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An excerpt from Steinberg Henry’s “Calypso Drift.” PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 00:18

The following is an excerpt from Steinberg Henry’s “Calypso Drift.” In this excerpt, author and broadcaster Alex Bruno speaks with June “Sandy” Soanes – a 2007 conversation. Here goes --

… I read a marvelous morning, even one bearing signs of an erotic linguistic unfolding on radio. Its spoken language continued to amuse me.

Calypso DriftBruno and Sandy made passing reference to Lady Christine, Black Panther, Diva Niocah, Lady Edna, and Jah Lee. Like Sandy, the charming Jah Lee had quadrilled into calypso’s circle again, wearing three-quarter heels! Sandy conceded that the real veteran calypso woman is Yakima, who had been sculpting the art for the last eighteen years, making a contribution in each of those years. “That’s somebody that really loves calypso,” said Sandy. “We, as women, we should appreciate that, and we should come together because Yakima is a cool person. She has been there, she has been the stepping stone, and through Yakima, I entered because that was the only woman who was there when I came. So I big-up Yakima.” That’s love! I remember when Yakima sang “Women Wearing De Pants,” chanting, “Wake up my brothers / wake up / is we wear de pants / today you wearing de skirt.” That must’ve been the late-’80s male redefinition period when what it meant to be male was already dismantling. Sandy would go on to thank Ian Jackson and praised Tim Durand, who, for three years, kept her ship of song afloat. “I really like to big him up, not forgetting that he wrote for me and without him I would not be here.” That’s gratitude. Good for you, Sandy!

“When I came back,” she continued, “it was kind of difficult for me because I had left so long. Seeing that there were other women in the competition, I was a bit nervous. I was wondering if my people, if my fans still remembered me. And to tell you the truth, on the first night of showdown—one of two calypso tents—I felt great to see that my Dominican people did not forget me.”

Jah Lee, who lived in New York and Dominica, called from Dominica with tinges of a New Yorker’s accent. “Sandy, keep it up. I watched you last night.” Sandy, who had been living in New York until she decided to return, thanked her.

A female caller. “Hello, Sandy, morning. All you, run de song. I know you can do it. Man even doh you doh make it to get de crong, you will make it—at leas’ in my top ten you dere. And, Alex, lemme tell you something, Jah Lee didn’t go an compete, you know. De lady is an honest lady you know. De woman cut her neck long before deir judge tell her anyting, you know.” Hearing it spoken with so much energy, such incomparable vivaciousness, such water-clear tones and cadence with “man” at the beginning of the sentence, vellicated my passion for linguistic codes. Somewhere in my psyche, I knew there was something I was understanding better from a distance. To me, and I must stress to me, it was phonetically captivating.

n Excerpted from Calypso Drift/Chapter 80. Available at www.xlibris.com , and Amazon in hard and soft covers and as an e-book for your PC and tablet --

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0 #3 coocz 2014-02-23 08:03
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0 #2 Leonard 2014-02-16 17:11
Steinberg Henry is originally from Waitukubuli, present-day Dominica. Currently, he resides just outside Atlanta, a city known for its music history. He is father, passionate communicologist drawn to entertainment education, healing arts and philosophy. By dint of a visual difference, he’s fast becoming advocate for persons with disabilities. Calypso Drift is his third work, the other two being As She Returns (2009 -- second edition due in 2014) and An Unassuming Love (2011). Cover Concept: Steinberg Henry Photograph: Greg John Baptiste Sketches: Darius Ettiene Sketch Management: G Seteira Henry & Z Colberg Henry
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0 #1 Georgia PRWEB 2014-02-16 17:06
Georgia (PRWEB) January 22, 2014

Author Steinberg Henry has transformed his love for global and island entertainment education and culture into 14 segments and 119 chapters integrating sketches, leaps in consciousness, methods and disciplines with skill surprising.

“Calypso Drift” passes by way of an island Parliament, Dread/Rastafari, memorable black-sand beaches, religious systems, the KwÉyòl language business, high-school learning remembrances, a touch of Kalinago sensibility and, American song selections on Caribbean radio in the 70s and 80s. Its last fifty chapters ascend into Dominican calypso lyrics over a seven-year period with a critical and interpretive quality that unmasks the island’s rich culture.

Since the writer worked “Calypso Drift” from New York and Georgia he offers a captivating tale from the diaspora, about how American society sparks developments in island culture, music and history

Essentially, the writer reminds us that American song is just as special to the fecundity of island culture as island peoples and song are to the blooming of American society and culture.

As “CalypsoDrift” is presented in text form, it serves as a trace for persons using other formats to research island culture.

“Calypso Drift” serves as source for those in print media, electronic media, video and film producers, bloggers, social media enthusiasts and students eager to source material on case studies regarding West Indian/Caribbean and global culture.

This volume therefore draws their attention to a record of song lyrics and the critical context in which they were written. It also shows how significant song poets are to any society. Moreover, it is written to provide a methodology for recording a country’s culture to serve as history.

”Calypso Drift” cautions that each and every nation must keep a history of its entertainment culture.

Steinberg Henry believes that archiving and presentation of Dominica’s culture, interrelated as it is with all other world cultures, is just as crucial.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Steinberg Henry is originally from Waitukubuli, present-day Dominica. Currently, he resides just outside Atlanta, a city known for its music history. He is father, passionate communicologist drawn to entertainment education, healing arts and philosophy. By dint of a visual difference, he’s fast becoming advocate for persons with disabilities. Calypso Drift is his third work, the other two being As She Returns (2009 -- second edition due in 2014) and An Unassuming Love (2011).



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