We wanted to drop this yesterday on “Oldies Sunday“, but didn’t get to. While today many Americans recognize “Columbus Day“, many folks have done their revision on World History over the years, and have since challenged the higher ups to discredit the “Discoveries” of Christopher Columbus and recognize the day as “Indigenous Peoples Day“. While the European Explorer made his travels with the Pinta, Nina, and Santa Maria, he couldn’t have discovered land that was already occupied. Calling him out on the claims is Reggae Icon Burning Spear with “Columbus“!
Released in 1980, and featured on his Album “Hail H.I.M.“, Spear calls out Columbus as a “Damn blasted liar” and sets the record straight on what the Explorer really did. He didn’t discover Jamaica or all the lands he has claimed to discover! What happened to the Arawak people? What happened to the black people that were already here? Why are they still celebrating this man? There have been protests for years, and there will be more until the day is more recognized for Indigenous People (big up the 55 cities in the US that have made the change). Stay woke! Have a listen to the tune below.
Black Kat Sound, Tony Matterhorn, Killamanjaro, King Jammys, Wha Dat Sound, Stone Love, Mighty Crown, Fire Links, Bass Odyssey, what do they have in common? They are some of the Selectors (DJs) and Sound Systems that have greatly contributed to the Sound Clash Culture in Jamaica over many decades. The Sound Clash Culture was also one of the influences for the Hip Hop Culture. Today, Genius released a short video highlighting the history of the Sound Clash Culture ahead of the Red Bull Culture Clash in Atlanta, Georgia next weekend. Learn something below!
Media Personality/Chef Anthony Bourdain has seen many countries in his lifetime. With his various Television shows he has not only enjoyed the food, but learned some of the culture from each country. In season 9 of his “Parts Unknown” series, he makes an appearance in Trinidad. From conversing about Steel Pan Music with Composer Lennox “Boogsie” Sharpe and Journalist Kim Johnson, to discussing Carnival with Choreographer La Shaun Prescott, to learning about the arrival of the East Indians through Indentured Servitude and race with former T&T Ambassador to China Chandradath Singh, Producer Keshav (his son), and their family, to learning about the Lebanese and Syrians in Bayshore, the episode comes to a close with meeting Recording Artist Muhammad Muwakil of the Freetown Collective, Calypso Legend Calypso Rose, and many more! Lots of food and beer in this one so feast your eyes on Doubles, Carib and Stag Beers, Solo Apple Js, Buss Up Shut, and much more. Check out the episode below.
We’ve featured Jamaica’s episode a couple years ago. You can see that here.
As a part of the Jamaica 50 Celebrations, established companies such as Jamaica National Building Society decided to set up exhibits displaying many aspects of Jamaican culture. Food, colours, and craft were displayed and was enjoyed by customers and staff alike. Check out displays from the Mandeville and Christiana branches below…
Jamaica National Building Society, Christiana Branch