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3 VI Queens Season

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Son of Irony Book Release

Hear directly from local author Michael Lashorn Charles on this radio interview from 5/6/2017 on Sankofa Saturdays 4pm on WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3

 

Son of Irony is an exciting re-imagined telling, about a trial which took place on April 25th, 1811. An easy read that is guaranteed to keep you on your toes. This exciting intoxicating work is filled with tones of melancholic imagery, and memorable allusions. Author Hodge, a member of His Majesty’s council of the Virgin Islands, was hanged at the gallows, for allegedly murdering his man slave named Prosper. And was also responsible for the death of two other slaves. This work of art is timeless!

l’Only a Seed

The eb and flow
Rise and fall
Of it all

Maintaining the horizon
So the clouds don’t come
Crashing down

Manic
Stagnant
Numbness feels safest

The rage in every tear drop
Suffering in each smile

How can I dance if my feet are rooted
In volcanic mud?

Burning to ash with each step away from soil
Sunken vessels rise again when salt dries
and fish fly from its absence

Lotus blossom if sun is allowed through
When light shelters the rain
Only the ripened fruit rots from within

So remain as a seed
Promising, yet unspoiled
Perfect in all ways fathomable
Without the need to show possibilities beyond imagination

Sometimes it’s safer to not be known
©DaraMonifah 03/21/2017 8:12 a.m.

Musical History of the VI – Grassroots Stylee

A musical history of the Virgin Islands in the Dutch Reformed Church

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Sunday, March 19, 2017

On Sunday afternoon, March 19, 2017, Gylchris Sprauve presented ‘A Musical History of the Virgin Islands at the Dutch Reformed Churh in Charlotte Amalie. Subtitled, A Century United in Pride and Hope, Sprauve had assembled a fine cast of students from the BCB Middle School, 2 local instrumentalists, 6 musicians from Puerto Rico, 4 fine singers from the V.I. and recruited 2 percussionists at the last minute who fit the bill perfectly.

Together, united in pride and hope, “we told the story of Transfer Day from the grassroots perspective and what an amazing storytelling session it was!!! ALL HAIL THE VIRGIN ISLANDS!!!” ~Gylchris Sprauve

4pm today at the Reform church

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Sunday, March 19, 2017

***(expect updates to this website and the Official Facebook Page throughout the day with more behind the scenes pics and videos like the ones below and the real video by the end of the day – Please share)***

A grassroots celebration of history, culture, and our continued struggle, Gylchris spoke and had musicians sing of out Valiant Virgin Isles in a way many are only starting to experience. His combination of classical, folk, African, Caribbean genres brought quizzical, yet proud looks on people’s smiling faces, that could be described only as awakening awe.

Merging not only a variety of instruments including brass, pan and percussion, as well as cultures as he brought over musical friends from Puerto Rico who added their  ashe, Gylchris blended a few octaves of ages from the Bertha C. Bochulte middle school students, to local elders in the musical community.

Just to list a few…

Melita Etienne, Wendy A Joseph, Lorna L. Freeman, Howard Jones, Levi Farrell, Dr. LeRoy Trotman, Alexis Sanchez, Rey Omar Marcano, Eric N. Vázquez Rivera, Rafael Lebrón, Luis Miranda, Nelson Corchado, DaraMonifah Cooper, Howard Peters, Vanessa R. L. Tamar, Lonette Gumbs, Matey Sewer

​​Sprauve’s vision continues to exemplify the true spirit of the Virgin Islands just as a cultural melting pot of young seasonings and grounding provisions does what it does best in our melting yabba pot.

Recognizing that so many probably never had the honor, Sprauve wrote a Fanfare for the Ursulan Children, recognizing the unsung native s/heroes of the then Danish West Indies.

From the trip over* where so many never lived to see our shores, to the St. John Revolution of 1733, St. Croix Fireburn in 1848 and the 1892 Coal Workers Strike of St. Thomas, he reminds us that as some are made mute by the pomp and circumstance, that the real celebration is of our survival through it all and our continued successes along the way.

​​Furthermore, as he stated during the program’s beginning with a song entitled Wha de Future Gon’ Bring, he continues to keep us in requiem that no matter what remaining trials and tribulations present themselves, Papa God still in charge of this ting.

Sung by Wendy A. Joseph and Howard Jones

We Gon' See Wha De Future Gon Bring

We gon' see wha deh future gon' bringPapa God still in charge of this tingGylchris Sprauve's Musical History of the V.I.http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/03/20/musical-history-of-the-vi/

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Official Facebook Page Photo Album (more photos to be added)

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Sunday, March 19, 2017

More BEHIND THE SCENES videos from rehearsal. (The real video will be posted on this site later in the day)

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Valient Virgin Isles sung by Lorna Freeman and Melita Ettiene

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Monday, March 20, 2017

Full Lyrics to We Gon See Wha De Future Gon Bring by Gylchris Sprauve

Posting in fulfillment of DaraMonifah Cooper’s request after yesterday’s concert. This is most likely what the lower classes were thinking when they got word that Denmark was selling the islands to the USA.

