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102 year old Harlem Cotton Club dancer sees herself on film for the first time

Have a little more respect the next time you see some old lady going to market. That old lady used to be a babe!

Had to post this. God bless Alice Barker and all the others who were unappreciated, used and cast aside by Hollywood and promoters for so many years.

Alice… If we’d have been born in the same time, I’d have followed you around like a little puppy dog.

Cliverton

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What’s up with Mark Daghorn and Rising Records?

Mark Daghorn Barbados Music

Editor’s Note: The following is only one of many letters and complaints we’ve had in the last while concerning Mark Daghorn (photo above) and Rising Records.

We remind BFP readers that this was sent anonymously to BFP – an anonymous blog and should be taken with a big dose of salt.

We offer Mr. Daghorn or anyone the space to reply to these accusations publicly, in the same space and to the same audience.

Without further delay, here is one of the anonymous emails sent to BFP…

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF BARBADOS

FROM: http://www.facebook.com/MarkDaghornInfo

Mark Daghorn is/was known as the owner/director of Rising Records.  The UK based record label had a roster of over 40 bands and specialised in Heavy Metal, Hardcore, Death Metal, Black Metal & Grindcore.

http://www.metal-archives.com/labels/Rising_Records/260

Warning to bands about shady record label
November 29th, 2011, 02:29 PM

On Nov 29th 2011 a comment was posted to a music website by user Men With Ven claiming Rising Records was a front for a scam.  Within hours the story went viral and over the next few days various people who had dealt with Daghorn posted their own stories of dodgy dealings with him, corroborating the original posters ac­cusations.

http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/musicians-discussion/735127-warning-bands-about-shady-record-lab.html

Daghorn claimed the post was the working of a disgruntled band.  He responded to these accusations with intermittent threats of legal action whilst fleeing the UK for Barbados. He never followed through with any legal action as he threatened.

Daghorn then proceeded to establish himself in Barbados and people he owed money to in the UK were ignored, fired or offered more work which never materialised.  Continue reading

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Friday night Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay all over the world

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Happy Barbados! – I fell in love about ten times watching this video

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It’s even funny when you’re sober!

Must have played it a dozen times last night, and it’s still good for a laugh in the morning.

Oh… my head!

And on a workday too.

Shame. Shame is me.

I miss Marcus.

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NexCyx wins Ryan Seacrest’s contest!

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest compiled a list from YouTube of his favourite Maroon 5 covers for his “best Maroon 5 cover” contest. It turns out that NexCyx from little Barbados won the contest with 60% of the popular vote.

Well done! (An we hope BFP’s article sent them a few votes. Cliverton – can you tell us how many we sent?)

NexCyx WINS!

“Nexcited!”

It’s the only way to describe how local band Nexcyx feels after officially being announced as the winners of the RyanSeacrest.com March Music Madness contest for their version of Maroon 5′s Moves Like Jagger.

When online polls for the final had closed, NexCyx had earned more than 60 per cent of the vote. They beat four other artists and groups to take the top spot.

… full story at Barbados Today

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Vote for NexCyx at Ryan Seacrest’s website!

UPDATED: April 4, 2013

NexCyx WINS!

“Nexcited!”

It’s the only way to describe how local band Nexcyx feels after officially being announced as the winners of the RyanSeacrest.com March Music Madness contest for their version of Maroon 5′s Moves Like Jagger.

When online polls for the final had closed, NexCyx had earned more than 60 per cent of the vote. They beat four other artists and groups to take the top spot.

… full story at Barbados Today

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest compiled a list from YouTube of his favourite Maroon 5 covers for his “best Maroon 5 cover” contest. It turns out that NexCyx from little Barbados was selected and made it to Round 2.

Barbados, help your own win this GLOBAL contest…

Visit this link and vote NexCyx!

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“Gimme a ticket to Barbados, one way”

Funny, sad… and a little bit of de truth!

