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TASSA THUNDER: Folk Music from India to the Caribbean – video

TASSA THUNDER : Folk Music from India to the Caribbean – YouTube

Published on Mar 25, 2014    – Vibert Cambridge shared this link.

This 53-minute video documentary explores Indo-Caribbean music culture through focusing on a set of neo-traditional music genres, relating them to sources and counterparts in North India’s Bhojpuri region and Indian communities in Fiji. Topics covered include chutney, chowtal, birha, nagara drumming, Ahir dance, the dantal, the Alha-Udal epic, and most extensively, tassa drumming. Tassa music is explored in reference to its rhythmic structures, its performance contexts of weddings, competitions, and Muharram (Hosay), and the construction of its drums. The film combines unique performance footage and interviews taken between 1990 and 2010 in India, Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, New York, and Fijian communities in California. It conveys how Indo-Caribbean music culture comprises a unique and dynamic combination of both resilient marginal survivals as well as innovative forms.

20 Great Cities Around the World – in 90 Seconds – videos

 20 Great Cities Around the World – in 90 Seconds
I didn’t know which city I should visit next, so I was blown away by these stunning and informative 90 second videos of the world’s 20 top places. Starting from Chicago, head eastward across ‘the pond’ through exquisite Paris, fascinating Prague, luxurious Dubai and exotic Bangkok right back to America’s West Coast. Spend 90 seconds in each city and give yourself a taste of the best the world has to offer. 
 1. Chicago, USA
We start our tour in this utterly complete city. With great universities, world famous shops & restaurants – plus the magnificent Lake Michigan – Chicago attracts over 50 million people, and you’d be mad not to join them.
 This is just the first of 20 short videos.

Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc. on-line Magazine – November 2015

Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc. on-line Magazine – November 2015

GCA NovIN THIS ISSUE      PAGE 3-13: Opening of GACC      PAGE 14-16: Diwali Holiday       PAGE 17: Wooden bicycle         PAGE 18-19: UN Catherine Pollard       PAGE 20-21: Focus on Wellness       PAGE 22: Book Review – Winnie Cox      PAGE 23: Ban the Cane       PAGE 24-26: Guyanese Youth in international fashion       PAGE 27: In Memoriam: Lynette Patterson

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR – November Editor Juliet Emanuel

 Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc. on-line Magazine


When the Media team decided on the theme, Wellness, for the November 2015 online magazine we did wonder whether reuse of articles on various cures for ailments of the body would form the greater portion of the edition. Not so – although quips about remembered doses of castor oil after a sumptuous meal, such as, the one enjoyed by most persons on Thanksgiving Day were made.  Continue reading

Down Liberty Avenue! By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Down Liberty Avenue! By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

L iberty Avenue in Queens, New York, is the center of the universe for many immigrants. It is the Middle Earth where worlds converge and where opinions vary as to where the next trend or revolution might be. It is the Avenue where dreams are born, money is made and lost, parades take place and die in ignominy, where temples change hands and the elevator will eventually connect to the subway at Lefferts Boulevard and to Manhattan.

The sights and sounds on Liberty Avenue are a unique blend of curry and spices, roti and doubles and the music-men belching out bhajans, reggae, hip-hop and chutney songs while the Korean shopkeepers address their customers as ‘mamoos’ and know more about jhandis than the average Mandir-goer. Continue reading

Rising Star: Guyana-born Lisa Punch – How Will I Know (Week One) – TV Video

Rising Star: Lisa Punch – How Will I Know (Week One)

Published on Jun 22, 2014

Host Josh Groban, along with an expert panel of musicians including Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris, welcomed the first set of hopefuls in a brand new singing competition called Rising Star. In the premiere episode on June 22, ten hopefuls battled it out with the dream that your instant votes would send them through to the next round.
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Best cities for young people – a Canadian city tops the list

December 11, 2013 | By Jason Buckland, MSN Travel

Best cities for young people- Where the world’s youth can live a good life.

 Friends toasting each other at a party. (© Caiaimage/REX)
The great downturn that began in 2008 was particularly brutal on the world’s youth, sapping them of jobs and prospects of future employment, too.

In many ways, younger people still have a rough go of things, yet some cities offer more hope than others. In its inaugural index, social initiative firm YouthfulCities ranked the best towns on earth for those aged 15-29, based on 16 different indices, including youth employment, civic participation, public transportation, fashion, music and entrepreneurial spirit. And a Canadian city came out on top! Click through to see what Canadian city came in as the greatest town in the world for your detailed ng people today.  – [Read report]

Go to the YouthfulCities.com website for more detailed information

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Guyana: President Ramotar to meet Guyanese New Yorkers

Guyana: President Ramotar to meet Guyanese New Yorkers

Guyana: President Ramotar

Guyana: President Ramotar

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 20, 2013:

Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar is set to meet with Guyanese New Yorkers next week during a visit to the Big Apple.

Ramotar will be in New York for the U.N. General Assembly and is set to meet with nationals in the Diaspora on September 27, 2013 at the Fair-Field Pavillion located at 131-10, 101 Avenue, Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, 11419.

A reception is set for 6-7 p.m. while a public meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m.

Guyanese can RSVP their attendance to the Guyana Consulate at 212-947-5114 or 212-947-5113.

Sparrow fighting … conscious and responsive in NYC hospital – updates

Sparrow released from hospital

Trinidad Express

Press Release: Oct 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM ECT

The Mighty SparrowThe Mighty Sparrow

The Mighty Sparrow, Slinger Francisco, has been released from hospital and he is now recovering in a special therapy facility.

This according to a press release sent out yesterday on behalf of Margaret Francisco, wife of the internationally renowned calypsonian. Sparrow was hospitalised last month in the US where he remains after falling into a coma.

The release said Sparrow continues to improve daily and will now undergo physical strengthening and other medical procedures to improve his overall well-being.

“We wish to place on record our profound appreciation for the continued outpouring of best wishes, prayers and support from the public for the complete recovery of the Mighty Sparrow. We also wish to express our sincere thanks to the hospital doctors and staff for the professional performance of their duties and the loving care and attention they exhibited. We will continue to issue updates as significant items relating to his progress comes to hand,” the press release said.

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Hurricane Sandy Aftermath – New York and New Jersey – 5 videos

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath -Inside the Chaos of Breezy Point, N.Y.

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Video: New York at a Stand Still

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Huge fire in Sandy’s wake destroys NYC beach community

Posted By Stabroek staff On October 31, 2012

ROCKAWAYS, New York,  (Reuters) – Just before dinner on Monday night, 75-year-old Bruce Bavasso was slugging back sambuca with his neighbors in a private beach community in the Rockaways in New York City. There was a lot of pasta, some hurricane humor and a lot of ribbing about the storm.

This was Belle Harbor, the same broad-shouldered, tight-knit beach community where an American Airlines plane crashed in November 2001, killing all aboard and five people on the ground. There was no way tragedy would strike the place again, or so Bavasso and his friends thought.
By early yesterday morning, Bavasso’s three-storey house was a pile of smoldering rubble, one of about a dozen homes in Belle Harbor destroyed by fire as Sandy hammered the U.S. East Coast.   Continue reading