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CARIBANA 1975 1976 1990


Since we live in the multicultural society of Canada, we have incorporated a link and an article to explain the word Caribana, its beginnings, and the effect on our soceity.

The twin-island state of Trinidad and Tobago are small dots on the a world map but big in spirit.   We wanted to  make a contribution to this beautiful country of Canada on the significant occasion of it 100th Birthday, in 1967.  

It was Canada's Centennial year.  From one Commonwealth country to another, we wanted to present a special gifit to our new home.

It was a special year and deserved a special gift.  In the spirit of the Caribbean, the gift of a magnifient festival showcasing the Trinidaian/Tobago  culture, spirit, life, dance and celebration.  The gift of Caribana.

The effects of our gift has continued to a yearly celebrantion that has become a permanent event that is appreciated by all nationalites in this country.

Ken Shaw Caribana Interview

If you click on the photo of Ken Shaw being interviewed in 1988 by Marina Papagianoloulos you hear him describe how the Caribana began in 1967.

It was a gift from the Trinidad and Tobaga, a twin-island nation in the Caribbean for Canada's 100th Birthday.

He further mentioned that the Caribana festival experienced some difficult years.

The biggest problem that was being facing was having the City allow them and give permits for a bunch of Caribbean people to close a street and allow a crowd of Caribbean people to jump up and down in a from of Carnival.

That was then, until he met Spyros Peter Goudas around 1971, 1972 and convinced this entrepeneur to become involved in the Caribana festival, particularly in the financial area, costume creations, negiotaions with the city and the band leaders, among other aspects, to begin a Carnival like this.

Not even Spyros Peter Goudas, Mr. Goudas, could have imagined that this Caribana Carnival would become the main attraction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, every year for many years to come.

At the time, Spyros Peter Goudas (Mr. Goudas) had a Radio Station in Brampton, OntarioBrampton Radio CHIC the last Goudas program in 1977 ) which featured a musical program call the Saturday Night Musical Recipe with announcers Jasse MacDonald (a well- known DJ rom Trinidad and Tobago), Percy Thomas, Wynn Calendar, Roy Stewart, Melodie Grayson, Corrado Acaputo, Colin Hodgson, and many others, who under the direction of Spyros Peter Goudas promoted the Caribana Festival on every other song by way of a news flash.

Not long after that, the Caribean Festival became part of the City.

The popularity of Spyros Peter Goudas' Saturday Night Musical Recipe program caught the attention of the Canadian Government with up to this point had enacted a law which stated that Radio Stations must include 50 percent of Canadian Content Music within programs.

Since Spyros Peter Goudas did not agree with this policy realising that the ethnic population was increasing rapidly during this period, he ignored the request of the governmnent to the point that the government made a decision to shut down his program completely to the disappoint of million of loyal followers of the program.

However, through his connections Spyros Peter Goudas met Mr. Trudeau (Pierre Elliot Trudeau) Prime Minister of Canada at the time who was also a visionary and he agreed that this country needed all the nationalities so he gave Mr. Goudas the green light and hinted at should Peter continue with Radio and Television activities and also approached him to join the party and become Minister of Multiculturalism which was a new Ministry at that time.

According to Kenn F. Shah, with the participation of Spyros Peter Goudas (Mr. Goudas), the Caribana Festival became the biggest event of the City.

We will make a pause here to mention something written in the book, One Caribana Story by Spyros Peter Goudas.   On the day the parade at 2:00 a.m when he arrived at Varsity Stadium he was the only white guy in short pants, slippers and a bunch of cameras and camera equipment thought that he was a Boston Marathon runner who had lost his direction and ended up at Varsity Stadium.

Nevertheless, the parade travelled down University Avenue all the way to the Lakeshore without any incident on that beautiful, glorious day.

On that day, over 10,000 small packages of rice were thrown into the crowd (thousands of people) along the parade route.

You view this further on in the article.

Kenn F. Shah, Russel Charter, were all very happy with the final outcom of the Caribana Festivities and thanked Spyros Peter Goudas immensely for his participation, input and interaction in the festival.

The plans for Goudass' involvement in the following year's festivities started almost immediately to make the biggest Caaribaana ever.

The organization, costume designers, band leader, masqueraders, other members had often met at the 813 Club for further discussion and planogramsl

Finally, the big day arrived.  Caribana 1976.  What a day!  There were a drop or two of rain at around 2 or 3 o'clock in morning.  

