Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SHADOW OF THE BASSMAN*


When I was about eight years old, we got electricity in Carapichaima and my family bought a radio. They listened to Indian programmes and the local news on Radio Trinidad but not the BBC news because that was “noise.”
“Switch off that noise, mih head hurting me,” everybody shouted at me even though I told them that my college exhibition teacher had ordered us to read a “papers” and listen to the BBC every day. Negotiations in this matter were impossible. The situation was static.
The first time I encountered a character called “The Shadow” was in a scary radio programme. the episodes were voiced by the greatest of all radio announcers, Orson Wells, and he brought to it the same tone that scared America on “The Day The Earth Stood Still.” 

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