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Banja in Barbados and its influence on calypso throughout the West Indies

The story of Banja and its development and its influence on calypso though the West Indies told by our guest contributor Roger Gibbs – who is Toronto based.  Here we re-publish Roger Gibbs’ video presentation: Early Calypso in Barbados.   In addition to the video Roger has also provided us with a transcript for those that …

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King Jaja of Opobo Memorial Statue

King Ja Ja, L’Année Passée and Rum & Coca-Cola

This is a follow-on to the well-known Barbadian folk song Millie Gone to Brazil and is how two classics songs L’Année Passée and Rum & Coca-Cola trace their heritage back to the Bajan folk song: King Ja Ja.  It is told by our guest contributor Roger Gibbs. King Ja Ja of Opobo King Ja Ja …

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TAPSO - Festival of Britain, July 1951

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 …

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Three Houses Sugar Factory, St. Philip, Barbados - 1954

Barbados Sugarworks 1640 – 1924 (Summary)

Jim Webster in collaboration with Francis Ward, has put together three posts for BajanThings all on the theme of Barbados Sugarworks.  This post brings together in one place three data tables: Ronnie Hughes: Barbadian Sugar Plantations Index 1640 – 1846 Barbados Almanacs: Plantations & Sugar-Works 1848 – 1871 Handbook of Barbados: Plantations & Sugar-Works 1912 …

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Small Hope, St. John, Barbados

Barbados Almanacs: Plantations & Sugar-Works 1848 – 1871

This is the third in our series of stories based upon transcriptions of old plantation sugar-works tables and records. Previously, we published the sugar-works listings from the Barbados Handbooks 1912 – 24 and the Ronnie Hughes Plantation list 1640 – 1846.  The latter was previously published on the plantations.bb website which no longer exists. The …

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Barbados Sugar Estate with Windmill and Factory

Ronnie Hughes: Barbadian Sugar Plantations Index 1640 – 1846

Ronald G. Hughes: Barbadian Sugar Plantations 1640 to 1846 index was compiled from deeds, wills, maps, census, newspapers, surveyors’ plans and correspondence. The basis of this listing was Ronnie Hughes seminar paper 1977/78, Department of History, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, titled: “Barbadian Sugar Plantations 1640 to 1846“. Over the ensuing years …

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P/O Andrew Cole in Lockheed Hudson cockpit

The Beautiful Blonde in the Bank – F/L Andrew Leslie Cole AFC RAF

Errol Barrow was Andrew Cole’s navigator while he was in the RAF, firstly with 88 Squadron during World War II and for two years post-war they both flew with the BAFO Communications Squadron, assigned to Commander-in-Chief and Military Governor of the British Occupation Zone in Germany, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir William Sholto …

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Forster Hall, St. , Barbados

Handbook of Barbados: Plantations & Sugar-Works 1912 – 1924

Handbook of Barbados – 1912. 1913, 1914. A handbook is sometimes referred to as a: vade mecum (Latin, “go with me”) or pocket reference or quick reference guide. Wikipedia The Handbooks of Barbados, during the period of 1912 – 14, presented a comprehensive guide to most everything about Barbados: part visitor guide, weather guide, political …

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