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Looking for Lisle of “My little island home”

Dear BFP

I was wondering if you had any information on a man who called himself “Lisle”. I met him in 1979 in Barbados. He recorded a record called “My Little Island Home”. I was just thinking about him and wondered if he was still kicking it?

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks, “B”

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Goodbye to Whitney Houston – We loved you too…

Whitney Houston: August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012

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Barbados Tourism spokesperson Rihanna Tweets she’s smoking marijuana

Press reports Rihanna looked ‘relaxed’… No kidding!

‘Got my kush rolled and glass full!’

Our multi-million dollar Barbados Tourism Authority spokesperson just announced to the world that she’s smoking ganga in Hawaii where it’s not legal but the law looks the other way.

In a series of obviously “set-up candid” photos published in the Daily Mail, Bim’s wild child is smoking what appears to be a small cigar. At least it looks like a cigar and I don’t see any seeds popping when she downloads a lungful.  😉   (Cliverton here. I guess that tells you something ’bout me.)

If it looks like a small cigar, how do we know that Rihanna is smoking grass then? Easy… she told the world on Twitter!

So it’s all a big staged event. Rihanna “gets caught” smoking ‘erb and the world talks about her for 48 hours. Like whips, dwarf porn stars and private parts hanging out in the breeze it’s all planned for maximum shock value and maximum publicity.

Good for Rihanna. Hope she makes lots of money ’cause that’s obviously very important to the girl. I don’t have a daughter and I’ve ruined several daughters of other men myself so what do I care? Smoke away, baby. Make money and have a ball! None of my business.

Except… Rihanna represents Barbados Tourism Authority. She signed a multi-million dollar, multi-year deal to publicize Barbados Tourism. She’s a big name – maybe the biggest name – in music these days so the DLP Government decided they wanted a piece of the action.

Oh… did I mention that she’s also our Youth Ambassador? Presumably that means she’s a great example for our youth and to show the world what our youth is all about.

Barbados is holding a security conference next week because drugs are endemic in the region and closely linked with violence and other crimes… but the BTA spokesperson Rihanna says “Got my kush rolled…”

Does anybody else see a problem with this or am I the only person?

Am I a hypocrite? I don’t know… you tell me. Sure I’ve smoked a little ‘erb in my life and unlike President Clinton, I did inhale. Deeply. I may have even been supercharged a few times and if you don’t know what that is I congratulate you upon your good character. It also proves that you never met the girl we used to call ‘Wild Thing’ but that’s another story for another day.

That’s me. I also drink rum to excess and as I said before I’ve ruined more daughters than anyone else I know.

I am who I am… but then again, I’m not paid millions to be a public spokesperson for the Barbados Tourism Authority.

Tell you one thing: if Prime Minister Stuart wants to pay me the same money as Rihanna, I’ll quit all my bad habits right now and I guarantee that nobody will photograph me smoking dope when I’m supposed to be the BTA spokesperson.

Now where the ‘ell be that bottle of Mount Gay dark?

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Blues masters on a Saturday night


BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Jeff Beck

Only B.B. King would dare to call Eric Clapton “son”. heh heh…

As for me, work is over and I’m on my way home to my Sweet Little Angel.

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The Story of Lover’s Rock

What is there to say about Lover’s Rock except – if you haven’t made it doing the Lover’s Rock, then you really haven’t done the lover’s rock.

Barbados-born Menelik Shabbaz

Whether you’re smiling at that, or you don’t know what I mean, have a watch of the trailer for Menelik Shabbaz’s new documentary The Story of Lover’s Rock. Contrast Lover’s Rock with some of the things you see happening at Crop Over and you’ll understand the difference between class and crass – between love and something else. I won’t go into the memories because I don’t want to be too self-indulgent, but oh the memories!

Shabbaz, rightly called the Godfather of Black British Film, was born Bajan and left for the U.K. at six years old. His filmography is not as extensive as fans would like it to be, but as he explained in this interview at RiceNpeas.com, in the 80’s and 90’s it was difficult to get backing for films outside of the Eurocentric worldview.

History, music, racism and West Indians making their stand in the UK

The Story of Lover’s Rock sold out on opening last August. When was the last time you saw a documentary do that? I haven’t seen the film, but after seeing the trailer it’s number one on my list.

Cliverton

Film website: The Story of Lover’s Rock

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Kid Nepro broadcasts Christmas to the world

Long time readers know that I, Cliverton, once went to school in Ohio. I am reminded of one brutal winter where I stayed indoors for three months and relied upon my girlfriend to bring the necessities to the dorm. She smuggled in the rum and herself. What a girl! She’s probably respectably married with children by now and good for her.

