Like a mystic, Rita Marley intuitively knew she was divinely called to fulfil a queenly mission. In 1983,
Di said same queen weh gi wi independence a rule we same way. Wa kind a independence dat?/ Di sed siem Kwiin we gi wi indipendens a ruul wi siem wie. Wa kain a indipendens dat?/ For quite a long time, both political parties have been saying that it's time for the Queen of England to no longer be Jamaica's head of state. The politicians know we're forming the fool pretending that we are truly independent. The very Queen who gave us independence is ruling us just the same. What kind of independence is that?
The global reach of sound system culture is not usually acknowledged in Jamaica. Sound systems are treated with such contempt that some of us simply cannot understand how this buguyaga sound could possibly appeal to audiences across the world.
Citizens’ associations across the country need to join forces, parish by parish, to claim power and fight for our communities.
Di Govament a Guyana never like how Rodney did a stir up di people dem. African an Indian! A it mek dem murder im./ Di Govament a Guyana neva laik ou Rodney did a stor op di piipl dem. Afrikan an Indiyan! A it mek dem morda im./ The Government of Guyana did not like how Rodney was stirring up people. Africans and Indians! That's why they murdered him.
All of us who have been questioning the policies and practices of government agencies want to see our country grow in a systematic way. We cannot reasonably be disregarded as ‘bad-mind’.
The teaching of West Indian literature at UWI could have enabled the healing of the ruptures of language, culture and society.
In 2001, the founders of the festival – Colin Channer, Justine Henzell and Kwame Dawes – could not possibly have anticipated the grand reach of their vision. The Calabash International Literary Festival thrives on serendipity.