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The Daniel Literary Awards

Sunday, May 1st

Leopards' Club: 1.30 p.m.

Tickets: Cash only: Music Box Tuesdays to Saturdays 10 a.m to 5 p.m. or call 595-9841 for delivery

Cost $35 (Includes presentations, entertainment and refreshments)


The Bermuda Jazz Fishcake Festival

Featuring Miles Manders and Keith Lee with Desta Zion


An Idea Is Born

Miles Manders. A unique evening of jazz with special guest Desta Zion. Directly opposite the old Hubies at Rosalie Gardens, 35 Angle Street. admission: $10 at the gate.. Salad and fishcake $10. Come relax and enjoy. Open bar. 

With Miles Manders

Keith Lee


Review: The Griot

Published March 1,2022

Open Mic BDA


“Griot Bookstore”

Open Mic BDA

By Dale Butler -Executive Director

Atlantic Publishing House

Posted: March 1, 2022

         Attending the Open Mic BDA event on Saturday, 26th February, 2022 entitled “The Story of Us,” held by the Griot Bookstore, 32 Parliament Street, Hamilton— evoked many memories of the late Mrs. Annie Young who ran the popular True Reflections Bookstore in the adjacent building. Mrs. Young and family were enthusiastic all African-Bermudian entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, the store met its fate like the Liberation Bookstore (Alvira Warner), and The Somerset News Agency (Dudley Bassette). Today, however, Ian Cameron has developed a beautiful bookstore—selling African-Bermudian literature, masks, metaphysical and health books since its opening in February 2020. Realizing the interest in having a venue for the creative arts they provided an opportunity for a huge cast of talented younger people to shine with the spoken word and song. Coming at the end of Black History month it was an excellent night showcasing a talented cast of performers.

      MC Hannah Eggen is a confident, eloquent and vivacious young woman who kept the event flowing non-stop with one intermission to enjoy wines from Pink Barrel BDA Crystal and Marvin) and snacks from Thea Thomas’ Bakery ensured we received first class service which had started with the hostesses from the minute I arrived. Hannah also played acoustic guitar and sang the John Fogerty song Proud Mary - “Rollin’ on the River”—made popular by Ike and Tina Turner. She can easily do a one woman show to great acclaim.

       If I had to grade the artists they would have all received an “A”. They spoke passionately and unscripted with profoundly provocative thoughts that readily drew loud applause, shouts and standing ovations. The group consisted of:

MiltonMcKenzie:Word Play; Are you ready to take me on and Jill Scott. It was captivating.

Kimoy Dixon: 48 poems love and romance. Black, Black, Black. And My Community. Let’s Get Back To Soul. Strong.

Tiffany Paynter: Rooster with audience participation. Very unique and creative. A show stopper. Her second poem was “Kairos,” How many memories will it take to cement your future? Heart stopper.

Frenchie: I know it because I feel it. Spoken word and dance to “Bottom of the River”. Very memorable.

Kushi Ming: The fullness of life is underrated. Donny Hathaway: I sing this song to you a message for his daughter. Unforgettable.

Aquilah Fleming:Longtails - an aerial courtship. Using local icons. Thought- provoking.

Salayah: Another rising star, aged 17 received a standing ovation for her two original songs: guitar and singing: Addict and Last Girl. I see an album coming.

Quinn:an original song: Close My Mind had a beautiful and seductive piano introduction that won the hearts of the audience.

        Joy Barnum: having opened the Bermuda African Dance Company showcase event the same night captivated us with a very unique version of Strange Fruit—made popular by Billie Holiday/Nina Simone. Joy changed the tragic emphasis of the original song to the pandemic. Wow! Then she wrapped up the night with “Spirit.”

Vejay Steede: Poem: 7 Test: Hear your voice on the tips of leaves, said it best, “It was better than any of the huge concerts he had seen in the USA. It was world class with born and bred participants.”

        The night was made complete when we had a moment of silence for a few seconds to reflect on the state of the world. We were then prepared for a busy week with the great sounds of Kinya and The Timeless Nomads Bandwho gave us three songs: Jack, Watermelon Sugar and Alive.

