Big Tingz a Gwaan fi VP Records

Miss Pat book pretty-pretty cyaan done. A Maria Papaefstathiou, one graphic artist from Greece, design it./Miss Pat buk priti-priti kyaahn don. A Maria Papaefstathiou, wan grafik aatis fram Griis, dizain it./Miss Pat's book is absolutely beautiful. It was designed by Maria Papaefstathiou, a graphic artist from Greece.

Fi Wi Artist Dem a Lose Out

Fi di lickin a di spoon, nuff Jamaican artist a go lose di spoonful./ Fi di likin a di spuun, nof Jamiekan aatis a go luuz di spuunful./ For the licking of the spoon, many Jamaican artists are going to lose the spoonful.

Mrs Chin Breaks Records In VP’s Shop

It was not only the gender barrier that Miss Pat levelled. When she moved to New York she was taken under the wings of her much-admired Aunt Edna, “a courageous woman who had left Jamaica in her thirties to break the shop cycle.” Miss Pat alludes to the fact that shopkeeping was the destiny of many Chinese families in Jamaica.

Zooming Into a New Decade

Two Fridays ago, I celebrated my 70th birthday. Well, that’s merely my chronological age. I’d like to believe that my biological age is much, much younger. Fun and joke aside, I’ve been reflecting on some of the lessons I’ve learned over the last seventy years that are particularly relevant in these dread times.

Reclaiming the Jamaican Roots of Hip Hop

It was Winnie Mandela who inspired Andrea Davis to create International Reggae Day. When the Mandelas came to Jamaica in 1991, Winnie gave an animated speech to women in which she acknowledged the militant reverberations of reggae music in the anti-apartheid struggle. Songs like Peter Tosh’s 1977 Apartheid motivated South African freedom fighters in the bush.

Twenty Years Of Reggae Day

We don't seem to realise just how far Jamaican popular music has spread. We take our creativity for granted and we rarely stop to think about why so many people from such diverse cultures are attracted to the music produced on this little rock. And it's not just the beat and the lyrics that fascinate foreigners. It's also the academic value of the music.

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