Ribbing, kidding, teasing, clowning and making a ‘joke of everything’ was typical play in ‘Gyambo’. Indeed it is an endearing (or cruel…pending if you are the ‘butt of the game’) element of our Caribbean/West Indian cultural heritage deepened in Panama/Latino Basilón/ and calypso traditions. It is in the family of ‘playing the dozens’ theme in African American culture.
In this photo Lynton Roberts (‘Palance’) and Wilfred ‘Baby’ Warren are clearly in ‘basilón’ mode… clowning and crowding the shot intended
to capture Ruby Savory’s and unknown young lady’s photo.
Can you name the ‘unknown’ young lady in the photo? What memories does this photo spark for you? Please share thoughts, photos, and similar stories with us the open space* dialogue space.