              The band consisted of:

Jackson Gahagan: alto sax (Canada)

Timothy Karweti: piano (Kenya)

Kinya Kiunga: singer (Kenya)

Arion Rattan: guitar (Trinidad)

Shawn: Bass (Bermuda)

    The band has a lot of potential. They were keen to play and I’ve no doubt they have a bright future after this initial exposure which was well received by their peers.

      Yes, all of this for $60 in the beautiful bookstore and a spacious hall upstairs. Congrats Griot! You are leading the renaissance of local venues and performance. You may outgrow yourself in the years to come if you maintain high standards with the commitment of your support staff and the performers who have bright and promising futures, coupled with their level of confidence and reassuring dedication for Bermuda’s cultural arts.


PS: Also see Bernews for music, food and book reviews by Dale Butler

PPS: Also Bernews Review of the same event by VJ Steede.


The Griot: Open Mic BDA


The Clarence Hill Sports Arena

Saturday, March 5th at 2 p.m. 

Victor Scott students, teachers and neighbours

Minister Diallo Rabain J.P.M.

 & Sunday at the car park opposite the PLP. (Minister of Sport, general public, Clarence special guests. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m then we come to Rosalie Gardens a short walk away to cut the ribbon.


Saturday, March 5th at 2 p.m outside of Hubies,35 Angle Street there will be a short celebration to honour Clarence Hill then we will cut the ribbon to the Clarence Hill Sports Arena which is located in Rosalie Gardens. Titan Tours passes through along with The Town Crier and The Afircan Diaspora Trail. Please comply with Covid Rules.

And on Sunday, March 6th the ceremony at 2 p.m. starts at the car park opposite the PLP. Minister of Sports, The Hon. Ernest Peets J.P. M.P. will be present. After that we will go to Rosalie Gardens to cut the ribbon. Double ceremony to keep the numbers down. Rosalie Gardens will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Covid Rules apply re mask.

Coming in 2022.  An evening with Sir John W. Swan KBE, J.P.

National Hero (2016): The 1994 Prophetic Throne Speech

Dates will be posted in early January.

The GOVT. Blueprint:  1994 

Rare tape found: Hear it 

Diversifying the economy and the social well-being of Bermuda.

. crime against young people

. crime against tourists .

. rehabilitation .

. social instabilities

. improvement of education and extracurricular activity

. Green Paper on Independence

and so much more

  Dinner, question and answer, and hear the only tape available of this speech. 


595-9841 or daledbutler@gmail. com. Or Music Box: Tuesd to Sat. 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Cash Onlyor delivery: Cash Only. Covid Rules Apply. 

Numbers are limited.

Time: 6 p.m.

Dinner event. You will hear the speech recording 

Admission oncludes dinner and speech etc: $55

Question and answer 1st night when Sir John is present. Dates are being finalized.

Second night: Tape and comments.

In aid of cultural programmes: "The Heartbeat Cultural Centre No 1" 

To cover cost we will have a few internal prize draws.

Leopards' Club: Cedar Avenue

Hear the speech each night

Coming in February 2022


The Heartbeat Cultural Centre


"Rosalie Gardens"​

Butler Villa

35 Angle Street, Hamilton HM17

(Opposite Hubie's  Jazz Club)


1. Appointment of Resident Musician/ Artist

2. Appointment of Groundsman

3. Calendar for the first 6 months of 2022


Coming in March a tribute to Clarence "Champ" Hill Bermuda's first Olympic medalist. Bronze: Boxing 1976, Montreal, Canada. 

The Clarence Hill Sports arena is one of The 10 Wonders of The Heartbeat Arena. It will be part of the Town Criers Tour and The African Disapora Tour. Grand opening in March

The gardens now include a tribute to "Lord Necktie" and The Talbot Brothers


Review of Uncle Ray's is in Bernews. There are 16 mainly take-out restaurants in the Heartbeat area I defined. Over 100 businesses ranging from law firms, salons, clothing stores, a funeral parlour, 5 churches, 3 schools, liquor stores, a gas station, two Unions and soon to come the 10 Wonders of the Heartbeat area

Culture and Food: The area has a lot to discover.  Mext will be the oldest remaining restaurant in the area The Jamaican Grill. And the unveiling of  The 10 Wonders of the Heartbeat area .

