The Barbadian/Bajan Tag
I came across some tag videos on Youtube whereby you talk about your island/country and I decided to do a written version. However I changed some of the questions and added a few. So here is my version of the Bajan tag! Feel free to leave comments and ask questions about Barbados and I will answer as honestly as possible.
When was the last time I visited Barbados?
The last time I visited Barbados was Nov 2010 – Feb 2011, I went for the Christmas holidays and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It’s something about being home for Christmas, it’s not just down to being surrounded by loved ones but it doesn’t come across as commercial like it does in the U.K. When in Barbados you really get in the Christmas spirit because you hear the carols on the radio, people’s houses are decorated with lights and other Christmas decorations. All the malls and stores are decorated and then there are several Christmas concerts whether at church or otherwise. In all, the atmosphere is more alive in Barbados than in London where I’m currently staying.
Name a local dish you enjoy.
I ’m sorry but I cannot limit myself to just one dish! First I would say I love Cou-cou & Flying Fish (our national dish), Macaroni Pie & Baked Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie, Marlin and I love a Gap Burger!(the woman opposite Ship-Inn)
Are there any household items that represent your culture?
Well I have my Baje costume from Crop Over 2009 on my wall, it was too expensive to throw out LOL, a miniature flag, and a GIS shirt with 100 Great Barbadians logo and the trident and that’s about it.
What bajan slang do I use most?
Wha gine on? (what’s up)
I jus hay (nothing much happening)
Not nearly (expressing disinterest) for e.g. I’m not nearly interested in going out tonight.
Dah easy/ daz a small issue (not a big deal)
You int sure!
What do you like about Barbadian/Bajan culture?
I love everything about Crop Over (Carnival) the music, the atmosphere, the fetes (raves/clubbing), dancing etc. I like the general hospitality of the bajan people, like you know and talk to your neighbours and when you go to the bus stop and you find people there you greet them with Good Morning or what have you. I also like that bajans are pretty laid back so when celebrities visit the island they aren’t hassled or bombarded but instead allowed space to enjoy their holiday.
How do you know a bajan?
When every other word is ‘Rashole’
If they call someone a ‘Johnny’ when cursing
When they know how to wukup real stink
If they know bout tamarind balls and suckabubbies
If they quick to tell you bout yuh mudda
Yesterday the 3rd September 2011, marked a year of the passing of the six young women (Kellisha Olliviere, Shanna Griffith and Pearl Cornelius, Kelly-Ann Welch, Tiffany Harding and Nikita Belgrave) who perished in the Campus Trendz fire. The September 3rd Foundation organised a peaceful march from the store on Tudor Street, Bridgetown to Queen’s Park in which over 200 patrons took to the streets. Young children, babies in strollers, teens and adults walked the stretch to commemorate the lives of those lost and calls for peace as people held placards and messages on t-shirts to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the increase of crime in Barbados.
Founder of the September 3rd Foundation David Commisiong spoke at the Tribute held in Queen’s Park following the march and urged Barbadians to wake up and make the “monumental effort” to save their nation. John King also sang ‘How Many More’ which is most fitting and a question we will be asking for years to come.
Cover Drive is the new emerging band from the land of sea and sun also known as Barbados! The members are Amanda Reifer vocalist, T. Ray Armstrong drummer, Jamar Harding bassist and Barry Hill the guitarist.
They quickly gained popularity through their fedora sessions on youtube in which they sang their renditions of popular songs, which includes Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, Train’s Hey Soul Sister and Jessie J’s Do It Like A Dude amongst others. The youtube videos allowed us (the viewers) to enjoy their fun personalities and witness the versatility of this truly addictive band. Aside from their indescribable talent, the group is vibrant, playful and slightly crazy but they gel well as a group.
The band is now signed to UK recording company Geffen/Polydor Records and is said to be working with some great producers and song writers. Mark my words, this band will exceed your expectations and I genuinely believe if they retain the originality that gained them popularity, they won’t be just another band but a meaningful one.