“Deep” … A Poem written by Big Virge 13/10/2005

Just some deep thoughts for a few …. from a slightly different … “Pew” …

Take time with this one peeps ….

Bless ….

Independence & a few other more important things … written by Big Virge 28/11/2012

Okay so, it’s … “Independence”, celebration time, here in Bim this week ……..

Hmmmm … ??? …

Well folks, hate to get on the wrong side of Black Barbados … but … let me get this right !!!

Everyone is getting excited about … “Independence” … !!! …

… from a country & monarch, who had a ceremony supporting her Jubilee, barely 6 months ago … !!!???!!! ….

…. where government offices closed early & the military & other forces held a parade in her honour !!?!!

Sorry, must be me, to have a somewhat confused look on my face at this very moment !!!!!
Really people … ??? …

I mean …. FUCKING …. REALLY …. !!!!?!!!!

Okay, so, I must have it all confused right, after all, i’m a “FOREIGNER”, at the end of the day, in fact, a foreigner who comes from that place that Bim is independent from ….. however, I somehow have Bajan citizenship …. which was availed from the Barbados High Commission in Central London …

Anyway, as a foreigner from good ol’ Queenie’s land, why am I not greeted with red carpet treatment everywhere I go …. yeah, over the top, I know, but, you thinkers get my drift, whilst the rest of you, smart-mouthed, black folks, who are quick to criticize a man like me for not having my Black Queen on my arm, better check yo’selves yeah …..

As I hear Busta Rhymes, talking bout … “Wunnah done talk too much Bumboclaat fukry !!!!!”

Throw a … RASSHOLE … in there, and I good with that !!!!!

Where were the protests about this, “Obscene”, waste of money, whilst many people in the island feel the pinch due to economic woes affecting everything from tourism to … Hmmmm … artists getting paid, not only … ON TIME … but in quite a few cases … AT ALL … !!!!!!

…. by …. Government Affiliated Agencies, like the NCF & even BCC, i’m hearing, have a rather bad habit of expecting to get performances from well-known artists, without paying them a cent for their efforts, promptly.

Thus, you see, this celebration to me should not claim to be allied to Independence at all, as it merely seems to be an effort by the powers that be to galvanize some sense of … Unity … ??????

Yeah alright den ppl … NoooooTTTT …. but, clearly something … ??? …

… under the guise of Barbados having some sense of independence of thought & infrastructure from Britain & more importantly, the rest of the world.

….. that, just doesn’t ring true on any level for me, I haven’t been here long enough to truly stand totally firm with these statements, but, when I hear some of the more cerebral artists talking bout, they have to get on stink, to simply get paid for work that they have done at pretty much everywhere, except UWI, who seem to be one of the few institutions in the island, who deal with people in what could be deemed to be, a manner that is … “Independent”, of government practices.

Why is that then …???

The NCF are continually being exposed to me, as being, not only disrespectful of artists, but, not offering any sense of professionalism, in terms of supporting artists, including the young people of Barbados, in presenting their hard work to audiences, as it should be ….

I will not mention the scenario or names, but, it would be remiss of me to say, that, having been a positive critic of the Drama/Speech Nifca finals, there were, allegedly, serious problems with sets, visuals etc, behind the scenes of that event.

The artists were all ultimately, so professional in their execution of said works, that, as an audience member, it would be hard to tell, however, having spoken with, certain backstage members, of some of the productions, there were some incredibly, poorly managed efforts, to support the young people who had clearly, learned to discipline themselves, to the point where they were more than worthy of being in the finals !!!!!

Incredible … !!! … because the NCF & NIFCA will happily, it would seem, take credit, for the students work, rather than actually ensuring that their, behind the scenes work, was worthy of accreditation !!!

I am gonna be reading something at Lester Vaughn School tomorrow with Adrian Green & Inity Fyah, both, ultimately, very high quality exponents of performance poetry, which I am very much looking forward to, not necessarily for the performance aspect of it, but, to see how the dignitaries in attendance, handle us & in my case, how they deal with wordplay, that, may well, challenge the students to look at how educators & administrators, from a broader perspective, do things globally, and then apply these things to this proudly …. “Independent”, country, and how it ACTUALLY operates, rather than how it is … SEEN … as operating !!!!!

I cannot finish this post without speaking on the BULLY tactics, seemingly employed by everyone from Ministerial Levels, down to the, “Wannabee”, street thugs, with their guns & bravado ….