She loved to skate but I couldn’t do so much as stand up on the ice for more than a few seconds. That’s probably why we didn’t work out. 😉

My memories of freezing in the dorm were triggered by receiving Steve Proto’s Christmas YouTube broadcast. Steve is a professional musician and producer who moved to Barbados from New York City ten years ago. He works with local talent on a volunteer basis and as Marcus said of him in a 2006 post It is always inspiring to see somebody helping others from the simple goodness of their heart.

Merry Christmas to you too, Kid Nepro!

Some Kid Nepro links…

http://www.kidnepro.com (kid nepro homepage)

http://www.kidnepro.com/blog (blog and podcast)

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Rihanna as The Beverly Hillbillies – loses 2.4 million dollars overnight (American $: that’s real money!)

RiRi’s Beverly Hills mansion purchased in 2009 for 6.9 million – now listed for 4.5 million

by Nevermind Kurt

Rihanna got plucked like a chicken by the fancy Beverly Hills real estate crowd – but the truth is that she was little more than a rich teenager with zero life experience when in 2009 she bought a renovated home held out to be the latest, greatest and “worthy” of an international Star.

Too bad Rihanna didn’t have enough experience to make an informed decision on a multi-million dollar property purchase – because the home was almost 50 years old. Any fool purchasing a 50 year old home would have looked for certain indicators of problems: but not Rihanna, who got suckered. Any fool could have seen that the porch she now complains about was a natural funnel to direct rainwater into the structure of the home. (Clue: when the porch deck is two inches higher than the door it slopes towards, rain will run into the home. DUH!)

Rihanna: Another naive lottery winner

To paraphrase P.T. Barnum (or David Hannum or Hungry Joe Lewis for the purists), “There’s a sucker born every minute and woe to any young and naive lottery winner”

That is what Rihanna is when you get right down to it: a young lottery winner with no experience at money.

Rihanna fit the formula: thin, pretty, darker skin but without negro facial features to distract the mass markets. Lots of energy. Trainable. Voice? Doesn’t matter much these days because the computers take care of that whether in the studio or live on stage.

The product was trained, packaged, tweaked and mass-marketed. The product made big money for Robyn Rihanna Fenty and her creators.

To earn money is one thing. To hold onto it is another.

Rihanna launched a lawsuit last August against everybody in sight including the home builder, the former owner, her real estate agent and home inspector and probably the paperboy too.

The lawyers will be the only winners right now, but Rihanna might be a winner if she learns from this.

There is danger ahead for our young lottery winner.

If Rihanna doesn’t learn to handle money and to look after her own affairs – if she doesn’t stop hosting $20,000 dollar nights on the town – if she doesn’t realize that her income potential and popularity have a shelf life…

If she doesn’t start saving and wisely planning for the future… Rihanna might end up like so many other former superstars.

My advice to the bad girl: It doesn’t matter at all how much you make. What counts is how much you keep.

Further Reading…

The Real Estalker: Monday Morning Morsel: Rihanna

Forbes: Rihanna’s rain-soaked home for sale

Zillow real estate listing for Rihanna’s home

TMZ: Rihanna – I Got Duped Into Buying a Crappy Mansion

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I’m from the West Indies – Shane Free has the magic!


Got Bajan? Can I?

I’ve been a Shane Free fan since he accidentally dropped his brand new guitar, put a big ding into it and laughed it off. (Can’t let them see you cry on stage!) That will let Shane know when I first saw him. His fingers were flying that night and if I had half the talent in his hands I’d be about four times as good as I am now. (I don’t deserve that new Telecaster for Christmas I know – but darlin’ you know I’d love it.)

As far as Shane’s voice and song writing goes – no contest. I bow to genius.

Thanks to Matt and all the friends at Guerrilla Remote for producing Shane’s best video to date. That’s what happens when you’re in Barbados and having a great time – The creativity just flows like rum on a Friday night at Oistins. And I hear that wasn’t such a bad time either!

Marcus

Check out Guerrilla Remote and their YouTube channel for other great videos.

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Howlin’ Wolf, Grape Hall and Saturday Night

Oh yeah. We’re going to be a little naughty tonight. The boys have permission to sleep over at Clive’s place, not that there will be much sleeping. No worries: we’ll be well supervised by Auntie across the way so there’s no chance of anybody getting too carried away.

Once in a while the boys have to get together and pretend we can still do it. Maybe after Christmas I’ll have that Tele Thinline Deluxe (with the Humbuckers) I’ve been waiting for. Or maybe not.

Thanks for understanding,  Sugar!

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Rihanna explains to Vogue readers how Bajans normally call each other “C_NT”

“Being raised in Barbados apparently left Rihanna clueless about the offensive nature of the word “c**t”.”

