Singing Sandra – in her own words..

Who Is Me? From her blog
WELL MY PEOPLE LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT SOME OF THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS I ENCOUNTERED IN THIS LIFE,NO DISRESPECT TO NON-TRINBAGO READERS BUT I AM MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE DOING THIS IN DIALECT…BEING BORN POOR HAS IT’S ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES…

WHEN YUH BORN POOR YUH LEARN TUH APPRECIATE WHAT YUH GET…WHEN YUH BORN RICH YUH TEND TUH FUHGET DE WORD “APPRECIATE”…CAUSE YUH DONE KNO IF YUH LOOSE DAT ONE YUH COULD GET AH BETTER ONE…WHEN YUH POOR YUH DOH KNO WHE DE HELL DE NEX ONE COMIN FROM…

GROWING UP IN DE GHETTO TO AH SINGLE PARENT{MOTHER} WAS’NT EASY…ESPECIALLY WITH NO SIBLINGS AROUND YUH AGE…SO YUH COME LIKE AH ONLY CHILD…YUH HAVE TUH FIGHT FUH YUHSELF,DEFEND YUHSELF…CAUSE YUH EH HAVE NO BIG SISTER TUH FIGHT FUH YUH…MIH BIG BROTHER WAS 17YRS. OLDER THAN ME…SO YUH KNO HE DID’NT HAVE TIME FUH ME…

AT DAT AGE YUH KNO WHA TRINBAGO MAN LOOKING FOR…DOH PLAY ALYUH EH KNO WHA AH TALKING BOUT…BUT IT WAS ALL GOOD CAUSE AH LEARN TUH STAND UP FUH MIHSELF AGAINST ANYBODY…IF YUH RESPECT MIH AH RESPECT YUH…AS MIH MUDDER USED TUH SAY…IF YUH EH TOO OLE TUH STOOP AH EH TOO YOUNG TUH PEEP…SO IF YUH DISRESPECT MIH OLE OR YOUNG AH GIVIN YUH BACK IN YUH A#$…

AH WAS ALWAYS REBELLIOUS…SO YES CHILE…AH HAD TUH LEAVE SCHOOL BEFORE AH COULDA SIT MIH EXAMS…AH HAD TUH GO AN LOOK FUH WORK TUH HELP MIHSELF AN MIH MUDDER…POOR TING SHE WAS TRYING SHE BEST…SHE USED TUH HIDE FROM MIH AN CRY…ESPECIALLY WHEN SHE DID’NT HAVE DE MONEY TUH PAY MIH SCHOOL FEES…

WHE YUH SAY,WHE MIH FADDER WAS…HE WAS ENJOYING LIFE…BUT AH LOVE HIM STILL…SO AH GET AH WUK IN AH RESTAURANT AND BAR{NATIONAL DINER LOUNGE} ON DUKE ST. IN PORT-OF-SPAIN…AH WAS 15yrs….MIH SALARY WAS $12.00 AH WEEK…YES $12.00…BUT AH BECAME VERY POPULAR SO AH USED TUH MAKE PLENTY TIPS…SO IN AH DAY AH USED TUH COVER MIH WEEKS SALARY AND MORE…

WELL AFTER DAT AH WUK IN AH FEW OTHER PLACES…LIKE CLUB,BAKERY,SUPERMARKET,CHIEF PARLIAMENTARY COUNSEL TUH NAME AH FEW…SO YUH SEE WHY MIH MOUTH SOOOO HOT CAUSE AH MINEING MIHSELF SINCE AH 15…AH NEVER USED TUH TAKE NO S#%T FROM NOBODY…NOW WORSE…

ANOTHER TING ANY BOSSMAN OR BOSSWOMAN WHO TELL ME AH HAVE TUH WUK CARNIVAL MONDAY AND TUESDAY YUH HAVE TUH LOOK FUH SOMEBODY ELSE…I GONE…YUH MAD,J’OUVERT MORNING I HAVE TUH BE COVERED IN MUD WINEING DOWN INDEPENDENCE SQUARE…AND TUESDAY WINEING DOWN DE SAVANNAH IN SHOWCASE BAND…YUH CRAZY…WUK FUH CARNIVAL?…YUH MUST BE PISSIN MAD…NOT ME SAH…

SO YUH KNO AH LEF PLENTY WUK…AND DE WEEK AFTER CARNIVAL AH GO FIND AH NEX WUK…BUT AT ONE TIME IT GET REAL BAD…AH USED TUH HAVE TUH CROCHET AND TAKE DE BUS FROM MORVANT…DE BUS WAS 10c DAT TIME…AND SOMETIMES AH EH EVEN HAVE DE 10c…AH USED TUH HAVE TUH BORROW IT…TRUE,AH EH LYING…AH USED TUH WALK FROM DE BUS TERMINUS ON SOUTH QUAY TUH MARAVAL,ST.ANNS,CASCADE,BELMONT…JUST TUH SELL MIH CROCHET SO DAT AH COULD HELP MIH MUDDER…

WELL WHA SAVE MIH IS AH LIL FELLA SEE MIH AN LIKE MIH AND AH START TUH FREN WID HIM SO HE START TUH HELP MIH OUT…WELL NOW AH TUN OMAN SO DE REST IS HISTORY…WELL AH ALWAYS LIKE SINGING…AND MIH GRAND-MOTHER {MOTHER SIDE} WAS AH GREAT SINGER…SHE WAS DE BEST SINGER IN HER VILLAGE IN TOBAGO{GOODWOOD}…AN MIH GRAND-FATHER WAS DE BEST CUATROMAN…SO YUH SEE AH BORN WID MUSIC IN MIH…

