First memories

  I pride myself in having a very good memory. I have a problem with remembering number sequences and birthdays, but apart from that, I have no problem telling you what you were wearing at a party 5 years ago, what you told me during a casual conversation 8 years ago and I’m sure I […]

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Please yourself!

  I just love the Calypsonian Mighty Sparrow. His use of funny double entendres, his amazing ability to rhyme and just the fact that his sometimes 60 year old music can still appeal to the younger generation, makes him, to me, the undisputed Calypso king.

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Write it down, make it happen (II)

For the first part of the series, see here Since I love to travel and experience new cultures and traditions, these are the countries and places I’d like to visit some day:

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Music is a wondrous thing!

This song by the Nigerian artist Flavour is actually a remix of an older song by Cardinal Rex Lawson, a Nigerian musician from the 60tees. However, for his background rhythm Flavour used a Cuban melody that was first recorded in the 1930tees. This Cuban melody, a son pregón, is one of the most famous Cuban […]

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Write it down, make it happen!

I was never one of those girls that dreamed about first kisses and future boyfriends, weddings and white fences. Actually, on second thought, scrap that. That’s not really true. I did dream and fantasize about all those things and more, but

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Ancient Rhythm, though I traveled far, I am Africa!

I’ve been listening to a lot of old Calypso songs lately. This one really encapsulates my feelings as a child of the African Diaspora. Ancient Rhythm By Singing Sandra (2003) From across the continent that some once described as dark I feel a vibration, feel a rhythm, feel a spark When my spirit is feeling […]

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When the Motherland and the Diaspora meet

First, let me start by saying that African people, whether we’re directly from the continent, from the Caribbean Diaspora, born somewhere in Europe, where ever, are one! In that sense, I don’t distinguish between our culture. Diverse as it is, it’s all African culture to me. With that said however,

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What I miss in modern music

I love music, all kinds of music. From Bollywood songs about jingling jangling bangles, swaying hips and dia love flames, to soca songs about ramajay, rum and fête. From Motown classics to Coupé Decalé.

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Nursery Rhymes Nostalgia

I consider myself very blessed to be raised in one of the countries of the Diaspora where all the ethnic groups, whether they were of African or Asian descent, were able to retain a lot of their original culture. I recently stumbled upon these two lovely songs from my childhood. In the first song, children […]

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Suriname meets Ghana

This is a fragment from the documentary Katibo Yeye. It’s a pity they didn’t post the whole documentary online. Every African (in diaspora) should see this video. Especially From the 06:00 minute mark on, it gets very interesting. It amazes me every time I see it…:-) There are some ignorant Africans in Diaspora that claim […]

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I am that I am

I am dreamy. I can spend hours and hours and hours just daydreaming. About everything.Complete Harlequin romance novels are visualized in my mind when I daydream about that initial gaze full of amazement from that dashing, charming and witty black prince at a party of my fabulous friends or that chance meeting with him in […]

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