WHA’ THE FUTURE GON’ BRING
(A grassroots conversation about Transfer, circa February, 1917)
by Gylchris Sprauve ©2017

ALL: We gon see what the future gon bring…
Papa God still in charge of this ting…
(Repeat)

Beto: Come here, Matilda…
Matilda: Beto! Wha happen now? You look fraid!
Beto: Father: I ain’ know if ah fraid or ah happy,
But when ah went to get paid
The foreman was talking… to a merchant… and he say,
“King Christian gon sell”
Matilda: Sell! Jackson went up to Denmark
And he had no choice but to tell dem
Beto: The Danish West Indies struggling, and tings-dem here very bad
The glory days of sugar done gone, and folks’ condition is sad
Matilda: Beto, doan forget inspite of what they say bout the King
God on high done see and know,
And that is why we does sing

ALL: We gon see wha de future gon bring…
Papa Gahd still in charge of dis ting…
(Repeat)

Beto: Now, dey talking ‘bout dis transfer
Matilda: Yes, transfer…
Beto: Of the islands under our feet
Sound like countries-dem playing checkers
And the natives’ life cheap like meat!
Who gon feed the poor and hungry?
Will the young and strong go astray?
Denmark broke, the Germans-dem coming
Now the King gon’ dash us ‘way?

ALL: We gon see wha de future gon bring,
Papa Gahd still in charge of dis ting,
We gon see wha de future gon bring,
Papa Gahd still in charge of dis ting.

Matilda: Oh, Beto stop! De lil’ children…
Beto: Wha? You doan tink dey must know?
Matilda: Tings-dem hard enough as it is…
Beto: And when the Danes-dem pack up and go?

Matilda: They say life good in America,
And we could maybe move there
Beto: Woman, stop!
Matilda: Whatever coming been measured…
T’ain more than what we could bear

All: We gon see wha de future gon bring,
Papa Gahd still in charge of dis ting.
(Repeat)

Beto: I hear that Blacks in America
cahn’ move as freely as we.
They president name is Wilson,
And he hate Black people, yo see?
Matilda: Dis ting ain’ looking too pretty
Beto: Ah doan tink that we should stay
Matilda: We could just run to Tattola
Both: King George woan give them away…

ALL: We gon see wha de future gon bring
Papa Gahd still in charge of dis ting!
(Repeat)

‘Strong Currents’ Play at UVI

​Strong currents cleverly pulled laughter out the bellies of at least 100 attendees at The Little Theatre on the 55th birthday of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). With a packed room, the March 16 opening night at the UVI Little Theatre, directed by Professor David Edgecombe, presented Strong Currents. The play was written in tribute to Austin Clarke, originally from Barbados, who became one of Canada’s foremost authors.

See more photos here from the opening night.

About the Play: From the Playbill

Bernice, Estelle, Dots, Boysie and Henry all moved from the Caribbean to Toronto in search of a better life. Together they weather the ‘storms of fortune,’ but when Henry aspires to be a poet, the others ridicule him. It is the strength of their friendships that will determine who swims and Aho sinks in strong currents.

Check out STRONG CURRENTS, the latest play Directed by Professor/Playwright David Edgecombe at the UVI Little Theatre | 8pm March 16-19, 24 & 25 #UVIpride #Theatre #Theater #Caribbean #Play #UVIpride

See more photos here from the opening night.

 

UVI/WUVI Communications students and New Media Club Members documenting the play.

In the Audience…

Here 2 Heal: Kamani Tait Returns

Radio Interview with Kamani Tait on WUVI

Watch this #FacebookLive video (interview starts at 6:30) archive or #ListenIn to the audio (link below) as I speak w/ Kamani Tait aka KT The Arch Degree (also known as Dr. Sebi's Son) on WUVI: Learning about him and the gathering at E's Garden Teahouse and Things on Feb 11, 2017! See full details here: http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/02/11/here-2-heal-kamani-tait-returns/Event Topics: Who is Kamani Tait, Why the Virgin Islands, Kidney's Decoded, Tropical Vegan Food, Super Fruits & Indigenous Herbs of the Rainforest | Streaming live at 1pm on www.wuvi.am Like/Follow: WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 #health #wellness #drsebi #LoveNHealingVIAudio Archive: https://soundcloud.com/wuviam1090/daramonifah-cooper-sits-down-with-kamani-tait-aka-kt-the-arch-degree

Posted by DaraMonifah.com on Saturday, February 11, 2017

Most people don’t know it but Cruzan born Kamani Tait has returned home to the United Virgin Islands with some answers according to his Facebook post. Baba Dr. Sebi and our ancestors continue leading the way.  

Whether you watched it on #FacebookLive or #ListenIn to the WUVI audio archive, pay attention as I spoke w/ Kamani Tait (Dr. Sebi‘s Son) aka KT The Arch Degree on WUVI: Check the video of him at E’s Garden Teahouse and Things coming soon!

Topics included: Kidney’s Decoded, Tropical Vegan Food, Super Fruits & Indigenous Herbs of the Rainforest and so much more…


Streamed live Saturday, Febraruy 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm on www.wuvi.am
WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 #health #wellness #drsebi #LoveNHealingVI

KT shared clarity on the real Super Foods of the Sun. HE spoke about the differences between diabetes types.  He went in about the importance of our kidneys and Indigenous wild herbs of the rainforest are the topics at hand.

