April 29, 2016

Bara & Channa become Doubles in 1936 | The Doubles Story

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Here at Zagada we do not only cover Soca Music; we also cover interesting stories related to the people and culture of Trinidad and Tobago. This story, in particular, finds its way to our blog because this Trinidad street food (aka Doubles) is now internationally known. 
The story goes all the way back to the year 1936! It is indeed an interesting story and one that would make you appreciate bara and chana... here we go, "Doubles Revealed"!

One can get "Doubles" in Brooklyn and Queens in New York City; and in many places in North America where Trinidadians have settled and now call home. However, how many of you 'out there' know the story of this very savory street food?  

Now the truth has been revealed and we have a summary of the story posted for your education. You can support the author by purchasing the book from Amazon.com. Here is a link to the author's site: Out of the Doubles KitchenWe have the story here! The following article is from the Trinidad and Tobago Express newspaper... read and learn!

From the Trinidad Express: The truth behind the ‘doubles dynasty’ Story written by: Mark Fraser
The local culinary fast food ‘doubles’ is probably known to every citizen of Trinidad and Tobago as over the years it has become the most sought after street food. What was unknown however, was exactly who created this now renowned savory food item.

That is until Badru Deen, author of Out Of The Doubles Kitchen decided to set the record straight.

“For years a number of people, mainly the Ali family of Princes Town, have been taking credit as the creator of doubles when in fact it was my father Emamool Deen, also of Princes Town, who created it and out of the kindness of his heart shared it with them,” he said. Deen said he felt inspired and motivated to write the book for a number of reasons.

“I wanted everyone to know the truth since my father was illiterate and had no knowledge of protecting his intellectual property and as a result there’s a lot of falsehood about where doubles originated from.

“Additionally, I did it for my family as I wanted them to know of my humble background; to pass on something to my posterity and by extension the Deens’ posterity; and to record my family’s innovation and register our contribution to the nation.”

Deen, who is a graduate of the University of Manitoba in Canada, said he was the only one of his parents’ nine children who got the opportunity to attend university.

“He was wise enough to send me to school so I had to give back something to him, at least the recognition for what he has done for this country.

When my father created doubles back in 1936 it was not called doubles then since he served a single bara together with the channa and chutney”, he said, adding that customers began asking his father to double up on the bara which led to it being given the name it now has.

Deen said his father, who had a spirit of entrepreneurship, encouraged his two brothers-in-law, the Alis-one in Princes Town and the other in San Fernando, to come into the business with him. 

But tragedy struck the family that led to them abandoning their Princes Town property and relocating to San Juan.

“My father had brought my twin brothers Cabil and Habil into the business when they were around 15-16 as they were to be the future of the business but their deaths within a year of each other took its toll on the family and we moved.

“In addition to the loss of his two sons, alcoholism and domestic abuse plagued his life and all of those contributed to him not selling the volume he was capable of doing while others were. But he maintained his spirit of kind-hardheartedness by giving to his competitors any chutney that remained at the end of each day’s sale.  

“Out Of The Doubles Kitchen recognizes his spirit of giving to the point where he’s described as a candle that lights other candles but does not lose its own glow,” Deen said

He added apart from addressing Emamool “Mamo” Deen escaping poverty by vending doubles and the issue of his children overcoming social impediments through education, it also served to relieve the author of a monster that possessed him.

“When we moved to San Juan I attended the Gandhi Memorial Vedic School and like most teenagers I was filled with false pride and combined with bullying led me down a road of shame.

“In Trinidad it’s almost a pastime to level fatigue at someone else, so I became the subject of such action because my father had something unique people did not know or understood so they sought to make fun of it. 

“Thus, I was referred to as “Channa Grain” and “Channa Boy” which made me feel insignificant and I became ashamed of my father’s creation,” he said, adding that shame had infiltrated the pride he should have had for his father’s innovativenes because people called him ‘doubles boy.’

“I hated the fact that I was the son of a doubles man behind the mask of anonymity while working with top flight companies in Canada and the US.

Deen, who ascended the pinnacle of the corporate world with a successful career in business with companies such as Royal Bank of Canada, Phillip Morris International and Nestle, said, “Think about coming out of the doubles kitchen and going to 100 Park Avenue, world headquarters of Phillip Morris International, the number one company in the world at that time, whose sales exceeded the gross national product (GNP) of Trinidad and Tobago. Now that’s mind-boggling.”

He said he carried the baggage of shame that he was the son of a doubles man for almost five decades but writing Out Of The Doubles Kitchen was the healing he needed to acknowledge that he is the son of a doubles man, which has set him free.

“The seeds of channa on the front cover of the book represent the seeds of rejection that I put to vindicate the bullying and name-calling I experienced.”

The local launch of the book takes place on May 14 at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) and its being held in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism. 

Out Of The Doubles Kitchen is available in print and e-book at amazon.com or fans can get some excerpts at www.outofthedoubleskitchen.com

So there you have it, Trinidad and Tobago's world famous "Doubles" was created by  a very humble man named "Emamool Dean". Now you know!


 
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April 26, 2016

Wahalla Riddim | Saint Lucia 2016

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Here we go with some new music releases for Saint Lucia Carnival 2016. Now if  this music sounds familiar to you then you are absolutely correct!. However, don't let its familiarity cause you to overlook the songs.