Update: Nov. 9, 2021

1. Logos have been created for our projects. Adding to the list below will be

. Legacy Insights

. Shining hour take-outs

. Heartbeat Restaurant Reviews

Reviews also on Bernews include: (All Court Street Restaurants in the Heartbeat of Hamilton)

1. The African Bakery

2. Q's

3. Juice & Beans

Music Review:

The Bermuda Carollers

The second review published on Bernews Nov.10,2021

"Uncle Ray's" Court Street

Uncle Ray’s Restaurant

Court Street

Open: 12 - 5 p.m.

Review by Dale Butler

It is hard to believe that there are 16 restaurants in what I call “The Heartbeat of Hamilton,”

. North: The Wok going west to Cedar Avenue

. Cedar Avenue, going south to Victoria Street, then going East on the side of Sensational Delights to the top of

. King Street going North back to The Wok . Filled with culture and history it is also visited by the African Diaspora Trail and Town Crier.

Offering a variety of ethic food from Bermudian, Jamaican, Chinese, French,Indian, Filipino, Arabic and Italian, this area has always produced outstanding chefs/restaurants of the past like Mama Stella’s, “Puffy’s” (Alfred Tavares), Lorraine/Checkerboard, Leroy and Sylvia Simmons, The Fish Hut and Turkey Barnes/Rancho Grande. But by far the longest survivor is the iconic Jamaican Grill on Court Street.

One of the still active chefs of this by-gone era is Raymond Burgess who gained his training at home and later in the industry at “Shalom” opposite The Dellwood Middle School where Bermuda’s first arcade - W.E.R. Joell’s Arcade was located - and later “The Cardinal Nightclub” on Reid Street and Spinning Wheel on Court Street. Now comfortably located for 5 years in the “Morning Crew Bar & Lounge” with indoor service or take-out under a blue umbrella on Court Street, Uncle Ray is a hidden secret of taste. In more ways than one this is a simple gem of local food prepared fresh daily without fancy garnishes. It has a “come back factor”. It is not located on the internet, an APP or in Fodor’s and is probably off the tourism scene but it is one of those restaurants that tourists often hope to find while wandering around. Make no mistake about it, Uncle Ray, as he is called, is a seasoned veteran with all of the culinary tricks. Aware that people are not eating pork like they used to or salt, many a chef has floundered to make peas and rice or split pea soup (the ham-hock gave the taste). But Uncle Ray learned his craft well and makes both without pork but the combination of other flavourings has given the food the original taste. The prices are very reasonable and so are the helpings.

I live close by so I can say I have eaten there several times. My favourites are:

. The BLT, toasted with mayo

. The beef and or chicken pies. Tasty and the pastry is like grandmother made it. Often sold out.

. Order of Bermuda fish or fish dinner lightly seasoned so you can taste the fish

I have never had a hamburger but the constant orders for them and fries indicate their popularity along with the fried chicken legs. He also makes a good fishcake. But last week I sampled two of his signature dishes.

If you want a four-star stamp for local food you have to go beyond peas and rice and macaroni and even codfish and potatoes which has become rather standard. If you can nail barley soup (not my favourite), split pea soup and or paw paw casserole you deserve “Chef of the Year.”. Uncle Ray has mastered the soups with an excellent combination of vegetables and broth and I had a feast with the delicious roll. And for the first time in my life I enjoyed barley soup. No doubt, if requested, the pawpaw casserole would also be award-winning.