Avicii vs Nicky Romero: I could be the one.

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Van Cliburn and “My favourite chopping”

My favorite Chopin

Memories of Auntie

Van Cliburn died yesterday and there is not one in 100 people on this island who would recognize his name, let alone know who he was: one of the first 20th Century classical pianists to have rock star cult status.

I only know who he was because Auntie lived with us for her last ten years and she had one Cliburn ‘record’ that she loved and played over and over and over. And then played some more.

But Auntie called the album “My favourite choppin” as in chopping onions, not listening to ‘show-pan’.

We never had the heart to tell her.

When I read that Van Cliburn died I thought of Auntie and it made me sad and happy at the same time. I hope you don’t mind I shared that with you.

Robert

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Count your blessings in Barbados!

Landfill Harmonic makes us grateful for everything we have

There’s a space in the corner that I’ve set aside for the day I can afford the guitar of my dreams: a brand-new made in the USA semi-hollow Telecaster with a humbucker in the neck position and a single coil at the tail. I’ve been looking to own that little baby for ten years and I drop hints every Christmas but until things change for the better my dream guitar will have to wait. There will be no new guitars or anything else ’bout this place in 2013 and probably 2014 too.

But how bad do we have it, really?

An old friend sent us the Landfill Harmonic teaser. Lots of lessons in there about working hard, making do and looking after the children no matter how much money you don’t have.

How bad do we have it on this little rock? Not too bad at all, thank you!

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Tamara Marshall comes together at Carib Beach Bar

The audio doesn’t do justice to Tamara’s powerful delivery… but all in all it’s not bad for a little Flip camera that Ian Bourne won in a contest!

Thanks to The Bajan Reporter for “working” on a Saturday night!  🙂

 

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If Soca star Machel Montano came out as gay, what would happen?

Our old friend Karel McIntosh of Outlish Magazine takes a look at how mass media transforms attitudes to gays. But does the same apply to gay Soca artistes?

by Karel McIntosh Outlish Magazine

Studies show that people are likely to be less prejudiced towards gay people through parasocial contact via mass media. What this simply means is that you’re socialised through one-sided interaction. You know a lot about the other person – the celebrity who’s gay or the gay character in “Will & Grace” or “Sex & The City” – but the celebrity doesn’t know much about you.

And, through regular consumption, your prejudice levels begin to drop – most likely, I suppose, because you begin to see them as human characters, and not as “that gay man or woman”.

But does increased tolerance really mean that people are ready to see homosexuality, which is still viewed as an alternative lifestyle, represented on the big stage?

Would thousands jump up in Soca Monarch for a gay artiste? Would the grassroots in general admission go for it?

Would thousands jump up in Soca Monarch for a gay artiste? Would people be cool if a male singer put “he” where they’d have expected “she” in a song? Or would we really not care because, oh lawd…de song sweet!

Read the full Outlish Magazine article Soca and Sexuality: What if your Favourite Artiste was Gay?

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Mike Tompkins: One man, one voice – so many instruments

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mike Tompkins: LIVE!

We’ve been fans of Mike Tompkins for almost a month – that’s all. Yesterday he released his latest and it’s going viral.

One man, one computer, a few pads and a couple of mikes in his girlfriend’s apartment. THIS is what the internet is all about. THIS is why Sony Music, Virgin, CBS and all the rest are freaking. Tompkins is making a living with his voice, and if he keeps it up he might make a good living – marketing straight to his fans, selling songs through iTunes or giving them away in exchange for club dates where he can make some money too.

No 15% contract for this man like some beggar saying “Please Mr. Sony, please distribute my CD and take all the money.”

Music, fiction, politics, economies, freedom: The internet changed everything.

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Nation News finally does story on Miles Robertson, Adele’s musical director

Now if we can only get the Barbados Tourism Authority to wake up…

When golden-voiced Adele won big at the Grammys, The Nation did a huge spread on her music and her life…

… but The Nation said not one word about the Barbados-Adele connection:  musical director and Bajan Miles Robertson, who as much as anyone helped Adele to achieve all that she could with the talent she is blessed with.

