Guyana. 83,000 square miles and about 800,000 citizens is the only English speaking country in South America.
Guyana always had strong ties with it's neighboring Caribbean Islands such as Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Antigua, Bahamas, ST Kitts & Nevis, ST Vincent & the Grenadines, ST Martin, Aruba, US Virgin Islands & British Virgin Islands through a similar dialect of English, broken English, patwa and some gibberish.
Reggae, Soca & Oldies the main genre of music, sunshine, sports and a similar diet makes Guyana & the Caribbean Islands one huge family. We all ah one family, one love, smile.
The sport Cricket is a huge part of the alliance of Guyana & the Caribbean forming the West Indies Cricket Team.
All true Guyanese stand up, memories of the good old days when life was simple.
I grew up in a country called Guyana, where people blow their horn or wave when passing by. Daily greetings morning and evening; g'marnin, afternoon, hello and how ya doing was proper manners. (Skylark) is a proper noun and (humbug) is definitely a word. Banna ( boy), Bini (girl), Bab (25 cents), Shucks (surprised) and Skites, Rass, Ficking and Scunt were the big cuss words.
If you disrespected someone or said something about them, "they eyes pass you", whether or not your eyes went for a race ...."Cut tail" was licks or a spanking and "jumbee lash" was something you didn't see comming.
We played outside, we got dirty, played in the rain and ate whatever your mom or grandmother cooked, ate fruits from the trees without washing them, washed our clothes in a concrete made wash tub with a scrub board, we weren't afraid of anything but loose dogs, Jumbee and maybe a snake. The sunset was our curfew and when the street lights came on you better be home already. Hands and foot wash before you come in the house.
Chicken and fish was fried, stewed or curried and brown sugar put in peas soup. Bush tea, sugar and water, hot porridge, pipe water and lime juice (swank) was what we drank. Metemgee or soup we eat on Saturdays. Cook-up rice or Chow mien or bake chicken we eat on Sundays. Bake and salt-fish or fried green plantains or bread and butter with cocoa tea for breakfast. Tennis roll and cheese or a puri or a salara with mauby or peanut punch for lunch. Meat and vegetables stewed down served with brown rice and Kool Aid for dinner. Pepper pot, black cake, ginger beer and rum at Christmas, "A TRUE GUYANESE CHRISTMAS"
School was mandatory even if it wasn't your time to go, eating lunch under a tree with our friends was such fun. We walked to and from school, some barefooted while others in Rubber Dinki, Yatten or Bata shoes. Oh and if you disrespected your elders, you're gonna get hit with whatever's close by even if it ain't your parents. And might I add we had a village! Your friend’s mama was yuh mama when yours was not there!!! And every one was Tanty and uncle.
We went to church and Sunday school every Sunday, oh!! don't forget back then we listen to cricket, Mathew Allen oldies on Thursday nights, news and death announcements at 9pm nightly. OMG the simple life we enjoyed.
Re-post if you're proud that you came from that small country Guyana and will never forget where you came from!
Natural Black (born Mortimer Softley) is a reggae singer from Georgetown Guyana.
He moved to Jamaica to pursue his dream of being a reggae singer, after a period of service in the army.
He has had several hits in Jamaica, including "Far From Reality" and "Nice it Nice.
In 2012 Natural Black cut off his locks, breaking his covenant in the Rastafarian lifestyle and dramatically altering his look.
"I got up and cut off my locks Sunday morning because I looked around at my surroundings and realised that I have not been living a Rastafarian lifestyle. I want to see the changes around me, and as it relates to the upliftment of the people, the direction of the Rasta order and the walk toward perfection. That is not happening. I just see discord and chaos in the rasta community, all of it is very misleading," said the artiste, whose real name is Mortimer Softley.
The Far From Reality singer is aware that there might be a backlash from members of the Rastafarian community, but he is prepared to defend his decision.
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Guyanese celebrates 48th Mashramani (Republic Day) in fine style in Guyana.
Mashramani 2018 colourful costumes, music, sunshine, food and beautiful people filled the streets in Georgetown Guyana on February 23, to jump up and enjoy it's rich history and culture carnival style.
The 1964 elections resulted in a coalition government under Forbes Burnham of the People's National Congress (PNC). On May 26th, 1966 Guyana gained independence from the British. Four years later on February 23rd, 1970 Guyana became a republic. The country is now called The Cooperative Republic of Guyana.