But I man on ya, I man born ya/I nah leave ya fi go America/No way say, pot a boil ya, a belly full ya/Sweet Jamaica This song was recorded in the turbulent mid-1970s by a rather jolly and amusing reggae singer named Pluto Shervington. It is a somewhat patriotic song, almost defiant in a … More “Born Ya” by Judy Ann MacMillan: A Jamaican Painter’s Restless Life
Ernie Smith’s voice always brings back good memories for me. When he was a solo artist, he used to do stints at the Devon House Grog Shoppe (itself a place of good memories) on Friday evenings. Under that huge mango tree in the courtyard we sat (once a barn owl sat, looking down on us) … More Ernie Smith to Provide Musical Pleasure at CCRP Living Legacy Awards
For the past few days, I have been wrapped up in social media posts – looking at photos and videos of broken buildings, ravaged landscapes and water – water everywhere – whether salt or fresh it is hard to tell, and likely a mixture of the two. Even in Kingston, Jamaica – well outside the … More Hurricane Irma: Will the Caribbean Ever Be the Same?
The Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) was, in a word, “thrilled” to receive a letter from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) – the National Implementing Entity to the Adaptation Fund informing the Chamber that in June “the Cabinet approved a recommendation for the termination of Component 1 of the GOJ/AF Programme and all related … More Negril Chamber of Commerce “Thrilled” at Government’s Decision on Breakwater
It’s quieter than the usual Sunday, because tomorrow is Labour Day in Jamaica, and many of our neighbors have gone out of town. I love our neighborhood on a holiday weekend. No cars, very few pedestrians, and we feel as if we have the place to ourselves. We did, however, walk down the road to … More On The Eve of Labour Day, A Tour of the ‘Hood
If I went out on the streets of Kingston today and asked random people, “Are you happy, at this moment?” I am sure I would get a variety of responses. Some would scratch their heads, others give a wry laugh. While a few might say, with some degree of certainty, that they were in fact happy at … More Oh Happy Day
Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 was a devastating event. I have vivid memories of the bleak post-hurricane cityscape of Kingston, with almost every structure broken or destroyed. I recall lining up at the ice factory for a lump of ice; living on bully beef and rice. The Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies … More The Power of Philanthropy: The UWI Development and Endowment Fund
Jamaicans love their beaches. Like many human beings the world over, they love to do silly things like burying long-suffering friends up to their necks in sand; or running down into the sea carrying a kicking and screaming girl, and throwing her in. Jamaicans aren’t really big on sandcastles, though; I think the sand is … More Sandy Between Our Toes