The Tradewinds Caribbean blend

Sometimes in the middle writing column A, I will suddenly be caught by a thought for column B (it happens the same way in writing songs) so that although I admit some weeks it’s a close call, in fact one never runs out of topics.  Recently, for example, in responding to a column that made reference an episode with Tradewinds at Kwakani, the veteran journalist Hubert Campbell (from Guyana Graphic days here) suggested that the diverse make-up of the band over the years was an unusual thing and that I should address that issue for the pan-Caribbean condition it is. While that notion may have been somewhere vaguely at the back of my mind, Hubert’s comment brought it at once into focus in the sense that the band is really its own Caribbean mosaic.  Looking at those early Caribbean groups, the Dragonaires were almost all Jamaicans; Troubadours and Merrymen from Barbados, almost all Bajans;  …to continue reading this article, please subscribe.  Already a subscriber ? Sign In


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