Waiiiittttt … hold on a sec ….

….. They seem as though they are actually one & the same, in terms of their demeanor, if a minister threatens to shoot another minister, how different are they in truth, to the thugs, who, people should not forget, tend to get called upon, when election times come, in far too many cases, by, said politicians & their friends ….

I hope it isn’t as blatantly corrupted as Jamaica & other countries, appear to be, but, when white businessmen & their families are allegedly, being threatened here, one has to wonder … ??? … exactly how independent of the ideologies & societal models, are these actions, from the very slave masters who used to employ, similar tactics to quieten, uppity slaves … !!!???!!!

I have had the conversation about slavery being a thing that is quite possibly, more prevalent now, than when our ancestors were in chains & having horse bits, placed in their mouths, as a form of obedience training, like fucking ANIMALS !!!!!

When a man comes & does work for you, regardless of color, the refusal to pay is tantamount to treating the man like an animal, you can whip to work, and then cage at the end of the day, without having any sense of guilt about such actions.

Well, bullies tend to, either, end up being f’ked up … Royally … !!!!!

….. or, they end up living a very sad & lonely life, where they are constantly looking over their shoulders.

None of these things sound like the actions of, “Independent”, free thinking, individuals, if anything, these attitudes & behavioural tendencies, ally themselves to the societal infrastructures & systems, like slavery, that have been implemented & followed by colonies all over the world !!!!!

Threats are the acts of F’ing cowards, so, if we are now threatening, not only white folks, but our own people … !!! …

….. and, in the case of Ministerial individuals, their own peers, one has to wonder why the Fuk anyone would be celebrating, “Independence”, here at all … !!?!!

As i’ve said before, when you watch the behaviour that white tourists receive from certain, Black Bajans, both, men & women …..

I don’t see white folks coming here, being humble, because they see a … STRONG, INDEPENDENT, BLACK NATION …..

NOT ONE BIT !!!!!

When we are dealing in fairness, accountability, appropriate treatment of artists, and political action, rather than rhetoric, bickering & bully tactics, then, maybe we can talk about being on the path to Independence ……

Independent thinking, in my view, being the most important level of independence, thinking that elevates itself above petty squabbling, racism, elitism & inappropriate monetary dealings, be they international, or the payment of people for services rendered, promptly, and in full, locally …..

Then we should be celebrating something … !!!!

As it stands, an event for dignitaries to pat themselves on the back for actions, that, “Betray”, the ideals of independence & progression, hardly warrants any sense of pride or ceremony, in my opinion !!!!!

If I am to be threatened for speaking that, which I have seen to be true, then bring it on …. !!!!!

…. as some of us really don’t give a shit about what y’all do anymore, as you are proving yourselves to be nothing more than thugs in suits & as they say, there’s always a gunslinger who is quicker & more willing to shoot than you !!!!!

Enjoy your independence day people !!!!!

Virge.

Not me folks … A certain Mr. RedHot_Peppers …. “This Color Line” ….

Mine was 2004 … RHP told me this was written very recently ….

So, let’s not kid ourselves folks ….

How much has REALLY changed … !?!

No more shackles but the mental chains remain … !!!!

He has a webpage here people : http://www.truegrittentertainment.com/

ThiS CoLoR LiNe…
ThiS CoLoR LiNe…

the simplicity of such prejudice
makes my mind toil
due to the commonsense of it all
it’s impossible to find

plenty say easier said than done
that being the case
lets approach a few of these issues

..one by one..

what begins as a pure Soul
Seeded from a single Source
spawn in a vehicle of flesh
rich with history of each receiving host
(e.g.)
tone of skin..
accent of speech..
philosophy of what needs be taught..

..these are all building blocks of ones psyche..

..but we mustn’t discount the makeup of an individual’s heart..

any religion. political or ethnic group..
can parade and raise their flag..
guise their pretension that each individual that fit their particular motto
can fit in one single bag..

..the adolescence of it all is truly sad..

the basis of my contention is this..

these groups can no more define one’s character
then a penny pitched into a well
can grant a single wish..

funny..

these two things mentioned have so much in common
that being:

grouping..
character..
a penny pitched into a well..
and a wish to be granted..