So what is the reference track for the songs listed below? It is "Oh Yay" by Trinidad and Tobago's Olatunji. The sound-cloud music player is posted for your listening pleasure.



Production Notes/Music Credits for the Wahalla Riddim:
Song Title: Wahalla Riddim (Dat Beat | One More Day O.M.D. | In De Bay
Performed by: Arthur Allain, Saveion and Hollywood HP
Written by: ***
Produced by: Yannick Plante (Minor Productionz)
Mixed by: Yannick Plante
Mastered by: Yannick Plante
Live Guitars by: Dwight Florent
Live Bass: Gus D'Auvergne

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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April 22, 2016

Never Find | Erphaan Alves | Trinidad and Tobago 2016

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I like the idea of "#noSeasons Project". Yes, Soca music releases should not be linked to Carnival only. So enjoy the vibe from Erphaan Alves. The song is entitled "Never Find" but you managed to fine it right here on Sokah2Soca!

Music Release Notes:
Weeks ago local artiste, Erphaan Alves voiced his concern about the lack of local music being produced by artiste after carnival season. 
While he agrees that there a current spurts of local releases here and there, he believes there should be a greater presence.

In an effort to change this, Erphaan took the initiative and created the the "#noSeasons" campaign in attempt to inspire year round local music for our listening pleasure. The "#noSeasons" campaign will feature consistent releases from the EA who intends to show his versatility by dabbling in other genres as well Soca.

We present the first release of the #noSeasons campaign, entitled, 'Never Find'. EA lends his vocals to this smooth, groovy Reggae track produced by NutationRecords, & Sheppard Pro.

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Never Find
Performed by: Erphaan Alves
Written by: Erphaan Alves
Produced by: Nutation Records (868) 365 - 2705 | Sheppard Pro
Mixed by: Sheppard Pro. (868) 788 - 8184
Mastered by: Precision Productions

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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April 21, 2016

Television (Official Music Video) | Major Lazer feat. Bunji Garlin 2016

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From the Production Team:
Stream 'Television': http://smarturl.it/TelevisionStream
SPOTIFY: http://smarturl.it/TelevisionSpotify
SOUNDCLOUD: http://smarturl.it/TelevisionSoundcloud

Download 'Television':
ITUNES: http://smarturl.it/TelevisionDownload
BEATPORT: http://smarturl.it/TelevisionBeatport
AMAZON: http://smarturl.it/TelevisionAmazon

Listen to the song again with this SoundCloud Player:


 
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April 15, 2016

Don't Give It Away | Skinny Fabulous | Saint Vincent 2016

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This is new music for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Summer festival 2016. Vincy Mas is switching the vibe as produced by ace Vincy producer Alex 'Kubyashi' Barnwell. The vocalist dropping the lyrics is the one known as the Vincy bad boy Skinny Fabulous.

Drop the vibe and share you feedback with us. Does this vibe provide the Soca sweetness that you expected? Maybe it is just something different and the Vincy singers are moving in a different direction. Let's see how this plays out!

Please use the comment feature of this posting (top right hand corner of this post) to share your thoughts about the song/music production.

Music Release Notes:
Merging the world of Afro and Soca comes this latest record from Skinny Fabulous. How hard is it to see the object of your affection give it away to someone else. Skinny tells it all in a more than daring way on this Kubiyashi produced record. Championing the carnival music scene and delivering as usual his peppery lyrics in a jovial yet serious manner, this record has it all - a fusion of Caribbean energy, mixed with African prose.

Follow us on instagram and soundcloud @skinnyfabulous and @kubiyashi

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Don't Give It Away
Performed by: Skinny Fabulous
Written By: Gamal Doyle
Produced By: Alexis Barnwell
Mixed and Mastered by: Keron Hector

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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April 13, 2016

Bacchanal Jamaica's Carnival Road March 2016

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Relive Bacchanal Jamaica's 2016 Carnival Road March with this official after-movie! This video clip shows the fun that took place for Jamaica's Carnival 2016.

Take note that "Cheers to Life" won the 'Road March' competition for Bacchanal Jamaica 2016. Well done 'Voice'.

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Video Produced by: Jamieson Daley [ On The Rock Productions]
Music Bed: Taj "DJ Taj" Graham.
Voice - Cheers to Life
Kes - People
Machel Montano - Waiting On The Stage

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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April 12, 2016

The Highest | Kes | Trinidad and Tobago

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This is going to be a sweet Summer for those who love to listen to Kes the Band. This is new music from Kes and Dwala and the song is entitled "The Highest". Go ahead and groove to the vibe; this one will surely hit the sweet groove spot. We like it and so will you!

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: The Highest
Performed by: Kes
Riddim Name: Grape Riddim
Written by: Klase Gonzales & Kees Dieffenthaller
Produced by: Dwala
℗ 2016 Neel Dhorajiwala

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
♫Please press the music player button below to listen now (small triangle in circle).


Here is the YouTube music release for your listening pleasure. Go ahead and play it again... you know it is hot!


This is it folks... the Grape Riddim by Dwala! This is the foundation that the musical house was built upon. Take a listen and add you own lyrics to the music... be creative!


 
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