Between 4 to 5 o'clock there was an increase to ten drops.  By 6 o'clock, there was a general meeting outside of Varsity Stadium, every one looking up at the sky at the clouds, contemplating the possibility of postponing the event for another day.

They all decided to keep going and hope for the best. 

At around 10 or 11 o'clock the skies opened and torrents of water came down and destroyed everything.  The resulting events are documented in the book, One Caribana Story.

It was mentioned that they found Spyros Peter Goudas  sitting under one monument in the pouring rain.  When asked what he was doing, he stated .........

For anyone who wants to know his response we have included the One Caribana Story within this article for you to grasp the profound effects of this day on him.

Ken Shaw being interviewed by Marina Papagianoloulos 1988

If you click on the photo of Ken Shaw being interviewed by Marina Papagianoloulos you hear him describe how the Caribana began in 1967.

It was a gift from the Trinidad and Tobaga, a twin-island nation in the Caribbean for Canada's 100th Birthday.

He further mentioned that the Caribana festival experienced some difficult years.

The biggest problem that was being facing was having the City allow them and give permits for a bunch of Caribbean people to close a street and allow a crowd of Caribbean people to jump up and down in a from of Carnival.

1975 Caribana in Toronto Canada. The Best Caribana ever.

We have incorporated several photos of the 1975 Caribana so that the old-timers who participated in the most beautiful parade would be able to see themselves and remember the fun of the occasion Spyros Peter Goudas.

 Caribana Toronto Canada The Best Caribana ever We have incorporated several photos of the 1975 Caribana so that the old-timers who participated in the most beautiful parade would be able to see themselves and remember the fun of the occasion Spyros Peter Goudas.

 

1975 Caribana Part 3

We have incorporated several photos of the 1975 Caribana so that the old-timers who participated in the most beautiful parade would be able to see themselves and remember the fun of the occasion.

Mr. Goudas understood this, and he wanted to show the world what was involved in this celebration.

Thats why he wrote a book with the title one caribana story.

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

When Mr.Goudas thought he had managed to capture the essence of the parade, he called all the people who participated in some of the various bands to the club to see it.

They were unanimous in their agreement that it was the best two hour film they had seen portraying the Caribana parade.

 Mr Spyros Peter Goudas said that this allowed the people to see that this parade was not made up of a bunch of idiots dressed up in costumes and jumping up and down all over the place, but the work of some very skilled and talented people, bringing to Canada a culture that has prevailed for many, many years.

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

Mr. Goudas understood this, and he wanted to show the world what was involved in this celebration. Thats why he wrote a book with the title one caribana story.

That was then, until he met Spyros Peter Goudas around 1971, 1972 and convinced this entrepeneur to become involved in the Caribana festival, particularly in the financial area, costume creations, negiotaions with the city and the band leaders, among other aspects, to begin a Carnival like this.

Not even Spyros Peter Goudas, Mr. Goudas, could have imagined that this Caribana Carnival would become the main attraction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, every year for many years to come.

At the time, Spyros Peter Goudas (Mr. Goudas) had a Radio Station in Brampton, Ontario which featured a musical program call the Saturday Night Musical Recipe with announcers Jasse MacDonald (a well- known DJ rom Trinidad and Tobago), Percy Thomas, Wynn Calendar, Roy Stewart, Melodie Grayson, Corrado Acaputo, Colin Hodgson, and many others, who under the direction of Spyros Peter Goudas promoted the Caribana Festival on every other song by way of a news flash.

Ken Shaw Caribana Interview

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

CARIBANA INDO CARIBBEAN WORLD NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK CARIBANA 1975-1976

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

 This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

 Mr Goudas said that this allowed the people to see that this parade was not made up of a bunch of idiots dressed up in costumes and jumping up and down all over the place, but the work of some very skilled and talented people, bringing to Canada a culture that has prevailed for many, many years.

 Mr Goudas said that this allowed the people to see that this parade was not made up of a bunch of idiots dressed up in costumes and jumping up and down all over the place, but the work of some very skilled and talented people, bringing to Canada a culture that has prevailed for many, many years.

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

ΣΠΥΡΟΣ ΓΟΥΔΑΣ This photo portrays part of the 1975 Caribana Film and the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, titled, One Caribana Story

 

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Kenn F. Shah Interview 1989


04 May 2002 REMEMBERING KENN F. SHAH

Kenn F. Shah one of the producers of the Caribana Parade and friend of Spyros Peter Goudas, talking in a 1989 interview

Goudas Rice Is Very Nice (Yyeessss!)
Goudas rice is very nice (Yes, I can feel de groove)
Goudas Rice is very nice (Aha, aha)
It is good for Pelau (Yes mann!  Alright!)
And Chinese Fried Rice (Oh mi gawd!)  (One more time)
Goudas Rice is very nice. (Repeat.  
Ping pong, ping pong, ping, pong, ping, pong!)