Barbados Free Press covered the story at the time last February and posted Meet Adele’s musical director: Barbadian Miles Robertson. We also lamented that the Barbados Tourism Authority seems incapable of capitalizing on positive breaking news that is in any way linked to Barbados…

“Maybe we at BFP missed it, but at the moment Miles Robertson with his Adele connection sure looks like another opportunity missed by the BTA at a time when our country needs all the positive vibes and publicity we can get.”

So now The Nation has, as predicted by one of BFP’s readers, followed BFP’s lead and done a feature story on Miles Robertson.

The remaining question is whether or not the Barbados Tourism Authority has what it takes to embrace the free opportunities that come our way. Adrian Loveridge had some thoughts on that back in February. We wonder if Adrian has seen any progress since then.

The Nation: Going Miles with his music

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Before there was Michael Jackson… there was Rita Hayworth

Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

I never knew she was like this. I’m about 60 years too late.

Okay, that’s it… for the next three months I’m into Rita Hayworth’s movies, history and music. I’ll never look at a green dress again without thinking of a couple of scenes from this video.

Somewhere, I wonder if Michael Jackson and Rita Hayworth are doing some steppin’ out?

They would have been fabulous together!

Posted by Cliverton on a lonely Saturday morning

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We choose to remember Whitney Houston at her best


In loving Memory of Whitney Elizabeth Houston
Aug 9 1963 – Feb 11 2012

The Greatest Love Of All

The world said farewell, they let her go
Her music is the legacy others will know
Every song she sung she did devotedly

God never leaves our side and especially
Reaches out when we go astray
Encourages us back onto His guided way
And embraces us with the mercy we know
Train up the child in the way it should go
Endeavour and although you stumble, your heart
Should return to your humble start
Trust in the power you have within

Love of self, is loving God’s spirit that rids you from sin
Our children are our future, treat them, the songs say
Very earnestly, teach them well and let them lead the way
Every child should learn their depth inside

On the Lord depend and let Him reside
From early in their hearts and know

All you do in life is first processed by God and it will show
Loving yourself should come after you have given God His call
Learning to Love yourself is The Greatest Love Of All

With Deepest Sympathy to Family, Friends and Fans
Written by Khaidji

bajanpoetry.com

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Meet Adele’s musical director: Barbadian Miles Robertson

Hard work and talent

They say that no matter where you travel, you’ll find a Bajan – and last year that would have included on stage at the Royal Albert Hall when Miles Robertson played keyboards for British sensation (and big-time Grammy winner) Adele.

In the above video Miles talks about his career and how he ended up becoming Adele’s music director and keyboardist. You can see Miles on stage throughout the DVD ‘Adele – Live at the Royal Albert Hall’

So here’s another highly successful Barbadian that we’ve never seen featured on the CBC or showcased by the Barbados Tourism Authority. Yamaha seems to think enough of Miles Robertson that they signed him to a worldwide advertising campaign for Yamaha keyboards, but hey… maybe the BTA blew the entire budget on Rihanna.

The Yamaha campaign mentions that Miles is a Barbadian and talks about his musical family, Caribbean jazz and a host of wonderful little facts that make his story interesting. Why is the Barbados Tourism Authority never able to move quickly to capitalise on current events? When Adele took SIX Grammys in one evening and won in every category in which she was eligible – that is BIG NEWS that ties in with Barbados.

Maybe we at BFP missed it, but at the moment Miles Robertson with his Adele connection sure looks like another opportunity missed by the BTA at a time when our country needs all the positive vibes and publicity we can get.

Wake UP CBC and show a few Adele and Miles Robertson videos on TV8!

You can start with this one of Adele and Miles on stage at the Royal Albert Hall…

Hat Tip… give thanks to a friend

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