Tag Archives: Jamaica

Album Review: Dancehall: The Rise Of Dancehall Culture

Dancehall: The Rise Of Dancehall Culture, by Various Artists This particular 2-cd set is designed to present a flavor of dancehall during the period from 1979-1992, roughly. It is curated by someone who is aware that two discs of material … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reggae Explosion: The Story Of Jamaican Music

Raggae Explosion: The Story Of Jamaican Music, by Chris Salewicz & Adrian Boot The fascinating aspect of this book, which is glossy and full of big photographs and meant seemingly as a rasta coffee table offering for would-be hipsters, is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Who Was Bob Marley?

Who Was Bob Marley?, by Katie Ellison Bob Marley has always been a fascinating and complicated character to me, even though I have seldom felt the need to study him in any particular great depth. A large portion of his … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamiaca

Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica, by Mtthew Parker, read by Roy McMillan Ian Fleming had a good gig going for him. During the years between 1947 and his death, he would spend two months out of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The English Conquest Of Jamaica

The English Conquest Of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid For Empire, by Carla Gardina Pestana The English conquest of Jamaica and its context and consequences is not something that is well known or understood even by those of us who are … Continue reading

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A Good Drive Spoiled

I do not want to give the impression that I do not like golf. To be sure, there are some people who are perhaps too fond of the sport, and still others who greatly dislike it and would make fun … Continue reading

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One Love

One of the more distinctive aspects of greeting people here in Jamaica is that at least at the resort I have been staying at, the employees at the hotel take their Bob Marley lyrics pretty seriously. The standard way of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Consequences Of Class And Color

Consequences Of Class And Color: West Indian Perspectives, edited and introduced by David Lowenthal and Lambros Comitas This book is embarrassing. This book is certainly not worthless, but its worth is entirely in demonstrating the lack of fitness, moral and … Continue reading

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Book Review: London Jamaican

London Jamaican: Language Systems In Interaction, by Mark Sebba Does this book need to exist? I’m not sure if it does. What is true is that this book is an effort to deal with the interaction between Jamaican creole and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jabari: Authentic Jamaican Dictionary Of The Jamic Language

Jabari: Authentic Jamaican Dictionary Of The Jamic Language, by Ras Dennis Jabari Reynolds It is obvious that the author of this dictionary wants the Jamaican dialect to be considered a full-blown language. The fact that this book, published fourteen years … Continue reading

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