MIH MUDDER COULDA SING TOO…ANYWAY WE STARTED AH OLE-MAS BAND AND THEN WE FORM AH BEST VILLAGE GROUP…AH LICK DEM UP IN BEST VILLAGE…BEST ACTRESS THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS…BEST FEMALE SINGER/CALYPSONIAN…BEST CHANTUELLE…BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS AND MUCH MORE…DEY DID’NT WANT NUTTIN WID MIH…

SO IS WHILE AH WAS PERFORMING IN BEST VILLAGE DAT AH WAS APPROACHED TUH SING CALYPSO BY AH CALYPSONIAN NAMED Dr. ZHIVAGO{yuh hear name}…WELL AH SAY AH EH HAVE NUTTIN TUH LOOSE AH GO TRY IT…BUT DE BAD PART WAS…EVERY SUNDAY MORNIN Dr.ZHIVAGO USED TUH HAVE TUH COME AND MEET MIH TUH CARRY MIH TUH AUDITIONS…

DAT EH BAD RIGHT…BUT HE USED TUH HAVE ON AH BELL-BOTTOM PANTS AN AH PRETTY COLOR CALYPSO SHIRT WID FRILLS…AND I HAVE TUH WALK THROUGH TOWN HOT SUN SUNDAY MORNING WID HE…STRESS!!!…AH EH STUPID…HE IN FRONT AND I BEHIND…I CYAR LEH MY FRIENDS SEE ME WID HE…

BUT HE MEANT WELL,LOL…ANYWAY AH WAS SELECTED TUH SING AT SPARROW’S YOUNG BRIGADE…DIS WAS 1984…WELL SPARROW BEING MIH IDOL IN CALYPSO YUH COULD IMAGINE HOW AH HAPPY…TUH SHARE DE STAGE WID DE KING OF CALYPSO…AH REACH…

I COULD REMEMBER DE OPENING NIGHT OF DE TENT WHEN SPARROW HEAR MIH HE CALL MIH AN TELL MIH DESE WORDS…AH CYAR PROMISE YUH YUH GO BE DE NEX CALYPSO ROSE,BUT IF YUH STICK TUH IT YUH GO BE AH FORCE TUH RECKON WID,AN DOH JUST COME IN DIS FUH MONEY OTHERWISE YUH EH GO LAST…AN I PUT DAT IN DE BACK AH MIH HEAD…

IT HAD TIMES WHEN AH ONSTAGE IF YUH CHOOK MIH YUH COULDA GET ICE-BLOOD FUS AH FRIGHTEN…BUT AH ALWAYS PUT GOD FIRST…AND HE ALWAYS DELIVER THE STRENGTH AND ASSURANCE I NEEDED TUH GO THROUGH…MIH MUDDER INSTILL DEM SPIRITUAL VALUES IN MIH…AND AH SOOOOOO GRATEFUL FUH DAT TODAY…

I WAS BAPTIZED IN SPIRITUAL BAPTIST WHEN I WAS 15yrs…I AM NOW A PRACTISING ORISHA…MY FEAST STARTS ON DEC. 5TH 2006 AT BLUE BASIN RIVER,DIEGO MARTIN…IT RUNS FOR FOUR DAYS…AND ENDS WITH A THANKSGIVING ON THE SATURDAY…AND THE NEXT DAY{DEC.10th} IS MY BIRTHDAY…YUH COULD VISIT Triniview.com PHOTOGALLERY AND LOOK UNDER ORISHA FEAST AND YOU WILL SEE PICS OF MY LAST YEAR FEAST..

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ANYWAY DATS PART OF MY LIFE IN A NUTSHELL…HOPE I EXPLAINED MYSELF…SO U KNO WHO IS ME…AH GO WRITE SOME MORE…BUT NOW MIH OLE BRAIN TIRED…JUST KNO ONE THING…AH EH NO SAINT…COMING FROM WHERE I WAS TO WHERE I’M AT NOW WAS’NT EASY…BUT IF I CAN DO IT YOU CAN TOO,OK..

OH AH FUHGET TUH TELL YUH…AH MARRID NOW…MIH NAME CHANGE…HA HA HA…Mrs. SANDRA ANDRIA DES VIGNES-MILLINGTON…{dat is name eh}…MIH HUSBAND NAME IS STEPHEN{STEVE}MILLINGTON…FROM PINTO RD.,ARIMA…ENOUGH KICKSING…AH GONE…MUUUUUUAH …MUCH LOVE TO ALL MY CHILDREN OUT THERE…….BLESSINGS…….”MOTHER

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One thought on “Singing Sandra – in her own words..

  1. I have just discovered Singing Sandra! I mean I knew the song ‘die with my dignity’ but attributed it to Calypso Rose. So today I googled the song, found you and have been doing nothing but watching u on you.tube. You are a force to be reckoned with! I am so immensely proud to be a Caribbean woman right now. I think the principles you extoll and your personalcomportment lend so much to the dignity that we all should aspire to. You are my new heroine. It is such a pity people like u dont get the sort of recognition that others less worthy attract. There would be so much more that is right with the world. Press on girl, press on. Thanks for the renewal of my faith in the need to do the right thing.

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