ron Savory is that while he was an active artist, and an innovator in Guyanese painting, very little critical work has been done on him. This is true of all Guyanese artists, but some have received scholarly attention in Guyana and even abroad, such as Stanley Greaves, Philip Moore, and Aubrey Williams.         

Savory felt this lack of recognition, as his niece Denise Savory-Archer wrote in a posthumous tribute to him in 2019: “He always spoke of the lack of appreciation for his art throughout the Caribbean.      Continue reading

COVID-19 has killed another friend of mine – by Francis Quamina Farrier

–  by Francis Quamina Farrier

I have lost another long-time friend to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brilliant Guyana-born, England-based actor Gordon Case lost his brave battle with the COVID-19 and took his final bow on life’s stage, after ‘starring’ for just a little over the biblical allotted three score and ten years of life. Today, September 27, 2020, he would have been celebrating his 72nd Birthday. But instead of Happy Birthday Greetings and Congratulations, it is sad Condolences to his relatives, friends and colleagues.

Gordon Case, like Jimmy Bacchus, Billy Braithwaite, Hewley Harris, Michael Gilkes, Pat Thompson and other Guyanese who I have known for many years, have all died of complications due to the COVID-19 – a nasty and merciless killer disease which continues to take countless lives worldwide.          Continue reading

HAIL KEN CORSBIE – by Dave Martins + videos

HAIL KEN CORSBIE by Dave Martins. Credits Stabroek News,

Ken Corsbie

Ken Corsbie

Since living in Guyana again I have seen first-hand the need for us to hold up our own achievers, to shout about them, not only for the praise that is due but, more pivotally, for the powerful information about our worth that is passed on to the new Guyanese wending their way, here and abroad. While that is clearly a national mission, we should all do our part in promoting the image and today I come in that vein to hold up the name of Ken Corsbie who was honoured two weeks ago in Barbados as the 2016 recipient of the Earl Warner Trust Lifetime Achievement Award. Continue reading

Francis Quamina Farrier in Boston – by Francis Farrier

FRANCIS QUAMINNA FARRIER in BOSTON

By: Francis Farrier

My week-end in Boston was like the two masks which are mounted on the front wall of a Theatre or on a Theatre programme; One a smiling mask, the other with a sad expression.

I arrived in Boston on Friday evening, April 12, 2013. It was not only very cold but rainy and wet. Even Bostonians were shivering. This was not like my previous visit to that historic American city  when it was warm are so much more welcoming weather-wise.

My friend Gus Corbin, who was the principal organizer of my visit, met me at the Bus terminal where, together with his daughter Michelle, I was driven to the Comfort Inn. Michelle Corbin played a vital role in the production, including producing the classy promotion flyers. On Saturday, Gus and I toured around the bustling downtown area of Boston, as we put in place the details for my Storytelling and Poetry reading programme for the following evening.   Continue reading

Ken’s Choice #47 – Band of Brothers

Ken’s Choice #47 – Band of Brothers

—by Ken Corsbie – September 1, 2010.

“Our Lifetime Achievement 2010 award goes to Joseph “Reds” Perreira….. He has shown lifelong cultural attributes that Guyanese admire, honor and preserve”  –  The GUYANA CULTURAL ASSOCIATION, NY.

There are people you meet along the way that become lifelong friends. Each one nudged you along unexpected paths, and who remain joyfully influential and supportive throughout the journey.

At the risk of others feeling “left out”, I choose to name just five who I can unreservedly call “Brothers” – all of them beginning this remarkable journey with me forty or more years ago.

This thought was brought home over the past few weeks of e-mail and Skype contact with them for the same but different reasons.

– the Lifetime ….  It culminated with the above notice Achievement 2010 Award to the one of the most public and iconic sports activists of the Caribbean. A man who started upriver, but somehow steered through many whitewater rapids, “the tangled opinions of life” (Walcott), to reach the wide wide sea and experience some of the wonders of the world.  My Brother Nr.1 of the day……His adventurous and inspirational story is revealed for the first time in the pages of his recently published “LIVING MY DREAMS”.

Read full article here…. KEN’S CHOICE – BAND OF BROTHERS

VIDEOS by Guyana’s KEN CORSBIE CARIBBEAN EYE

VIDEOS   by Guyana’s  KEN CORSBIE – on Guyana and the Caribbean

KEN CORSBIE identifies himself  on his website as a:  “Full-blooded West Indian stereotype: half Chinese, half African, half Scottish, half South American Indian, and now living in America”.

He has contributed to Guyana’s wealth of artistic talent over the last 50+ years as a member of the Theatre Guild in its earliest times, and plays, shows and documentaries where he highlights Guyana and the Caribbean with  stories and jokes we relate to. Here are four of his recent videos…..

FRED ALICOCK.- “ IWOKRAMA”

caribvoies — April 10, 2010 — A few days ago I read of a special award given to FRED ALICOCK who has spent a lifetime working towards preserving and researching Guyana’s rain forest. Then I remembered that I had hosted a promotional mini documentary 15 years ago about FRED and the IWOKRAMA project, so I did some editing to highlight (though briefly) both the project and FRED.  Watch the YouTube video at this link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkJngyBOa3s <click

MICHAEL GILKES .. his one man play  “ LAST OF THE REDMEN

caribvoies — March 23, 2010 — Michael Gilkes tells the story of a sweet “Comby”, the invention of “the boys of the Taitt’s Yard” in Georgetown, Guyana, 1945.

Miss Casteneiro’s corner shop was the end-of-the-day wateringhole for the young adventurers, and the unique combination of a syrup sweet ball of compressed shave ice and mauby the “national drink” of those times.  Look at this YouTube video at this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mafvRHnPxPU <click

COUVADE

caribvoies — March 23, 2010 — “COUVADE” is Michael Gilkes’ epic play about identity, race, native peoples, rebirth. It was the first item on the first ever CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of the Arts) 1972 in Guyana.  Gilkes staged an updated and grander production in 1992 at the Guyana National Culture Centre. Ken designed the soaring set made entirely of “round wood” found in the country’s rainforest. The production won several awards that year. The promotional video shows images from both historic productions. Watch the YouTube video at this link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U224iZAhypQ <click

CARIBBEAN EYE

caribvoies — April 06, 2010 — CARIBBEAN EYE, (1992) presented by Ken Corsbie, is a series of thirteen half-hour made-for-television documentaries about some of the social/cultural/artistic expressions that shape the Caribbean scene. The series was conceived, written, directed and edited by the remarkable Banyan (Trinidad) team of Christopher Laird, Bruce Paddington and Tony Hall. Nearly 20 years later, they are still mostly relevant, and are available from the unique Caribbean video archives of www.pancaribbean.com. Watch the YouTube Video at this link:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxDKlJGLnVI <click

Ken Corsbie .. is .. “Caribbean Voices”

95 High Hill Drive. Sound Beach, NY. USA. 11789.

Ph: 631 744 3127       E: mail kcorsbie@optonline.net

Website:  www.caribvoices.com

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