Author: Kim Johnson

  • Lt. Joseph Nathaniel Griffith – the Bajan that taught a band to play

    Lt. Joseph Nathaniel Griffith – the Bajan that taught a band to play

    This is the story of Bajan Lt. Joseph Nathaniel Griffith who was the Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra (TASPO)  musical director which debuted at the Festival of Britain at the South Bank Exhibition in London on 26th July 1951.  At the time TASPO was probably the most technically advanced steelband in the world.  Bajan: Lt. Griffith…

  • Cecil Ward  (Bajan Cecil) – early pan pioneer Trinidad

    Cecil Ward (Bajan Cecil) – early pan pioneer Trinidad

    Bajan John Archer was so notorious in Trinidad & Tobago at the turn of the twentieth century that his nickname “Badjohn” entered that nation’s vocabulary. He was one of many Bajans who contributed significantly to Trinidad & Tobago’s history and culture. Take for instance pan, that quintessential Trini art form. It’s early development was accelerated…

  • How “badjohn” became a word

    How “badjohn” became a word

    badjohn – nounA man willing to use violence and who likes being known as a dangerous person; a ruffian, hooligan or miscreant.  An illusion to Bajan  John “Bad John” Archer, a criminal who figured prominently in Trinidad in the early 20th century. Of the countless jailbirds to tread this island, none has cast a longer…