Bernadette Scott, one of the writers of the biography of Spyros Peter Goudas

I am, Bernadette Scott, one of the writers of this biography of Spyros Peter Goudas and I have been assigned the privilege of writing the following small article about Mr. Kenn F. Shah, O.M.C, B.Sc., Chairman of Republic Day Celebrations, Toronto, Canada, a gentleman who played a very important role in Mr. Goudas’ life.

Channeling all my energy as a Trinidadian (by birth) and a mas lover, I could visualize Mr. Kenn F. Shah, mas man, band leader and an integral part of the Caribana Committee, in the middle of his mas camp with a steeldrum player strategically ringing out the above Goudas Song rhythm on the steeldrum.

What a moment of inspiration. At that moment, Kenn may have finally found enough confidence and drive to contact this Mr. Goudas  Spyros Peter Goudas individual with a proposal to enter the Caribana Festival in the early 1970’s.

As a matter of fact, the Goudas Theme Song with its dancing rice and beans orchestra is an excellent rhythm for a steel drum solo. 

Coincidentally, the idea and song was a Trinidadian experience - the product of an idea by Mr. Jasse McDonald (a former radio personality in Trinidad and Tobago) and the Raymond family, also from this twin island nation of The Carnival, in 1973.  

This link introduces you to the history of The Goudas Rice Song.

It is a rhythm that could have a whole crowd, a whole stadium and all of University Avenue grooving.

In North America, the word Pelau, the national dish of Trinidad and Tobago is synonymous with MR. GOUDAS RICE and GOUDAS GREEN PIGEON PEAS! 

And of course, a generous helping of Mr. Goudas Trinidad Style Hot Sauce.

Kenn Shah approached Mr. Goudas to take part in the Caribana Festival by convincing him it would be an explosive advertising opportunity for his company.  

KENN F. SHAH KEN SHAH CARIBANA STORY BOOK Caribana is a colourful explosion of costumed masqueraders, steel drums, calypso, brass bands and music. Although the small twin island of Trinidad and Tobago only have 1.5 million people, they have mad a huge contribution and gave a generous gift to Canada for it’s 100th Birthday in 1967. Mr. Goudas wrote the book to let the world know that this is not a bunch of idiots dressing up and jumping up and down but it is the culmination of the work of very talented individuals.

The rest is history and is documented in the book written by Spyros Peter Goudas, entitled,One Caribana Story.

CARIBANA STORY BOOK


Caribana is a colourful explosion of costumed masqueraders, steel drums, calypso, brass bands and music. Although the small twin island of Trinidad and Tobago only have 1.5 million people, they have mad a huge contribution and gave a generous gift to Canada for it’s 100th Birthday in 1967.

Mr. Goudas wrote the book to let the world know that this is not a bunch of idiots dressing up and jumping up and down but it is the culmination of the work of very talented individuals.

ΣΠΥΡΟΣ ΓΟΥΔΑΣ CARIBANA STORY BOOK Caribana is a colourful explosion of costumed masqueraders, steel drums, calypso, brass bands and music. Although the small twin island of Trinidad and Tobago only have 1.5 million people, they have mad a huge contribution and gave a generous gift to Canada for it’s 100th Birthday in 1967. Mr. Goudas wrote the book to let the world know that this is not a bunch of idiots dressing up and jumping up and down but it is the culmination of the work of very talented individuals.

 

The relationship between Mr. Shah and Mr. Goudas developed into a true friendship and fostered the opportunity for Spyros Peter Goudas becoming an integral part of the Caribana Festival which led to him

In the photo, starting from the left, are Spyros Peter Goudas, Bill Diamadopoulos - a Radio and Television Personality, and Kenn F.Shah presenting the Award to Spyros Peter Goudas ΣΠΥΡΟΣ ΓΟΥΔΑΣ

In the photo, starting from the left, are Spyros Peter Goudas, Bill Diamadopoulos - a Radio and Television Personality, and Kenn F.Shah presenting the Award to Spyros Peter Goudas.

Mr. Shah totally and unexpectedly passed away.

Not long after this contribution by Kenn Shah, representative of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Shah totally and unexpectedly passed away.

A fact that blew everyone’s mind away.