(e.g.)

one of a single color. religion. creed
in unison chant set ‘MY PEOPLE’ free

one by a wishing well desires to have something
he or she wants and needs

it is this GROUPing of a defeatist state of mind
of which stagnates an individual’s thinking
that he or she has little to no control
in the outcome of their dreams…

for no two dreamers or dreams are truly the same
can be similar by nature
even compliment each others existence..

the point of this rant is that..

we as individuals are as unique as our own finger prints..

no two are the same..

color. political group. religion..

…….are a zero sum gain….

the beauty of life counts on the blessing of each individual
to play their part the best they know to play

one’s character is what matters most

for a lie is a lie..
and a cheat is a cheat..

I can respect more one that is openly devout in their prejudice
than one who masquerades as one to believe…

hats off to the DECEIVER..

such a Masterful use of this CoLoR LiNe..

divide and conquer..

‘ThE aRt oF WaR 101’

Note:

your deception will not stay hidden..

when the truth is so easy to find..

even amongst your OWN kind…

for a faulty line is exactly what it is..

a faulty line..

that of my kind shall always remain FREE

there are no limits to what true dreamers can conceive..

8^/ R.H.Peppers..

As the issues of Race & it’s isms … has been in my weeks posts … Try this on for size … “Frank & I” … written by Moi … a while ago ………..

One of my early poetic excursions into the world of racism and ignorance, so, don’t be misled by the title !!!

Some people … say to me …..
“You sound like Frank Bruno … !!!”

Makes me wanna say ….
“Are you dumb …. What do you know !?! ”

Now i’m respecting Big Frank …
for what he’s achieved …
But … Let’s get things straight … !!!
He DON’T sound like … ME … !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My vocals and words
are …. poetic to herds
while what Frank said sometimes ….
sounded …. so …. “Absurd” …..

“Oh, that’s really not cricket !
now, Harry dear boy ….
you’re on a sticky wicket !!!”

Appealing to …. whom … ?
People who see …. “COONS” …. ! ? !

Well, i’m not a Baboon … ! ! !
playing along to that … Tune … !!!

I’ve got lyrics like … PICKETTS’ …
NOT … the ones’ who be … “Flying” … !!!
but Wilson ….. DEFYING ….. ! ! !

This view … Oh Soooo … Trying … !!!

cos in my mind … you’re implying …
That …. “All of us … Blacks” ……
Look and sound ….. all the same ….. !?!

“Ahhhhh … I see now ….. Okay …..”

It’s … THE CHIP … on my shoulder …. !!!!!
that’s …. Directly …. to blame …. !!!!!

See that’s how they explain ….
why a Black man like me ….
gets looked at … like … “Cain” … !!!!!

Well …. maybe i’m … ” able ” … ?
to try to ….. explain …..

Being viewed in this way …..
sometimes … brings me …. “Pain” …. !!!

I’n not Frank … taking punches …
to damage …. my brain ….

This is something I wrote ….
on an … Underground Train” … !!!!!
cos’ the way some were looking ……
could drive a brother ….. “INSANE” ….. !!!!!!

So … Let’s …” CLARIFY ” … this … !!!!!!

I DON’T … sniff … “COCAINE” ….. !!!!!
and Frank …. ISN’T …. my name …. !!!!!!!!!!!

That’s … “The TRUTH” … !!!!!
STRAIGHT … and … PLAIN …. !!!!!!

Take your mind … out the drain … !!!
call me … “VIRGE” … or … Big V …

Definitely … NOT … Frank … !!!!!!
and Noooo ….. ” NOT ” …… Ali G ….. !!!!!!

Just do me a favour ….
when you see a … Black Guy
who looks … ” A Little ” …. like me

THINK FIRST …. !!!!!!!!!!
and then …. speak …. !!!
cos’ you might finally see ….
That we aren’t all the same ….

Some of us …. USE our BRAINS …. !!!!!
Not Just …. ” Fists or Guns ” ….

In some …. “INTELLIGENCE” …. reigns !!!!!

But …. just so you know ….

Some Blacks are …. MY FOE …. !!!
and I do wanna ….. “Choke” ……
Some … Black Women & Blokes … !!!!!!!

It’s just … “Presumption” … i’m saying ….
I …. REALLY …. Don’t Like …. !!!!!

cos …. We ALL …. DO NOT FIT ….
These FAKE …. ” STEREOTYPES ” … !!!!!

Just be … ” Thoughtful ” … and try ….
To ….. “OPEN” ….. your mind ……

So …. when you next walk the street
and see a … “SCARY” … BLACK GUY … !!!

Just … REMEMBER … This Poem …

I Call . . . . “FRANK AND I” . . . . . .

