Reggae Music has always been something that entertains, but it also seeks to educate fans as well. Known for dropping lyrical selections but also delivering knowledge and conscious music, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley continues to do just that. Today, we check out the video for the single, “Life Is A Circle“.
Directed by B+ and shot in Miami, Florida, Junior Gong not only gives us a performance of his single, but schools us on the history of the Virginia Key Beach (the video’s true location) which was Miami’s first “Colored Only” Beach which welcomed Black people and other marginalized communities. We learned that the Beach was possible due to many protests, and over the years faced closures until it was considered an ecological treasure and re-opened for good in 2008. Always something of high quality when it comes to Junior Gong, a living legend.
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These History lessons don’t require you to be in a Classroom, or shell out a lot of money to purchase Textbooks. “Lest We Forget” is a Jamaican Podcast series that deep dives into the past events of the Caribbean, and analyzes how it shapes the way how we live in it both psychologically and socially. Hosted by Davey and Marlon a.k.a. the two Gen Z Jamaicans who’ll have you thinking, shocked, and well informed on some of the events that you can’t find in Schools.
From the Kariba Suit, to facts about The Rt. Hon. Norman Manley, to The Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey and his two Amys, to “Bad Friday“, you will be thoroughly entertained and informed, and wanting to hear even more. The Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Soundcloud, and is distributed by Tenement Yaad Media. With having a lot of time on your hands during this Quarantine, now is the time to take a listen. Get the ball rolling by pressing play on the 1st episode below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
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.
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…