The first ever rendition of the Jamaican National Anthem to a reggae beat.
Been residing in Canada for 36 years now and as I have acquired much needed knowledge and appreciation of my African heritage and my need to step up even more and promote African pride, I was born in Jamaica. The land of my birth is the reason for my need to continue to search for peace, equality, equal rights and justice. The motto on our coat of arms states clearly who and what we Jamaicans are about, “Out of many one people”. One of the most significant and poignant mottos as well as a pretty significant flag, black, gold and green has no peer when walking into a stadium, it sticks out almost immediately! And the Anthem! All countries feel that their anthem is the best and can relate, as a Jamaican, when we hear that tune, those lyrics, we feel impregnable, all powerful and PROUD!
Take nothing away from “Oh Canada” where I / we have also a great source of pride in our adopted land that has educated us to an overstanding of self as well as our worth as people.
I sometimes feel like Jamaicans are God blessed people the way we stand for right and wrong, talk with reality about the tragedies and crimes committed by ‘super powers’ promoting a queen in england and a pope in the Vatican whose sole existence is to rape the “third world” inclusive of Africa, yet through the use of reggae music and a propensity to elevate the ONLY true royalty on the planet H.I.M. Haile Selassie 1st we stand proud and strong.
This is not how every Jamaican feels! This is me! Julian King! Speaking with this opportunity of pride in the land that I reside in Canada, as well as pride in the land of my birth, Jamaica and grateful that Peter Holung has asked me to post this work within my network.
Peter Holung is a Jamaican innovator. A true Jamaican! He has been playing reggae music as a key board player, guitsy and a bassie in several bands for decades working on the same stages as names like, Willi Williams – playing guitar for him and sharing a great friendship – opening act with IBADAN for names like Freddie, Rebel Tony, the late Joseph Hill and Culture, Gregory also, Luciano as well as the legendary Third World Band. Of Chinese decent (yes he is the big Chiney man pon de bass) he does stick out playing his bass but folks quickly forget all that when the good tunes lick dem inna dem belly!
Peter said he had an idea. As a proud Jamaican, he was inspired as many others are in this specific year. Our 50th year of independence from british rule, he has decided to show Jamaican history and Jamaican pride through visual to music. That music is the Jamaican national anthem! With a twist! A reggae twist!
To his knowledge and mine, our anthem has never been done to a reggae beat. The capital of reggae has never done our anthem to a reggae beat! He is (I am too) proud to present this to the world!
Sit back and fulljoy Jamaican pride!
Jah Guide and protect!