While waiting, feel free to see the historic “Girls Arts and Crafts Institute” which is to the north and is the headquarters of Bermuda’s oldest political party, the P.L.P. (1965); the fencing directly opposite is creatively unique with funeral tags of many people who enjoyed the area and also close by are the butterfly mural, the football mural and the iconic “Omg Juicery” now offering seating outside. Directly adjacent is a second-hand furniture store whose owner, Vorhees Lightbourne, is a luminary of the area, better still, the unofficial Mayor “helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.”

Uncle Ray’s is one of those places you might walk right by, without realizing it is popular with locals who are the world’s best critics of food, politics and cleanliness. When they frequent a place you know the food has to be good with value for your money. Open Monday to Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m. strict Covid Rules apply and Safe Key compulsory if eating and drinking inside.


Dale Butler is a former educator and Minister of Culture. He also writes music reviews. He is NOT paid to write these reviews and does not accept complimentary food when he returns. Restaurants are chosen depending on his taste for the day. Eventually, he hopes to cover all 16 restaurants in the area he has designated as “The Heartbeat of Hamilton”.

The first restaurant review of "Quality Kitchen" in the heartbeat district:

Part 1: The introduction

“1 to 4: Heartbeat Restaurant Review”

By Dale Butler


New life is being breathed into the North East Hamilton zone by the Government, residents, and merchants. Khalid Wasi was the forerunner of rejuvenating this area. He would be very proud to see his dream slowly materialize. As The Royal Gazette writer, Carol Parker, stated in February 2011: “The area was once the hub of Bermuda entertainment, the place to visit for great local cuisine and an assortment of goods and services.”

Historically, it’s seen as an area established for the black working class who arrived from the West Indies. It abounds with landmark historic buildings like Alaska Hall, Wantley House, Young Men’s Social Club (Social Club—a shortened reference), lodges, and the First Church of God. However, it has been labeled by a younger group, almost always with few ties to the area, as “Back-A-Tarn”. Recently, it has also been called “Uptown”, but when you sum it up from folklore stories about Hubie’s Jazz Bar, Parkers’ Hill, Scratchie’s Barbershop, Social Club and Maria Benn’s, to Clarke’s and Hendrickson’s Bars, The Green Gables, Spinning Wheel, Paramount Variety Store and the start to finish of the May 24th Derby, it is really “The Heartbeat” of Hamilton. In virtually every barbershop conversation you will, sooner or later, also hear discussions about the current and former outstanding restaurants that gained a strong footing there. The Fish Hut, Puffy’s, Muslim Bakery, Chinese Restaurant, Mama Stella’s, Lorraine’s Checkerboard, and Fred “Turkey” Barnes famous Rancho Grande are often referred to with a myriad of stories, but they have all since closed.

This restaurant review will concentrate on “The Heartbeat of Hamilton” with an eastern boundary of King Street going north to Parsons Road, west to Cedar Avenue, and then turning east along Victoria Street to King Street. Some might think there are only a few restaurants in the area but you are going to be in for a real surprise. The variety will shock you because they offer quite a selection from Bermudian, Filipino, Indian, West Indian, French and Chinese food. With that detailed summary, my first review, later this week will be the recently opened “Quality Kitchen” in the Leopards Club International Bermuda. I commend Sensei Fred

~2~ “Skipper” Ingham who formed “The Back-A-Tarn Development Association” in the 1970s, Khalid Wasi, and the current merchants working hard to bring about these changes.


Dale Butler is a former principal and Government Minister for Culture. He currently writes music reviews for Bernews and previously wrote the popular “Eating with Ed” for the Bermuda Sun in the 1980s. As a former director with the Little Venice Group for 20 years, he has a broad knowledge of food and service.

Part 2: 

“1 to 4: Heartbeat Restaurant Review"

By Dale Butler

“Quality Kitchen”: Leopards Club International Bermuda

A few days ago I introduced this new feature with a description of the history and boundaries of the area, in question, sometimes called “Back-A-Tarn”, but as a long-time resident we call it “The Heartbeat of Hamilton”.