Quite the day … Relationships of all sorts … written by Big Virge 22/11/ 2012

Well, I start this post with the HOT NEWS … !!!!!

…. that …. on Broad Street, Barbados, at approximately 3.10 this afternoon, a lady was seen in the nude, having … “Relations” … with herself … !!!!!!

Okay, so, after that newsflash, let’s get to the idea of how we engage in choosing our relationship partners, be they personal or otherwise !!!

The reason for this post is that I saw in a chat today, a discussion, where people were trying to establish the best way to determine who you should have in your life …?

The question was asked … “Is it who you want or who wants you that is the important factor ???”

Well, as a singular entity, who has done the 10 year thing with a very special woman, who I chose to let go, I can say this, it is very rare to hear of couples, who, instantly knew that they were good for each other for the long haul …….

It was another individual, in my case, who spotted the level of connection that my ex & I were then to find. This was because he saw both of us at various points in our own environments, and got to find out what we were like as individuals in our own space.

It really isn’t rational to believe that, because you want someone, that, you’re gonna have a connection with them … !!!

When I think of the volumes of women who I have wanted & in some cases, still want, who are in fact, complete ” no go’s “, for me, it is actually quite scary, how your wants can, override, good common sense … !!!!!

I am much more inclined these days, to deal with connections with the fairer sex & those bodies that obviously give me erections, but, as said, them that tend to do that, ain’t got much else to offer invariably, so, a connection is a lot more important than an erection, I would say, for that …. Long-Term ting, so many look for, because we all know that the timeline for fit bodied ladies ain’t quite as long as those of fit bodied men right people …. but either way, if you don’t have a connection that avails a wish to be with someone because of who they are rather than, how they look, you’re cruising for a bruising people … !!!!!

A lot of ladies be on some, vanity driven, relationship business, much like we men … !!!
… however, vanity, in the case of many of these, “Hot Girls”, is their business, so, how can any partner of theirs expect them to be on anything other than that …!?!

I’m sure there are a few now, who are humble enough to see that their looks cannot & should not, define them, but damn, they are a … ” Few & Far between finding !!!!!”.

Wants & needs huh … ???

Well …. when it comes to relationships, they change for most people, as time rolls on huh … ???

The people, who, in our youth, seem to be your dream come true partner, in many cases, seem to be someones’ nightmare, due to those things, which, you can only find out from getting up close & personal with people, on a regular basis.

It is so easy to buy into a persons presentation of themselves, that, it’s easy to believe that you want them, it is only when embarking upon spending huge amounts of time with people, that, in my opinion, the, ” Wanting Them “, aspect of the relationship, becomes stronger & stronger.

I am far from an expert on relationships, but, one thing i’m pretty sure about, is that, business people do not build relationships on what they want, solely, they build them from the knowledge of what a person/company, can … “Realistically” … offer & do, which is very different to taking a liking to someone & thinking, let me pursue this person, regardless of their personal issues & problems.

A strong connection, which goes beyond the physical, is indeed, a requirement of picking wisely, in my view, it’s easy to fall for that which has no substance, but, looks good, it’s not so easy to find & love the essence of that person, their failings, strengths & their inevitable aging, and in most cases, growth, as a person.

Relationships, like anything that stands the test of time, demand the strongest of foundations, from which you can build, and maintain, happiness, unity & above all … HIGH LEVELS of COMMUNICATION !!!!!

The building block, that, so many seem to forget, when the relationship gets to be more than a fleeting night of passion or whateva the fuck y’all be calling it these days !!!!!

Get in tune with you first, then you’ll find it easier to get in tune with that special person who can make your life seem … complete …

…. but …. be mindful folks, nobody else makes you happy … !!!

…. that happiness is to be found in YOU … then all you have to do, is share your happiness with that special person, who, makes you feel special … !!!!!

Blessings & good luck people … !!! … to all of you in your relationships, be they business …. or …. personal !

One love.

Virge

Not one for chain mails, but …. Quite like this … !!! … Carrot, Egg or Coffee …. ???

Which one are you … ???

Carrots, Eggs, and coffee…

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee. You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed two on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed ground coffee beans and in the last she placed eggs. She lighted the fire under it. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In a few minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see ?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma the daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its insides became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a break-up, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.

If you don’t (re)send it, don’t worry, you will just miss out on the opportunity to brighten someone’s day with this message!