… Ace ShowBiz Mag

Will somebody, anybody – BTA, PM Stuart – please fire the girl?

submitted by BFP reader”Zing”, with Cliverton

Rihanna wore her CUNT necklace in a Chapel in Brazil

Barbados is an upscale tourism and offshore investment destination. Our potential tourists and investment clients will surely realise that we’re a classy place because – according to Barbados Tourism Authority spokesperson Rihanna –  we normally address each other using the “C” word.

As in (and I quote Rihanna) “Hey Cunt, get over here.”

We at Barbados Free Press always thought that Rihanna was the wrong choice for a Barbados Tourism Authority representative because the demographic that appreciates her music and public persona is not the upscale demographic we hope to attract to Barbados. Our country (or is that “cuntry”?) can’t be competitive in mass-market tourism and Rihanna as our spokesperson doesn’t resonate with the folks who have money… or class. Do we really need more proof?

We get all excited that Rihanna is doing the cover for British Vogue, and then she uses the “C” word in one of the world’s most prestigious fashion magazines and makes it worse by saying that “cunt” is representative of how Bajans normally address folks in classy Barbados.

Black Bajans speak that way, according to Rihanna. She says that whites want to see her behave as a role model, while most black Bajans are happy to call each other cunts.

Classy, Rihanna – but count me out and, I suspect, count out the majority of other black Bajans too.

Rihanna also has a “cunt” necklace that she wears to chapel (above), and she’s been known to tweet the word to her 3 million social network followers. That’s our Barbados Tourism Authority girl!

Please. Mr. Prime Minister, Barbados Tourism Authority… it’s time. Please.

The sooner the better.

Rihanna announces she doesn’t want to be a role model. Then why did she agree to be our BTA spokesperson and Culture and Youth Ambassador?

Being raised in Barbados apparently left Rihanna clueless about the offensive nature of the word “c**t”. Addressing her use of the foul word in the November issue of British Vogue, the “Only Girl (In the World)” hitmaker defended herself as saying, “That word is so offensive to everyone in the world except for Bajans.”

“You know African-Americans use the n-word to their brothers? Well, that’s the way we use the c-word,” the 23-year-old singer continued to explain. “When I first came here, I was saying it like it was nothing, like, ‘Hey, c-nt,’ until my make-up artist finally had to tell me to stop. I just never know.”

In the interview, Riri also said that being a role model was never part of her plan. “See, people – especially white people – they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead,” she complained. “The things I say in my songs, they expect it of me and [being a role model] became more of my job than I wanted it to be. But no, I just want to make music. That’s it.”

… from the Ace ShowBiz article Rihanna Defends Use of C-Word, Claims It’s Common in Barbados

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Sloe gin on a lonely Friday night


Joe Bonamassa helps me make it through a sticky-wet and miserable Friday night.

Don’t worry for me, my friends. I know the sun will shine tomorrow even if she doesn’t take my calls anymore.

Clive

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Politicians and voters – a visual illustration


Because it’s Monday morning and we all need a smile with our coffee!

“… campaigns once depended on rousing oratory by stump speakers but now feature expensive rallies with musical acts and other entertainment; the political speakers are an annoyance that the audience must endure.”

… from a WikiLeaks US Embassy cable talking about political campaign funding in Barbados.

Our thanks to an old friend for sending us the video!

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Friday night = I got them old Barbados blues again

Marcus & Cliverton – We Ain’t Drunk… we just drinkin’ !

Five years ago I confessed that Clive and I love the blues. Old blues, new blues, deep south, Chicago, Texas blues – we love it all. I’ve been playing this old made-in-Mexico piece of trash Strat for 10 years, but alas, I have no talent. I have less than no talent. All the practice in the world cannot compensate for the stupidity and shortness of my fingers. I guess God put the length into all of my legs and left my fingers short. (Just as well, says Shona!) 😉

I would love a new Telecaster (Made in the USA) with a Humbucker in the neck position but it’s never going to happen. Way too much money and I don’t deserve it.

But I do love the blues and tonight we’re going to look at two of the masters: Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan. (Clive is moaning that he wants Joe Strummer of the Clash included in the list because Joe played a Telecaster like Collins does, but Clive is absolutely blitzed right now so pay no attention.)

Friends, it has been a while since Clive and I did this together but it is good for the soul. Forgive me my love!

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Charles Bradley’s question – on a Friday night in Grape Hall

Also recommended: The World is Going Up in Flames

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Maachelle Farley teaches much more than piano

“The best thing we’ve done…”

I had to smile when I saw the email advertisement for Piano is Life sent around by our friends at Carib E-Trader (caribetrader.net).

“Build your child’s discipline and learning skills through piano tuition…”

How true that is, or could be – but it all depends upon the teacher. Parents can push all they want but if the teacher doesn’t love to teach and love young people, the kids sense that right away and it sets the stage for failure. Sorry to tell the truth, but too many musicians only “teach” to make money. It’s not what they are really about – they save their real love  and energy for the weekend gigs.