My first restaurant review this week is Quality Kitchen, 12 Brunswick Street. Tucked away, just a stone's throw from the Catholic Church on Cedar Avenue, is the distinctive Leopards Club International Bermuda—well-known, since its inception in 1949, for its community service, supper club live radio broadcasts, May 24th celebrations and having a long list of distinguished members and presidents who introduced the term “Longtail”, with fondness and fanfare, when referring to overseas black tourists who were accommodated in “The Plaza Guest House” adjacent to the Club. In spite of Covid restricting membership activity, the Club—now being led by former marathon star Cal Bean has been preparing a variety of events and improvements. It was, therefore, satisfying to witness the reopening of a spotless restaurant under the management of well-known caterer Mr. Raymond Dowling and his son Jerome.

The Club has always had a reputation for its Friday night fish dinners. At one point the famous “Mrs. Lorraine”—dressed in a cowgirl outfit from hat to boots was a resident there. She operated out of a bigger space next door where she offered her all-you-can-eat daily brunch at the “Checkmate”.

Mr. Raymond Dowling is a seasoned veteran—having studied in the UK and returning in 1988 to work at the Sonesta Beach Hotel. Catering is a very demanding field and he has done well to hold his own—with a special emphasis on Bermuda dishes and local fish, of course. He opened at the Leopards Club International Bermuda on July 1, 2021, after being at the Ocean View Golf Club (Bermuda) from 2017 to 2020. He also brings to the floor his son Jerome and hires local Bermuda College  ~2~  students ‘in training’ following the tradition of Fred Ming and Herbie Bascome, to name just two. On Sunday two second-year students gave a friendly greeting and service. No doubt, Tanzania Bean and Sherita Rebello have a bright future, at hand, with teachings from an experienced team at the College and now in the industry—a veteran eager to work with them.

There are 16 “grill” items from hamburgers to steak-umms, orders of Bermuda fish, and the fish dinner which was outstanding—my first choice. If you can’t get that right, why bother. Mr. Dowling’s experience with flavour was very evident—with each mouthful ensuring it will take first place for popular dishes. There are 7 side orders expected by Bermudians—such as baked chicken legs, peas & rice, and macaroni & cheese. In the sandwich area, he has 7 options and 4 types of salad.

The prices are quite reasonable and the portions will fill you. During the week I watched a steady stream come, and when asked why? They mentioned Mr. Dowling or the fact that they had enjoyed meals there since its opening. When I saw the flatbread pizza I had to order it. It was absolutely delicious and it wasn’t thick at all. Take-out is very popular—with a selection of cold drinks and seating inside.

On Sunday I returned for the “small” codfish breakfast. I enjoyed it. Yes, there is a “large” serving as well. It is obvious he knows the Bermuda secret for having ripe bananas and avocados.

Mr. Dowling is on a winning wicket. Ideally located, with a balanced selection of food and an opportunity to cater to your needs, he is off to a flying start and deserves 4 stars. Just like the “Checkmate”—run many years ago by Mrs. Lorraine Stowe-Adams, you taste one dish and suddenly you are a regular.

The Quality Kitchen motto: “Nothing Too Big or Too Small, We Do it All”—weddings, office and birthday parties, church functions and funeral wakes, are just a few. Opening hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays 12

~3~ noon-8 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For your orders dial 335-2361 or email

Congrats to Mr. Dowling and his son. Keep the standards of food and service high and locals will bombard you and bring overseas guests as well.


Dale Butler is a former principal and Government Minister for Culture. He currently writes music reviews for Bernews and previously wrote the popular “Eating with Ed” for the Bermuda Sun in the 1980s. As a former director with the Little Venice Group for 20 years, he has a broad knowledge of food and service.


Mission: To advance the musical arts of Bermuda by developing woodwind instrumentalists and singers. with music in the centre surrounded by key strategies for life. 

Motto: Dream big and practice hard.

The Music Success Plan: 11 + 1 is given to every student enrolled. Creative and dynamic covering a variety of needs

Blessed with a Bermuda Garden to Reveal.......