May we all be COFFEE!!!!!! !!

A clearly, not so distant … relative … of our Aussie Friend … !!!!!

Somehow, my girl & Mr. “S.O.D.”, (Speak English or Die Mother Fucker) Australia (Below)… would seem to be from the same ignant ass bloodline …

Almost as if they were siblings, separated at birth, by a criminal exodus ship outta ol’ England

Hopefully, not from some inbred trailer/chav type beginnings !!!!!

Don’t let your mindstate slip with this stuff people, it is still … A very REAL … problem !!!

Hidden away … in … Too many peoples’ psyches … !!!!!

Ahhhh … sumthin’ for our Aussie buddies … !!!!!

Organized … Kickin’ it hard / whilst exposing racists / for what they are ….

Inferiority complexed …. afraid …. Harbingers of …. “Hate” …. !!!!

Uh huh …. !!!!!

Why does this remind me so … of a recent event on a Tram/Bus in England …….

Same people …. Same attitude ….

When will these people be put in a the Pig Stys …. They BELONG in …. !!!?!!!

I’d say … “Un-fuckingbelievable” … but sadly, not only is this believable, it is still in the minds & actions of people from ALL races, at different levels …..

TODAY !!!!!

Stop this chit ppl … before someone chooses to STOP YOU … without the use of words !!!!!

You have been warned … !!!!!

So … Now to a night of … mostly … Bajan Female talent in the Spotlight … Honey Jam Barbados 2012 … written by Big Virge 19/11/2012

Okay folks, my last post is the perfect segue way to posting about my evening on Saturday !!!

Late hook-up, but, well worth it, so, quick thanks to DJ Simmons & Keisha “Empress Zingha” Griffith, for gettin’, “The V”, up in the plantation for a night of feminine vocals that roared, soothed, bellowed & sang to the rafters !!!!!

However, the ol’ fella that i’ve become, I really can’t remember everyone, so, you’ll have to excuse me if only a few names get full mentions ….

Anyway, Honey Jam Barbados huh ……. !!!!!

Well Well …. A feminine-driven, effort, to raise the profile of female singers, rappers, etcetara etcetera, here in Barbados …..

Hmmmmm ….. well, it’s great to see, that, when the ladies want to shine … they organize & mek sure that they do what they claim on the label !!!!!

Ms. Ebonnie Rowe has clearly spent a lot of time getting this show up to the standards that it now can boast, and, a very good job she’s done … !!! … if Saturday is anything to go by.

Hosted by the rather, Hot Lookin’, Caroline “Cici” Reid, from Slam 101.1 FM, there was a pleasant beginning for a Bajan event, it’s prompt start !!!!!!!

A factor that Ms. Reid was quick to accentuate, in her opening address !

So, some 15 plus years since it’s beginnings in Canada, Honey Jam Barbados is into it’s second year of promotion & events in Bim, thus, for me, a new boy in town, it was an opportunity to see some of the best musical talent that the ladies are bringing to the fore in the island.

Well, as an Englander of sorts, my visions of the worlds’ talent have been broad & varied, so, i’m not easily impressed now !!!

Thus …. I was more than pleasantly surprised to hear & see Niki Nicole, light up the event as the first performer, (A mistake if I may say Ebonnie), as she set an incredibly high standard with her number, a soulful, but funky groove, that, she bellowed mellifluously, through the extensive range of her voice !!!

A great performance & I liked the track, which I believe was original !!!!!

However, as said, she could of been, merely for the betterment of the show, placed, a little later in the line up, as some of the performers after her, clearly felt the pressure, especially the youngsters …..

Right … !!! … Now, here’s where, fa now, it gets difficult fa me, because other than Mia Cumberbatch & Gigi Ma’at, who were both highlights of the evening for me, names escape me now.

I have to give a mention to our Canadian visiting artist, Mellisa Bel, who, having won the right to come here to perform, having beaten off considerable competition in Canada ….

Well, I have to say, dat’s a white girl who can sing people … !!!!!!

Guitar in hand, she came to the stage and exuded confidence & assurance in her tone, delivery & expansive range … an original song & crowd pleaser, were done back to back, and she clearly has a love & passion for performing, which she worked well, in engaging with the audience ….

Good Job indeed Ms. B !!!

However, as with a lot of the white fraternity of singers, rappers etcetera, the clearly, “Well-trained”, vocal style, impressive as it is, lacks a certain something, a certain, “Authenticity”, in how naturally it comes out.

