Andis Kaulins And Other Expats They Say Day-ay-ay-o-o

The Wuxi China Expatdom’s official musicians, the WCE Trio have spent the past month in search of a fresh new sound. Finally, yesterday, the Trio emerged re-born as a Caribbean-style calypso band.

Band-member Kennesaw "Hui Shan" Landis found an old Harry Belafonte recording (45 RPM, vinyl) of the Banana Boat Song, and the Trio
spent countless hours rehearsing the words and music. This is the only calyso song in the Trio’s repertoire for now, however they intend to
gather more tunes in due course.

Appearing in full-song in Gambays late yesterday afternoon, bar patrons found the rhythm infectious, and rapidly a conga line was formed. From there the Trio and the conga-line moved out into the street, and began their progress through the avenues of the Expatdom.

"Stack banana till the mornin’ come,
Daylight come and me wan’ go home"

As the Trio, and ever-lengthening Expat conga-line wound their way out of the 1912 Bar District and into the commercial district, more and more Expats came rushing from their apartments, or their workplaces, to take-part in the joyous street parade.

"Work all night on a drink a’ rum
Daylight come and me wan’ go home!"

Not even the most reserved, and usually-quiet Expats could resist the Rio Carnivale-like experience that was snaking it’s way through the downtown

"Me say day, me say day-ay-o-o-o!"

As the conga-crocodile – now stretching back for at least 3-4 klms, reached Zhongshan, the sounds of the steel-drums and 24,000 Banana Boat voices reached the ears of Andis Kaulins, hard at work in his role as the Expatdom’s foremost English teacher.

Dropping his subjunctive-clause textbook, Andis ran back to his desk. There he rummaged through his drawers and quickly found his tutti-frutti Carmen Miranda hat, lipstick, a low-cut sarong, and his diamante’ platform sandals. Suitably-attired, Andis rushed-out into the street to hook-up with the conga line.

"It’s six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan’ go home!"

There, his buns were grasped tightly by Hans Klingner, and Andis, in turn, took hold of Chief Inspector Harry Callahan’s waist, and on and on continued the rapturous Expats.

At last report, the conga-line stretched from the 1912 Bar District to the Taihu Dadao, with approximately 250,000 Expats sashaying and limbo-ing their way into the gathering dusk.



About wuxiandis

An English Teacher in Wuxi, China. Married to a local girl. Father of a boy born August 23, 2007.
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