For more details…
Contact: 340-244-1196
Email: luvgreenlife@gmail.com
Visit www.ktthearchdegree.com for more on Kamani Tait.
#LoveNHealingVI

Crochet Kim and Jah Sekhemna’s Works at Bordeaux Fair

Listen in as Sis “Crochet Kim” & Jah Sekhemna talk about their works in the upcoming Bordeaux Fair Jan 14 & 15, 2017. Join the Facebook Event for updates. Watch the Facebook Live video of the interview here and a quick Instagram interview promo.

Listen to Jah Sekhemna on Reverbnation and follow him on Facebook and Youtube and check out Sister Kim as EmpressionZ Tampa on Facebook.
After the Bordeaux Fair you can find them at Brewers Beach on Sunday afternoons selling boiled peanuts, greens and vegan cookies like chocolate chip and cranberry oatmeal. You can also place your order for crochet wear as they’ll have select items on display. Sister Kim let out the bag that they’ll be introducing a green-nut butter punch which is peanut punch with a green twist.

“Something different for a lil more alkaline,” Sister Kim – aka Crochet Kim

The Crochet line is also featured at Bri Boutique Facebook & Instagram.

Annual Fortsberg 1733 Revolution Tour

Listen to DaraMonifah speak with the Pan African Support Group about the upcoming annual St. John Annual Slave Revolution Commemoration. PASG member Kuumba Leba Ola Niyi, Brother Lumumba and Brother Steve share the history, legal status and other logistical details related to the event scheduled to happen on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Basic Event Info:
Annual St. John African Slave (Fortsberg 1733) Revolution Commemoration
Friday, November 25, 2016
Meet: 8-8:30 a.m. at the Red Hook dock to board the 9 a.m. ferry
9:30 (approx) Libation and introduction at Cruz Bay
Board safaris ($15)
Expected to end at approx 3:30 p.m. to board the 4 p.m. boat returning to St. Thomas
Stops: Adrian, Catherineberg, Suzanaberg, Annaberg, Fortsberg
For more info call Brother Leba at 340-998-1792

Dollar fo’ Dollar 2016 Rundown

Between seventy-five to one hundred people marched, chanted and celebrated in the streets of Savan and Charlotte Amalie during the 11th annual Dollar fo’ Dollar Culture and History tour, according to founders, Ayesha Morris, Jahweh David and DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, September 24, 2016. 

Listen to what some had to say about this year’s tour: https://www.soundcloud.com/wuviam1090/dollarfodollar-2016-snippets1

Sankofa Saturdays did live Instagram posting and aired the tour live on WUVI AM 1090/FM 97.3, streaming live on www.wuvi.am so those who couldn’t make it would still have an opportunity to experience the music and history shared by a combination of local culture bearers.


Village Talk and Dollar fo’ Dollar Tour Convo

Listen above if you missed it live on WUVI:  Zee Testamark of VI Sisters that ROCK shared details with me about “The Conversation: It Takes a Village” coming up this week!
village“The Conversation: It Takes a Village,” is a community meeting to be held at 6:30 pm on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Oswald Harris Court (aka “Housing”) Community Center. According to Zee Testamark, VI Sisters that ROCK President, “In light of recent events on our islands, we need to WORK TOGETHER to bring about Change.”

On a mission to empower women of like minds, to give back to our community, uplift our brothers, be a voice of strength, they are inviting anyone with a vested interest in saving our youth to be a part of the important dialogue.

We can ask many questions OR WE CAN be apart of the SOLUTION.. we chose to be apart of the SOLUTION!

Their Mission – Empower one another, Women of like-minds, Be a Strength to someone in need, and our MAIN Focus is GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY one function at a time!!!

11th Annual Dollar fo’ Dollar Culture and History Tour

d4d-committee-wuvi-studio-picBelow, listen and learn about the 11th Annual Dollar fo’ Dollar Culture and History Tour from Ayesha Morris and Jahweh David, and myself DaraMonifah Cooper, the three founding members of the Dollar fo’ Dollar Culture and History Tour, Inc. as they share the tour’s history, expected activities, partnering artists, and more.

Walking, drumming and dancing on Saturday, September 24, 2016 on the streets of Charlotte Amalie and Savan, the Dollar fo’ Dollar Culture and History Tour honors, celebrates and commemorates Virgin Islands history. This Monday, September 12, will be the 124th anniversary of the coal workers strike who dances, drummed and peacefully protested in order to get their proper wages. The Coal Workers strike came on the heels of St. John’s 1733 revolution and St. Croix’s 1878 Contract Day Fireburn.

New this year, the tour will include stops at the houses of actual Coal Workers form the period in the Savan neighborhood discovered through research by Ayesha Morris in the 1880 and 1901 census records at the Caribbean Genealogy Library.

#HabariGaniVI, which means what’s going on in KiSwahili, is a weekly radio segment during the Sankofa Saturdays youth cultural education initiative’s radio time on WUVI.

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