This could not be said for, Rochelle Griffith, who, I hope she’ll forgive me for saying, had this whole, “Black Pink”, vibe, going on for me, a really stylized performance & delivery, over music that I could see Pink using, and, don’t get it confused, I like me some Pink people … !!!

Not so much of the “Pop-ified”, stuff, but, when you go back to her break out stuff, like the club smash from back in her early days, “There You Go”, that’s no light comparison i’m making people !!!!!

The other special mention goes to Rhesa Garnes & Ropey Ranks, Beatboxing with singing, rapping, the whole shabang … !!!

…. changes to rhydem, vocals & tempo, very impressive, seemingly improvised at times, but, not in a way that seemed rehearsed if you catch my drift, emcees know where me der …..

Now, not that anything is that original these days, theirs’ was definitely, a very stand out performance, in amongst the 20 & then some performances availed for the slowly but surely, warmed up crowd.

All of that said, here comes the critique now people …..

I think that quite a lot of Bajans get carried away with some local artists, on the basis of their being, “Bajan”, and having some semblance of talent ….

So, in going back to the young emcee in my previous post, just look at the delivery, attitude & confidence in talented 16 year olds, outside of Bim people !!!!!

In recent weeks, i’ve seen a multitude of young, Bajan Talents, both male & female, from Nifca to the two 13 year olds, who graced The Plantation Stage, on Saturday, both, clearly nervous, but, with an abundance of potential that needs to be nurtured & developed carefully !!!!!

Barbadians, much like the English, need to be less self-absorbed with, “Their Own”, being The Greatest on the planet, as I sit here listening to D’Angelo, there is a reminder of the level of quality, skill, & devotion that these, Truly, GREAT ARTISTS, exhibit in their craft.

There were pockets of it at HoneyJam, alright, maybe, BIG Pockets, but, pockets, nonetheless, Bajans have to be realistic & look outside their vision of what’s hot, because the planet is big, with growing, “Big Egos”, some warranted, but, very few, worthy of the plaudits that are given because …. Ooooohhh, Universal Music dig them, or, BMG have signed them !!!

Listen to what the serious artists write about in their deeper compositions, the levels of industry bullpish, that, restrict & control talent, thus, when we as audiences observe, blind allegiance to artists, because we know them or they’re from where you’re from, does not define them as the best thing since sliced bread people !!!!!

Their skills & abilities, when assessed, against those within their peer group, is where your judgements need to be made from …..

….. as the young talents get younger & younger, people seem to jump on them as being hot just because they’re young & have a lil’ more than the average, well, don’t get it confused people, there are a lot of … average …

…. and …. VERY FEW …. Exceptional …. !!!!!!

The words …. “called & chosen”, spring to mind …..

Anyway, an extremely good night, overall …. No complaints, apart from maybe this one, if people are coming onto a stage where there are instruments behind them, well, backing track performances need to be eradicated, be it a house band or otherwise, one of the best tests of singers live skills is performing tightly with, live instrumentation, as one of the later Rock Bands found out, when, one of the guitarists, somehow, seemed to unplug himself, and, could not get back on track, until the song had almost ended … !!!!!

The rest of the group handled it well, the singer kept going, even though it had all fallen apart for the guitarist !!!

These are the marks of professionalism & talent to me, in many ways.

Oh and I have to add that … “Certain”, female, spoken word artists need to get their shine … !!!

I understand that there were some issues with it working this time around, but, get it clear Ms. Rowe, get some of these girls up there, because we all know that the Sista’s love to hear some Powerful Sistahood, type speech, from a powerful, unabashed woman.

The rise of the Bajan Woman, in the field of spoken word should not, and, can no longer, be ignored … !!!!!

However, as stated, a Really Good evening was had … !!!

…. as well as the numerous HOT looking sistas … As DJ Simmons, who got an honourable mention, like Mahalia, said to me,

“Virge, this is a great place to meet women !!!”.

On that basis, roll on Honey Jam 2013, as I now have to concur … The sights & sounds were well worth coming out for … !!!!!

I wish Ms. Rowe all the best, because it’s a good thing she’s doing for the ladies !!!

Long may it continue here, as the arts need to be properly supported, marketed & promoted, which, if we’re waiting for government & the wealthy folk of Barbados to connect with, well, chit may never happen ….

Congrats to all involved !!!!!

Peace & Love y’all ….

The Virge !!!!!