GAR­VEY

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Chrysta Jaye Walker (left), PR and mar­ket­ing man­ager, Huawei Ja­maica, and Aldene El­lis pose with a Huawei P9 at one of the stops along the re­cent Tru-Juice Moon­light Walk and Bon­fire party held in Bog Walk, St Cather­ine. Some pieces which started out as po­etry were later put to mu­sic. One was the well-known Keep Cool, which Lewis told me he saw per­formed in dance by Ja­maica’s Na­tional Dance The­atre Com­pany (NDTC).

Gar­vey also wrote hymns and con­trib­uted his “fair share” to the UNIA’s hymnody. Un­for­tu­nately, there is no col­lec­tion of the hymns, which in­cluded the UNIA an­them Ethiopia, Land of our Fa­thers, and there is a sin­gle col­lec­tion of Gar­vey’s verse, which was pub­lished posthu­mously by an­other Gar­vey scholar, Tony Martin.

Lewis said that while he has no ev­i­dence that Gar­vey wrote mu­sic him­self, “he had peo­ple around him who put his ma­te­rial to mu­sic.” He then showed me a Daily Gleaner ad­ver­tise­ment he had re­cently come across for a “mu­sic and po­etic pro­gramme” pro­duced by Gar­vey in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a for­mer band­mas­ter

of the West In­dia Reg­i­ment at the Ward The­atre in 1934.

“At the 1934 con­ven­tion, he [Gar­vey] makes a speech say­ing the race can­not only pay at­ten­tion to the po­lit­i­cal, the eco­nomic, the re­li­gious; it has to pay equal at­ten­tion to the arts. That’s ex­plic­itly stated in the con­ven­tion held in Kingston. The arts was, for him, the ve­hi­cle that would con­nect with peo­ple on a cre­ative level,” Lewis said.

Next week: Gar­vey the play­wright, pro­ducer and pub­lisher. UWI Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus Ru­pert Lewis. The Rt Ex­cel­lent Mar­cus Gar­vey, Na­tional Hero, founder of the UNIA.

LI­BRARY OF CONGRESS

MICHAEL RECK­ORD PHO­TOS

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