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Grenada Days 11
Today s Grenada offers a
variety of entertainment.
The large influx of students
attending St George s University
(SGU) and their spending power
have given birth to a thriving
dining and drinking scene,
should the blockos and "cooks"
of everyday Grenadians bore
group of friends get together to
soup---curried goat or barbecued
chicken all being fair game.)
Since I ve been here I ve been
sailing on a Petit Martinique
sloop, a traditional, handcrafted
sailboat. I ve been on an after-
noon cruise on a party catama-
ran. I ve been drinking at
Umbrellas, the Grand Anse
equivalent to Pelican Pub (a ref-
erence which dates me, alas).
I ve had brunch and dinner at
Le Boulangerie, a casual bistro
serving excellent pasta.
Were I inclined to sample fine
dining further afield than the
excellent nouvelle cuisine at the
University Club where I live, I d
have a raft of alternatives, I m
I ve drunk far too many beers
at Options, a loosely conglomer-
ated mall of food and drink
shacks near to SGU s True Blue
Campus. I ve gone to an art
exhibition and an artist s talk in
St George s (the town, not the
Saturday I drove to the oppo-
site end of the island, Petit
Anse, a resort near to Sauteurs
at Grenada s northernmost
coast. Apart from enjoying a
light lunch with a group of
writers on retreat at the resort, I
was privy to the stunning views
of the seaside there. The drive
up from where I live in L Anse
aux Epines took nearly two
hours using the eastern road
and the return trip on the west-
ern route was as long, but see-
ing the breathtaking land and
seascapes was worth it.
Probably the highlight of my
entertainment experiences in
Grenada came on Saturday
night. I went to a reggae concert
at the National Stadium, just
outside of St George s.
The section of the stadium
blocked off for the show was
jammed with people---perhaps
4,000, I d say if I had to guess.
The heavily promoted show had
attracted all sorts. There were
bongo dreadlocked Rastas as
well as swanky young women in
skintight peplum dresses and
red velvet stiletto booties.
The featured acts were
Jamaican dancehall singers Busy
Signal and Charly Black, and
reggae crooner Romain Virgo.
The Grenadian opening acts
included soca singer Laura Lisa,
R&B singer SwayJawn, and
Skinny Banton, and all per-
I got lost at Charly Black,
whose homophobic rants on
stage left me cold---plus I didn t
know any of his songs.
Busy Signal, released from a
US jail two years ago, performed
his many hits to the delight of
But for me, the highlight of
the show was the honey-sweet
performance of Romain Virgo.
A fairly new act, Virgo is a
gifted crooner, with a clean
baritone that falls somewhere
between John Legend, Marvin
Gaye and Tarrus Riley. When he
came on stage Saturday night, I
only knew one of his tunes, a
remake of the Michael Bolton
torch song Soul Provider.
Virgo, however, played a long
set of lovers rock songs that I
didn t need to know to enjoy. I
wasn t the only one. His vocal
virtuosity and dynamic stage
presence had the women in the
Wearing an azure blazer over
a shirt and tie and skinny
trousers, he cut a dashing figure
on the stage. Handsome and
slender, with a medium sized
messy afro, he came across as a
hipster with none of the ironic
cool. Virgo leapt around the
stage, not flagging for a moment
during his performance.
When he stripped off his
sweaty blazer and threw it into
the crowd, there was hardly a
dry panty in the place.
To me, Busy Signal s act---
dancehall sung indifferently with
one foot propped on the moni-
tor---seemed an anticlimax after
that spirited showing from the
Thinking I would find myself
in an endless traffic jam after
the show, I left early. Busy was
In fact, there wasn t much
traffic. Though the exits had
been jammed after Romain
Virgo finished his last song, they
weren t anymore by the time
Busy was on stage. I supposed
so many people had come to
see Virgo, rather than Busy, that
the rush was over by then. It
was almost 4 am.
Lisa Allen-Agostini is the
inaugural Dame Hilda Bynoe
Writer-in-Residence at St
George's University, Grenada.
The residency is a joint initiative
of the university and CaribLit.
Driving along the Lady Young
Road I noticed this railing jutting
out mere inches from the roadway.
At first I thought it was a result of
an accident, but on closer inspection,
I realised that it was purposely done
to facilitate the passageway of
someone living in the area.
Whatever the reason, that railing
cannot continue to be in the position
that it is in.
It is someone's death waiting to
The mentioned railing is situated
just after the hairpin turn coming
from the Hilton Hotel.
Yesterday at around 7.15 am, as I
stood on the Priority Bus Route
awaiting transport, I witnessed a
Cepep crew confronting a vagrant who
a few months ago moved into one of
the bus shelters at Five Rivers Junc-
tion, Arouca. The vagrant gathers
garbage from the area, fills the shelter
with it and then sleeps in the garbage.
The Cepep crew was attempting to
clean out the shelter and the vagrant
was trying to prevent them from re-
moving the garbage. The male worker
raised his rake at the vagrant and
chased him off, and I said 'Yes!'.
But then the worker proceeded to
rake the mounds of garbage straight
into the large drain running under the
bus route, ignoring the plastic bag held
by his two female co-workers.
Disgusted, I took out my cell phone and
took two photos of him in the act. When
his co-workers told him what I had done
he came across the bus route to confront
me, asking why I had taken his picture.
I told him that what he was doing
was against the law and he proceeded
very angrily to talk about "people like
me," "wouldn't do the right thing,"
"stop the vagrant," "tell the authori-
Apparently, as workers of the Com-
munity Environmental Protection and
Enhancement Programme, it is not
their job to protect or enhance the en-
vironment. Instead, commuters on the
way to their jobs are supposed to come
to the junction with weapons to con-
front the vagrant and perhaps even are
supposed to clean up his garbage.
I agree with him on one point though
and am hereby calling on the "relevant
authorities" (what a joke!) to please do
something about the vagrant who has
made the Five Rivers junction a filthy
dump. I am also calling on SWMCOL to
cancel the contract of that Cepep crew
who are assisting the vagrant.
GRENADA ENTERTAINS Lady Young Rd
Danger on the Lady Young
Two wrongs still don't make a right
LISA ALLEN AGOSTINI
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