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Jamaican 50 Independence Day

Tony Rebel: "What a nice place to live (Sweet Jamdown). The only problem is dollars nah run"

Eric Donaldson: "This is Jamaica, my Jamaica..."

Admiral Bailey "When mi check it out Lord, nowhere no better than Yard"

Protoje: "Independence no mean... Jamaica assists are the people"


"Dem give we flag, them give we anthem.
Not even give we half of what we need to execute the plans them
So we're still dependent on them.
Them just ah wait for we to come back with we empty hand them
You talk the truth and you get condemn
Walter Rodney speak a bit we own Government go ban him
They want to block our over standing
Want we do the wrong thing
Thats why you hear my song sing
Take control again...
Hold we head high and proud again"

Skip to 4:58

Anyway, Mr. Vegas featuring Shaggy & Josey Wales sums up everything right now

Lastly, the surrealist thing I think I've read this year.

A few months ago the disc jockey and radio broadcaster David Rodigan was awarded an MBE to mark his 40 years as an ambassador and proselytiser for reggae. Ram Jam, as he is affectionately known, tells this story of his trip to the palace. After the investiture he was approached by Prince Charles. 

"You really love this music, don't you?" said the Prince of Wales. 
"I certainly do, sir," he replied. 
"So do I," said Charles. "I love Jamaica." 
[source: Guardian "How Jamaica Conquered the World"]

Don't forget my own Jamaica tribute "Out of many, there is one" begins tomorrow. Check the intro here


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