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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

Running Back Home to a Guyanese ‘Crismus’ – by Hubert Williams (1975)

christmas-treeRunning Back Home to a Guyanese ‘Crismus’

A treat by Hubert Williams, who does his own “creole ting”….  Caribbean Contact, December, 1975.

Our Thanks to Param Sharma for retyping this old article by Hubert Williams and submitting it to Guyanese Online.

All roun de wurl dey gone lookin for greener pastures, but den evry year-end droves o’ dem duz cum runnin back home cause, dey tel we, noway else aint gat Crismus like Guyana Crismus.

Jus look at dem:  in fancy clothes an big kickah shoes wuh dey pic outa catalog, talkin wid akcent an spennin money wile. But is true wuh dese Guyanese immigrunts seh … we crismus is boss.

Is really a potpourri of a lotta tings. We duz celebrate it wid de frenzy of Latin Americans, riddum of West Indians, de appetite of Africans an’ Asians, likker-guzzing capacity of Europeans, an de staying power of de Vietcong.

Is dats why noway else cyant match we Crismus.    Continue reading

Nat King Cole – 100 music videos – autoplay

Nat King Cole – 100 music videos – autoplay

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was a musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death. [ Wikipedia – read more]

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