All Of You Had A Very Happy Valentine!!!
You must have noticed we are taking it slow getting “back on the saddle” with our commentaries. Hold tight though, as they say in Jamaica “Soon Come”!!!! Before we inform, and remind you of what’s happening in our community. We’d like to mention a few important things.
we got word that a few days ago (2/14/06) the Senate unanimously approved
a bill authored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) to designate June
as national Caribbean-American Heritage month. This bill
acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of Caribbean-Americans to
the United States since the inception of the country. You may recall
we had announced this bill (H. Con. Res. 71) was approved by the House on
June 27, 2005. Now, it’s up
to President Bush to designate June as national Caribbean-American month.
Click here to read the Press Release from Congresswoman Barbara
OUR LEADERS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
We hope you are celebrating Black History Month with your kids, families and friends. This month is dedicated to acknowledging, celebrating, educating and even learning about our black leaders.
CORETA SCOTT KING
Sadly, On January 31, 2006, Coretta Scott King died in her sleep at Santa Monica Hospital, a holistic health center in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. She was 78. She leaves behind her four children, lots of memories, and her own legacy.
ON THE MUSIC
Moving right along to music, we want to share with you a concert we saw on Valentines night. The Reggae artists were legendary Dobby Dubson and Glen Washington. Us with our dancehall mentality figured the show will begin late, but we were wrong the show started around 10:00 pm and we rolled in at 11:00 pm figuring we'd be early (since no matter the day of the week the shows usually don't start until 1:00 am in the morning.) However, this was a great surprise. The setting was very nice, it was set up as a dinner show, which is rare for reggae shows in this area. When we arrived unfortunately we missed Dobby Dubson's performance and Glen Washington had just taken the stage. He was dressed in a red jacket, which really fit into the Valentine theme. The stage was well lit, and the sound was just right (not to loud since it was a dinner show). Mr. Washington's performance was wonderful, he sang most of his repertoire of great songs. It's nice when an artist founds exactly like the CD. He gave us approximately a 2 hour performance, and pleased all who were in attendance. I was surprised the attendance was pretty low, because it was a good artist line-up, and the show price which included dinner was under $50.00 (a great price for Valentines day). Normally shows for a top dancehall artist is about $50.00 without food or a place to sit and enjoy the show, therefore this show price was quite reasonable. Well, for us it was another great experience, especially since the announcer Tony Carr from WPFW at the end of the show brought back Dobby Dubson to the stage and Glen Washington joined him. Together they gave us another 30 minute set singing some of Dobby's hits. What a nice addition, and a rare experience. It's about time someone in this area decided to give the people the opportunity to experience great reggae music in a comfortable atmosphere. I like this dinner show idea, we have been talking about it for years, and it's nice to see we were heard.
If you think you would enjoy attending a dinner style Caribbean event in the Baltimore/Washington area in a safe, comfortable and secure venue, please hit us back and let us know email@example.com.
Bobby's Music Machine was the DJ and you know he's a veteran and he brings the vibes. Therefore, the music is always nice. Big up Bobby, sorry we missed your set. Congratulations to you and your wife on the addition to your family.
Hopefully, next week we will post some pictures of the event, because Lisa from WHUR (Caribbean Experience show with John Blake) promised she would furnish them this week, but she's late.
Big Up Lisa, check out her Reggae mix on the Caribbean Experience Radio Show with John Blake on Saturdays 12 Midnight on 96.3 WHUR FM. Check WHUR's site to listen on-line.
We Know many of you had planned to attend the Canboulay 1881 event last Saturday, but we had a major snow storm in the area. Unfortunately, the event had to be postponed due to the amount of snow. It has been rescheduled and will take place this Friday at H20 Nightclub, which is located on the Waterfront in Southwest Wash. DC. This is sure to be a great event because H20 has a tropical feel complete with a spectacular waterfront view. This is an event you don't want to miss.
Canboulay: The Canboulay Riots were riots by the descendants of freed slaves in the cities of Trinidad and Tobago against attempts by the British police to crack down on aspects of the celebration of Carnival. The riots occurred in February 1881 in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and in the southern cities of San Fernando and Princes Town in February 1884 causing the loss of life. The riots are still commemorated today and canboulay music is an important part of the music of Trinidad and Tobago notably the use of steel pans which were the descendants of percussion instruments banned in the 1880s. The "chantwell" or chantuelle who was also an integral part of the celebrations was the forerunner of the calypsonian and later soca music........
This Friday (17th Feb.)
An Official Carnival Send Off Fete
800 Water Street, SW, WDC
NATURAL FREAKS (NY)
DJ Hazzard (WDC)
and a "Riddim Section" it will be the send off you deserve…….
To get in the spirit of T & T Carnival come out and take part in the fun with the rhythm section and enjoy the delicious Bake & Buljol!!!!! (authentic Trinidad dish}.
This is guaranteed to be the best send off fete to T & T Carnival, and if you don't have plans to go, just come out and experience this authentic T & T Carnival party...you won' be disappointed!!!
Please use the side entrance for this special event.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
The introductory wristband price is five (US$5) dollars plus shipping and handling. Supplies are very limited, consequently, interested parties may order no more than five (5) wristbands at any one time Persons interested in securing a wristband may get more information online http://www.gosocawarriors.com/ or http://www.socawarriors.net/t
To contact: Barry Hillocks by phone, 443-540-5668 or firstname.lastname@example.org .Businesses interested in supporting the effort can become an exclusive area outlet, and should contact ICE at 301-257-0102 at email@example.com .
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An Event to check out in Trinidad for 2006 Carnival
1st Annual All-inclusive Cruise in Trinidad by Radio Boys & Girls International
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