The news of his death was relayed to Mr. Goudas Spyros Peter Goudas very quickly. 

Spyros Peter Goudas was in shock, disbelief and filled with a deep sense of sadness and loss.  
He immediately asked his secretary to cancel all his appointments.

He arrived at the wake for Mr. Shah to pay his respects. (A wake is a ceremony associated with death. 

Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased, with the body present; however, modern wakes are often performed at a funeral home.

In the United States and Canada it is synonymous with a viewing.

It is often a social rite which highlights the idea that the loss is one of a social group and affects that group as a whole.)

There were many people outside. He walked up the side of the house to the back garden, and entered the house from the back. 

Needless, to say, from the corridor to the back of the house it was full, and he reiterated full, of mourners.

He entered the house and noted that every inch of space inside was occupied.

Someone mentioned that Mrs. Shah was downstairs in the recreation room.  

He made his way there, and upon entering that room, he found that it too was filled to capacity. 

He approached Mrs. Shah and spoke to her for a while giving his condolences and reminiscing a little.  
He then returned to the main floor. Finally, he ended up in the living room sitting on the floor. 

He noted that there were no chairs; everyone was sitting on the floor with their backs to the wall. 

There was very little talking or no talking at all.

In some instances, there was complete silence with heads bowed down, many crying, mourning and paying their respects in silence.

Well, Mr. Goudas broke the silence and he began narrating Mr. Kenn Shah’s life, his relationship with him, Kenn Shah’s contribution to Caribana, to the Caribbean (Trinidadian and Tobago) Culture in Canada. 

There was an instant sense that Mr. Goudas related some funny memories which broke the deep despair at this loss and transposed the occasion into a celebration of his life and achievements.

For more than one hour, everyone, from the garden, the backyard, the side entrance, the basement, the stairs, from everywhere avidly listened to what seemed like a conversation about Kenn Shah. 

Mr. Goudas closed the narration by saying the following:  
There is no doubt that Caribana will continue from years to come, but,

 WITHOUT KENN F. SHAH, CARIBANA WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

Mr. Goudas mentioned that during his narration, some of the facts he disclosed about Kenn Shah seemed to surprise some of the mourners.

It is also very important to let you know that each one of the hundreds of mourners in attendance at this wake knew Mr. Goudas very well. 

On the way out, everyone shook hands with him or maybe touched his shoulder in acknowledgement.

We are very certain, that at each and every at the yearly Caribana Celebration Events someone remembers Mr. Kenn F. Shah.

The last photo of Kenn Shah appears on the article, Spyros Peter Goudas Mr. Goudas 60th Birthday in 29 March Celebration in 2002. He is in the top row,  right. 
 
He is presenting Mr. Goudas with the Trinidad and Tobago Award.

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CARIBANA 1976

They were all at Varsity Stadium at 2 a.m. rehearsing, testing instruments and sound systems, making small practice dance moves and all laughing and smiling in preparation for the big event.

Some people even came to see him with the idea that this should be called “GOUDAS DAY”. Now, everyone knew who Mr. Goudas was and that he wasn’t just a lost runner but the organizer of the whole event!

At 6:00 am, the first drops of rain lightly spotted the parade route.

Everyone thought that this was a cloud, which would pass, but the rain continued as a light shower.

The parade started to move at 10:00 a.m. and most people had already strategically positioned themselves along University Avenue to get the best possible view of this spectacular display of costumes, colour, music and dancing.

As the parade was almost half way along the route the sky opened giving torrents of water to invade the festivities.

The spectators ran for shelter from the relentless downpour.

Some ran back to their hotels and cars, some to the dry subway tunnels.

Some of the dancers and helpers of Mr. Goudas group finally had to run for cover.

The musicians tried every possible way to protect and cover their instruments.

The beautiful costumes, which had taken 6 months to prepare, melted into coloured puddles at the dancers’ feet.

As he sat on the grass near the monument viewing the wrath of nature, he thought of the expenditure of time, effort and money and he said

“I had experienced many rainstorms in my life, but never had really paid much attention, as these storms have only wet my hair and clothes.

This storm of Caribana 1976 wet my eyes and broke my heart”.
Spyros Peter Goudas

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Mr. Goudas paused, took a deep breath and finished by saying that the Caribana parade is a wonderful thing that happens to Toronto every year and is one of the most beautiful gifts that the Caribbean has given to Canada.

It is safe to say that Mr. Goudas ( Spyros Peter Goudas ) is one of the grandfathers and pioneers of the Caribana celebration.

