Daily Archives: March 13, 2008

Angélique Kidjo At Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts – Saturday April 5th


Cliverton Shares His Latest Infatuation

For anyone seeking to know Cliverton’s true identity, here’s a clue…

Clive has been playing Angélique Kidjo’s music non-stop for about a month now. Yes, we love Angélique Kidjo too, but even love needs a break. We figure the only way to stop the 24 hour concert at Clive’s place is to announce his addiction to the rest of the island. 😉

There. He’ll have to at least use headphones now.

Clive, we’d buy you a ticket to Brooklyn if we could. For those who are in the New York area on Saturday, April 5, 2008, it should be one fantastic concert. If she does her cover of Hendrix’s Voodoo Child that alone would be worth the price of the flight.

Click on the photo for Angélique Kidjo’s website where you can hear her new album in full quality.

Here’s some of the details about Angélique Kidjo and the Brooklyn Center concert…

2008 Grammy Award Winner
Angélique Kidjo
At Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its World Stages series with world music artist Angélique Kidjo on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 8pm.

Angélique Kidjo, winner of the Best Contemporary World Album 2008 Grammy Award for Djin Djin, brings her exquisitely expressive style to the Walt Whitman Theatre, exploring the relationships between diverse musical cultures with her blend of funk, salsa, Afro-pop, Caribbean zouk, Congolese rumba, and gospel music. This Benin-born, Brooklyn-based singer crosses musical boundaries and, in doing so, seeks to unite different world cultures through her music.

On Djin Djin, Ms. Kidjo sings in her native language of Yoruba as well as in English and in French and performs duets with Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Joss Stone, Ziggy Marley, Amadou and Mariam, and Branford Marsalis. The title Djin Djin refers to the sound of a bell in Africa that greets the new day.


Filed under Africa, Celebrities, Music

Cost Of The Panama Canal: 500 Dead Per Mile – Mostly Black Bajans


The Americans say that they built the Panama Canal but the voices of 25,000 dead labourers say otherwise. We will probably never know the exact toll from Barbados, but the historians who I have read agree that the bulk of labourers on the project were black Bajans. The history section of the Panama Canal Authority website confirms this also.

The photo above was taken September 2, 1909 and shows the deck of the S.S. Ancon arriving in Panama with 1500 Bajans to work on the canal. How many eventually returned to Bridgetown and how many are buried in nameless graves in Panama? I wonder if our Barbados Museum has any records or if no one bothered to record the names of black men and women who left the island for Panama.

There is much information available on the net and you owe it to yourself to learn something of our ancestors who left home to work on the greatest construction project of the time.

Further Reading…

Panama Canal Authority Website

Canal Museum.com

BBC: Panama Canal Gallery

The Silver People Chronicle Blog – The story of West Indian people of Panama


Filed under Barbados, History, Jamaica