Oh Green Isle of the Indies

Beautiful song sung by beautiful children.  The Jamaican National song was written by the Honorable V.S. Reid. I never sung it much during my school days but fortunately it seems that  in later years it became much more  utilized. Powerful and poignant words that are an actual road map to the success as a nation…

In Praise of Fatty

Why do Jamaican men love fat women? And when I say fat women I simply mean women whose BMI(Body Mass Index) is outside of the upper proportions dictated by conventional western medicine. The variation and determination of  what is "fat" varies so much and is skewed by class, race and even in some cases even…

Big Belly Brownman Rumbar Reggae

There was a strain of reggae/Jamaican music that first came out in the early 70's that myself and some of my  friends affectionately call Big Belly Brownman Rumbar Reggae. When we were kids it was the type of reggae that would get good play on the radio as well as being very palatable for uptown…

When the Gong met The Whistle

In 1972 Chris Blackwell had taken a gamble on an renegade rasta band out of Jamaica called The Wailers. Thus far it had paid off.  He had given band member Bob Marley  10,000 pounds and after a couple of months had gotten back master tapes of great material . When he heard it and did…

Jah Levi’s Book of Life

On the afternoon of October 14 1983, the course of reggae music was changed in the most unfortunate way. While  in a car on Grants Pen Road with an 18yr old aspiring reggae artist called Delroy Jr. Reid seated beside him, one of the brightest talents and true prodigies in Jamaican music was gunned down…