Maachelle Farley arrived home in Barbados with her music degree in hand and a burning desire to share her love and gift of piano with young people. Everyone knows that she has talent. Anyone who’s seen her play or sing at church or elsewhere can attest to that. But can she teach? And can she teach children?

Let me tell you…

Last November Maachelle opened her Piano is Life studio and according to our friends more than a few parents have discovered that she is delivering on her promises. The children are learning to play, and more: they are enthusiastic about their lessons and about practicing. Maachelle is practically bubbly with enthusiasm and love of music and the kids catch that from her.

For obvious reasons I can’t provide more details but I will tell you this… our friends say that going to Maachelle was “The best thing we’ve done…” for their child. They describe Maachelle as “half teacher, half coach”. They say they have seen a change in their child that goes way beyond playing piano. The child is more serious about everything and is focused on working hard to achieve goals of which music is just one.

I wondered if that was just normal development that the parents are seeing, but our friends credit Maachelle Farley with a big part of the maturing they see with their child. Who am I to argue?

So good luck to Maachelle as she continues to build her teaching career and reputation among parents. It’s also encouraging to see someone who could have made a good life for themselves in New York City or London decide to return home.

Why not give your child the opportunity to try piano lessons. You never know…

Piano is Life
Maachelle Farley

#128 Plum grove Christ Church, Barbados
Hours: Tues – Sat: 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 239-2487 / 420-9051
Email: pianoislife.mkf@gmail.com

Oops: Shona reminded me that Maachelle teaches adults too!

Photo: From the last Piano is Life recital. Definitely NOT the child I’m talking about in our post. PhotoShop treatment by Shona.

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Happy Independence Day to our American friends


America The Beautiful. A little number from Ray Charles – a man I never realized I appreciated until the moment he was gone.

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Rihanna as Tourism Ambassador: Smart move, Good deal, or drowning man grasping at a life preserver?

by Nevermind Kurt

The world’s news media is still full of Rihanna and Barbados stories in the aftermath of the announcement that Barbados entered into a three year promotional deal with the Bajan-born singer. Rihanna will exclusively promote Barbados as a wonderful tourism destination and is kicking it all off with a concert in Barbados on August 5, 2011.

Presumably Barbados is paying the star, but it is unclear if big money is trading hands or if Rihanna is mostly lending a hand to her home country in difficult times. Perhaps Barbados is paying only a nominal amount and the contract is only a necessary formality to allow Rihanna to retain control of her brand. Whatever the arrangement, Rihanna will be doing commercials and promoting Barbados using the power of her fame and her image.

“Presumably the Barbados tourism adverts will not show Rihanna’s genitalia hanging out as she squats on stage or slides out of a limo in true commando fashion – but maybe that’s part of the plan. Who knows?”

The fallacy of “There’s no bad publicity”

Fame is one thing, image is another though – and it is Rihanna’s image that might be the two-edged sword in this arrangement. Some have said that there is no bad publicity, but I have a feeling that Congressman Anthony Wiener might disagree with that statement. As the Huffington Post puts it, Wiener’s support has “gone limp.

Suppose Congressman Wiener had been a Barbados Tourism Ambassador?

Mr. Wiener isn’t a Barbados Tourism Ambassador, but suppose he was? There would be a moment of awkward embarrassment, and then he would be tossed aside like the brands dumped Tiger Woods when the world and his wife discovered that he wasn’t the wholesome family guy he’d pretended to be. That’s why endorsement contracts usually have a few clauses that allow for the termination of the contract if the celebrity’s image gets into trouble.

Beggars can’t be choosers

Beggars can’t be choosers though, and I’d wager that whatever contract Barbados signed with Rihanna doesn’t mention anything about termination if the star’s image takes a tumble due to behaviour.

It can be argued that Barbados already knows that Rihanna’s personal life and stage performances haven’t exactly been great examples for our young people and that her occasionally shocking behaviour is part of a cultivated performance image – but her name is famous and we should take advantage of this opportunity to promote our seriously ill tourism industry and failing economy. “Any port in a storm and any life preserver that floats” shouldn’t be ignored in the current economic tempest, and that’s probably not an inaccurate representation of what is happening here. Continue reading

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We really miss Rihanna, the girl we knew and prayed for

The Rolling Stone interview of our Barbados Ambassador for Culture and Youth is just terrible.

Rihanna’s hit single “S&M” is semi-autobiographical. “Being submissive in the bedroom is really fun,” she says. “You get to be a little lady, to have somebody be macho and in charge of your shit. That’s fun to me…I like to be spanked. Being tied up is fun. I like to keep it spontaneous. Sometimes whips and chains can be overly planned – you gotta stop, get the whip from the drawer downstairs. I’d rather have him use his hands.”

Sigh.

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