Nov 26, 2011

Ethnic pride in Trinidad and Tobago | A Blessing or a Curse?

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This is a Guest Post by my friend Dorrick Nurse aka Dancerboy from the Wack Radio Shoutbox. He is passionate about our homeland and very concerned about our current race relations. The article is presented here for your dissemination.

Here is the article:
There is a heightened awareness of ethnic pride in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. There has always been the Chinese Association; exclusive clubs like the Queen's park cricket club, hockey teams such as Casuals and Shamrock which were exclusively local whites. However, those ethnic groups were in the minority (and still are). Estimates put the current ethnic composition at, East Indians, 40.3%, Afro-Trinidadians, 40%, 18% mixed, 0.6 % white, and 1.2% Chinese and other, which will also include a diminishing Amerindian ethnicity.  Whilst ethnic pride is admirable, it’s anathema (a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction) to nation-building in a small country as T&T, with two major ethnic groups.

In the US,  ethnic pride flourishes, e.g there is the Italian-America, Afro-American, German-American, Chinese-American, and several other ethnic hybrid. Ironically, one does not hear about “White-American”, or “Caucasian-American”, because they are seen and recognized, not only as the dominant, but the ruling elite. All other hybrid ethnicity's, though holding on tenaciously to their identity, are blended into one big “Melting Pot”. Unfortunately, in T&T there is no such “Melting Pot”, so the ethnic ingredients rather than being blended, are being coagulated separately. And this is a recipe for disaster.

Given the numerical equality of the two major ethnicity, and their distinctly different social, political, and economic approach to life, there will be an inevitable jostling for ethnic supremacy. This jostling for ethnic supremacy could lead to unsavory divisions. I hope, and pray that my prognosis is off base.

In Toto (in all), I hope the politicians (all politicians) would get together, and have a frank and honest discourse on this potentially explosive development. This is not a pinprick, it could lead to people being pilloried. 

We need to heed the Jamaican’s Motto: "Out of Many, One People". That’s the only way forward to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.    

Santiwah:
Unless we realize that nation building does not and should not adhere to political beliefs (as in PNM are for people of African ancestry and PP is all about East Indians) then we will remain mired in the mud volcanoes of the 'Devil's Woodyard' still foolishly 'trying to spin top in mud'. These politicians talk about integration but continuously use race to divide for political gain. In TnT, instead of coming together, there appears to be a further division in the society based on race.  

In DB's article the bracketed words in purple were added for clarity and simplicity by Santi.

Nov 17, 2011

Foolish Man and his Dream!

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Patrick Manning must believe that the people at the helm of the People's Partnership are as foolish as he was to call general elections before the required time as he did. He paid the ultimate price and lost control of not only governing the country but also the leadership of his party. Now he is brazenly 'begging' the People's Partnership to do the same... As a good Trini would say: "I nevah see more foolishness!"

Here is a clip from the Trinidad Express: SoE has failed, call general election, says Manning

The People's Partnership government must call a general election because the State of Emergency has failed, former prime minister Patrick Manning said yesterday.
Speaking at his third press conference called at his Coffee Street, San Fernando office, Manning, who has twice lost snap general elections that he called, said the State of Emergency was the government's ultimate weapon.
"If that has failed, what you are saying to the national community is that I have fired my best shot, it has not worked, I have no other shots to fire, and the time has come for the population to decide what it wants to do. That is the only way forward."

Good luck with that wish Mr. Ex Prime Minister. This is one wish Santa would not be granting for this Christmas!

Nov 15, 2011

Drink It Up (Break-In-Trance Riddim) - Umi Marcano

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I just can't believe those naysayers who are crying down Trinidad and Tobago's music. Damn 2012 is already on fire and this Umi Marcano's song on the Break-In-Trance Riddim will burn down fete after fete after fete!

This music solidifies the talent of Madmen and to be honest I will be drinking the Kool-Aid when it comes to supporting the work of Madmen the upgrade (of course). Now in order for song to be a hit you don't just need good music but a talented singer is also essential. One cannot say anything about the testosterone flowing in Umi's body. The young man is a stud in any producer's stable. He can blow and man did he sing on this one.

I endorse this track and expect good things regarding the tracks success. This one should cross borders and move across the Carnival scene into the clubs. It has the potential to be a hit in Europe first and then gradually seep into the hearts and minds of the Americans whom are now gravitation to Island Pop music. This one has that sweet techno beat to it and is fast paced in typical West Indian Style but not too fast for the North American circuit. I love this song!

OK, so you got the feeling that I really like this one... it is presented here for promotional purposes only. Enjoy!
Umi Marcano – Drink It Up (Break-In-Trance Riddim) (Island Pop) 2012 ((Brand New)) Album: Madmen The Upgrade Produced,Mixed & Mastered By: Madman Johann For Madmen.

♫ Please press the play button (below) to listen (small triangle in circle).

Nov 8, 2011

D'Curfew is Over | Let the Fetes Begin!

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Well, it had to come at some time and this is a really good time for the business and entertainment industries that have lost major income because of the Curfew restrictions.
The fete promoters should be ecstatic now that they will be able to promote their "nite-fetes" (Curfew fetes or lockup/locked in parties are over and done with for now). The party scene will be swinging again with all these new songs being released with no venue to flex and relax and lime - now they can.
The lime is on and it will be a mad rush to get the fetes going. Last night Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar lifted the curfew associated with the current State of Emergency. Take a deep breath Trinis but be aware that the State of Emergency is still in effect.

The curfew is over but that does not mean that the government and police will tolerate any lawlessness! New measures will be in place to ensure that during this festive period that the people can conduct their business without fear but that does not mean that the criminals will be resting. The government intends to  “We will expand CCTV across cities, malls and vulnerable areas and increase the number of mobile patrols.  “We will introduce a range of specifically targeted social and cultural initiatives to strengthen community life.  “An employment creation intervention to generate 20,000 jobs in low income communities will begin shortly.”

Now the business of  Carnival can start with renewed fervor, the Parang Association can now schedule their competition to the normal times and put an end to the "Daytime Parang" festivities. Hopefully the nation can take a deep breath and begin anew. It is hoped that the crime rate will be kept in check during this period. The government has stated that they reserve the right to implement limited curfew to areas that they consider to be a problem.

Let us hope that the government continues its push against the criminal elements in the society and ensure that there is peace in the land. People need to know that they can, once again, leave their homes and go out and 'take a lime' and return home safely. Let us hope that this is the start of good things for the country.
Photo from the Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. Link to the article here: The curfew is over...but state of emergency remains. 

Nov 1, 2011

Trinidad and Tobago Achieves Developed Country Status!

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Now this is an interesting development... what do you think about this? Do you think that this is a good development or would it mean more hardships ahead? Give us your feedback using the comment feature on this post.

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