CARIBANA 1990

 This clip demonstrates what the Caribana Parade is all about.

 Spyros Peter Goudas had always been a part of the festival since 1975. 

In the beginning of the film you could see Spyros on the left along with his friend Ken Shaw.

 

 Caribana 1990 This clip demonstrates what the Caribana Parade is all about.  Spyros Peter Goudas had always been a part of the festival since 1975.  In the beginning of the film you could see Spyros on the left along with his friend Ken Shaw.  For more information about Caribana, read One Caribana Story in the Books and Articles Section. Not even Spyros Peter Goudas, Mr. Goudas, could have imagined that this Caribana Carnival would become the main attraction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, every year for many years to come.  At the time, Spyros Peter Goudas (Mr. Goudas) had a Radio Station in Brampton, Ontario which featured a musical program call the Saturday Night Musical Recipe with announcers Jasse MacDonald (a well- known DJ from Trinidad and Tobago), Percy Thomas, Wynn Calendar, Roy Stewart, Melodie Grayson, Corrado Acaputo, Colin Hodgson, and many others, who under the direction of Spyros Peter Goudas promoted the Caribana Festival on every other song by way of a news flash. ΣΠΥΡΟΣ ΓΟΥΔΑΣ

 

Mr. Goudas Events and News

 

Memoirs of Willie Williams

 

The following story has been written in one of Mr. Goudas memoirs, in 2007. 

Photo of Willie Wiilliams IN 2008
 

We thought it was appropriate to include it under the time frame that it happened. 1975 - 1978 

In the days of the 813 Club, Mr. Goudas was one of the main disc jockeys in the club, and when he was spinning the records. 


It was an EVENT…EVERYONE WAS ON THE DANCE FLOOR.

Even single people danced by themselves! After all it was a night out.  
Who could resist Mr. Whoo?  (MR. SPYROS PETER GOUDAS) He knew exactly what pleased the crowd, and the faster the music, the better the fun.

Obviously, the working crew, which included waiters, bartenders, cooks etc., did not participate in this particular session. They engaged in private breaks. 

On this particular occasion Willie Williams, the manager of the 813 Club, took the moment to go to the washroom.  

At one point, while everyone was dancing, shouting and screaming with joy, Willie, who is a 380-pound and almost 7 foot giant, pulled his zipper up and accidentally caught something, causing him to jump up and down, and to howl in pain.

He ran out of the washroom jumping up and down and screaming for mercy. 

He then unintentionally joined the crowd who was already jumping up and down to the rhythms of Mr. Whoo playing The Six and Seven Books of Moses

For anyone who knows the song, back then it was referred to as the SKA, and no one ever sat down to this music.

Needless to say, even when the song was finished, Willie Williams was still screaming and jumping up and down. 

Not knowing the pain he was suffering, because of what was caught in his fly, the crowd requested Mr. Whoo to play the song all over again, to please the manager who was obviously in a dancing mood! 

When they finally realized that Willie Williams was in excruciating pain, all the ladies VOLUNTEERED to assist in comforting him until the ambulance arrived.

Although it appears to be a funny story, it was actually very painful…to even write it!

NOTE:  Willie is 100% okay today, but back then he could not engage in certain activities for a considerable period of time. 

Regardless, after these many years, we still laugh every time this story comes up…!

 

Big Willy in 1997 for Mr.Goudas

Big Willy gives a  Toast at the Celebration of Spyros Peter Goudas 30 years.

Willy Williams was the Manager of the 813 Club one of the best Caribbean Clubs in North America, from 1972 to 1982. 

He was also the personal bodyguard of Spyros Peter Goudas. 

Each Christmas, Spyros Peter Goudas gave a free  party for children of all nationalities in the 813 club and Willy Williams dressed up as Santa Claus and entertained all the children.

In this video, Big Willy, his nickname, ad libbed whatever he had to say on the occasion of Spyros Peter Goudas 30 year anniversay in Canada.

 

Willy Williams was the Manager of the 813 Club one of the best Caribbean Clubs in North America, from 1972 to 1982.   He was also the personal bodyguard of Spyros Peter Goudas.

 

Αναμνήσεις από το Caribana in GREEK 

 Ήμουνα όμως τυχερός, γιατί εκείνες τις μέρες βρέθηκα στο γραφείο του κ. Γούδα και τον ρώτησα: «Τι είναι αυτή η παρέλαση που λέγεται Caribana;» 

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CARIBANA INDO CARIBBEAN WORLD NEWSPAPER FLASHBACK CARIBANA 1975-1976