The Clarence Hill Sports Arena

The Clarence Hill Sports Arena:Oct. 2021. Bermuda's first Olympic Medal  (Bronze) was won in 1976 by boxer Clarence Hill. In July 2021, Flora Duffy won Bermuda's first Gold Medal in the Triathlon. Clarence praised her accomplishment. Over the past 10 years Govts. and citizens often spoke highly of Clarence's accomplishment but he never received the gym he wanted or the public request for a statue. This arena is along the African Diaspora Trail and will help to recognize his accomplishments.. (March 2022)


The Fishcake Kings

Dale Butler and Rodney Smith are recognized for their prize-winning fishcakes​ for over 35 years. Dale Butler steps out on a regular basis to erase Rodney's record. They both sell their fishcakes throughout the year.


The Manders School of Music

Bermuda Woodwind teacher and artist, Miles "Trane" Manders is the son of Cromwell Manders who performed in Bermuda's famous Talbot Brothers. Miles is the Director of school which will open in October. Currently they hope to raise $20,000 and need instruments for students of all ages who are interested but do not have an instrument. Please help.


Atlantic Publishing House has over 35 years in the publishing business and has helped numerous authors and published books by Executive Director, Dale Butler and many others.

Atlantic Publishing House is operated by Professor Dale Butler.

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The Music Wall of Fame       The Music Staircase to Heaven

The Kingdom of the Fishcake King

The Clarence Hill Sports Arena

The Loquat Restaurant Reviews

The Manders School of Music

"Giant Steps" Music Reviews

Legacy Adverts & Speeches

Shining Hour Take-Outs

Bermuda Roses for Sale

Crystal Butterfly Awards

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All at Rosalie Gardens, 35 Angle Street, Hamilton, Bermuda

Opened: Sat. July 10, 2021



91 Years old

Mr. Smith knew my mother Rosalie Stella Butler and he was visiting from Florida, heard about the "Darn D Road" Music Festival, and agreed to cut the ribbon. The festival name came from a song made famous by Celeste Robinson and pianist Big Al Harris. It took place on 8 Saturdays and was the only drive-through festival in the world. The road was not blocked and we had chairs for those who wanted to stay and hear entertainment. On the day of the opening music was provided by John Burch of the world-famous "Bermuda Strollers" who were the champions of  song both here and abroad in the 1970s and 80s. Also appearing was "The Empress of Song"  June Caisey. See a Bernews review below. 


"Heartbeat" Music Reviews

by Professor Dale Butler

“Darn D. Road” Ends Saturday, July 10, 2021

By Professor Dale Butler: Sat. July 10th by Bobbi Smith

The “Darn D Road Music Celebration Festival” organized by Atlantic Publishing House, to highlight local musicians, will end on Saturday, July 10th with performances from John Burch an original Bermuda Stroller, and “The Empress of Song” June Caisey.

During its 7 week reign, the following entertainers were recognized with readings and songs:

Charles Michael “Curtis” Clarke

The Talbot Brothers

Hubert Smith

Stan Seymour

Reuben Mc Coy

Lance Hayward

Violetta Carmichael

With strict Covid Regulations enforced, organizers were pleased to have Sylvia Hayward present to talk about her father Lance Hayward and recent developments in Jamaica where he was recognized. Music was provided by Miles “Trane” Manders and Wendy Robinson. Mr. Manders has been busy in “Rosalie Gardens’” developing “The Music Wall of Fame” which has over 200 names of local entertainers and the popular venues they used.

    The event is free and starts at 1.30 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m but this week a donation will be taken in order to defray the loss of 3 specially made “Staircase to Heaven” pallets designed by Mr. Manders that were brutally destroyed by an impatient driver last week Saturday as he deliberately drove over them and promptly disappeared in front of a large crowd of witnesses. The funds will be used to replace them and those who attend will be able to enjoy light refreshments in the garden at the end.

    It is hoped that other parishes will highlight local entertainers throughout the year. Looking towards the future some thought has been given to naming the street “Hubie’s Boulevard”, to honor Hubie and Molly Brown who were the owners of one of the most significant jazz clubs ever developed in Bermuda.

 For additional details contact Professor Dale Butler at 0r 595-9841.

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