Shabba Ranks, Peter Tosh an Miss Lou

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Car­olyn Cooper, PhD, is a spe­cial­ist on cul­ture and de­vel­op­ment. Email feed­back to col­umns@glean­erjm.com.

LAST WEEK Mon­day, Shabba Ranks step up fi get fi im na­tional hon­our a King’s House. Wed­nes­day, Peter Tosh mu­seum open inna New Kingston. An Thurs­day, Miss Lou col­lec­tion launch down a Na­tional Li­brary. Big tings a gwaahn.

Rex­ton ‘Shabba Ranks’ Gor­don get fi im OD fi “in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to Ja­maican mu­sic lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally”. Dis ya OD a ‘Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion’. A no over­dose a drugs. Shabba OD a fi over­dose a liriks: ‘Trail­er­load’.

Mi done know seh plenty bad­mind peo­ple tink seh Shabba no de­serve no na­tional hon­our. Fi slack­ness? Dem no have no rispek di dance­hall cul­ture. Same like how nuff smaddy no tink seh Bob Dy­lan shuda win no No­bel Prize fi lit­er­a­ture. Dem too fool. Song liriks a lit­er­a­ture. Fi ten year now, mi teach one ‘Reg­gae Po­etry’ course a Univer­sity of the West Indies, Mona. Wi study Jimmy Cliff, Burn­ing Spear, Peter Tosh, Bob Mar­ley, Steel Pulse, Buju Ban­ton an Tanya Stephens.

Mi mek sure mi go a King’s House fi tek pic­ture wid Shabba. Mi proud a im so till. Inna mi book, ‘Sound Clash: Ja­maican Dance­hall Cul­ture At Large’, mi have one chap­ter weh mi call, ‘Slack­ness Per­son­i­fied: Rep­re­sen­ta­tions of Fe­male Sex­u­al­ity in the Lyrics of Bob Mar­ley and Shabba Ranks’.

See weh mi seh bout Shabba Ranks’ song, ‘Flesh Axe’: Us­ing agri­cul­tural, le­gal and me­chan­i­cal im­agery, Shabba com­pares the body of woman to valu­able property - land that must be cleared, seeded and wa­tered. Again, some women will ob­ject to the ‘com­mod­i­fy­ing’ anal­ogy. But in an agri­cul­tural econ­omy that has long de­prived small farm­ers of ac­cess to arable land, this earthy metaphor sig­ni­fies the high value that is placed on the fer­tile body of woman.

DREAM AN VI­SION

Di Peter Tosh mu­seum open wid nuff style an fash­ion. Kings­ley Cooper an Peter Tosh wife, Mar­lene Brown, di two a dem ketch di vi­sion fi set up di mu­seum. An di Peter Tosh Es­tate join up wid dem. Fi bout 15, 20 year, Kings­ley work hard fi turn dis ya dream inna re­al­ity. It never easy. But di whole a dem pitch een an mek it hap­pen. Old­time peo­ple seh nut­ten no hap­pen be­fore di time. A true.

Same like Miss Lou ar­chive down a Na­tional Li­brary. Mrs Yvonne Fraser-Clarke in charge a di Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Depart­ment. A di launch, shi seh wen Miss Lou a lef Ja­maica fi go live a farin, shi gi Na­tional Li­brary whole heap a let­ter, pic­ture, tape, book an nuff a har writ­ing weh never pub­lish. One hun­dred an five box. Twenty inch long, fif­teen inch wide an five inch deep. Over 10,000 doc­u­ment!

An it tek bout 20 year, stop an start, fi sort out di whole heap a box dem an get per­mis­sion fi di pub­lic look inna dem. Miss Lou, Peter Tosh an Shabba Ranks. Dem write all kind a lit­er­a­ture. An it gone all bout. Ja­maica soon win No­bel Prize fi wi liriks. Wi cul­ture big an broad. Nuff rispek due!

Laas wiik Monde, Shabba Ranks step op fi get fi im nashinal ana a King’s House. Wen­zde, Peter Tosh myu­uziyom opn iina New Kingston. An Torzde, Miss Lou kalek­shan laanch dong a Na­tional Li­brary. Big tingz a gwaan.

Rex­ton ‘Shabba Ranks’ Gor­don get fi im OD fi “in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to Ja­maican mu­sic lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally”. Dis ya OD a ‘Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion’. A no uova duos a jrogs. Shabba OD a fi uo­vaduos a liriks: ‘Trail­er­load’.

Mi don nuo se plenti bad­main pi­ipl tingk se Shabba no dis­orv no nashinal ana. Fi slak­nis? Dem no av nuo rispek di daansaal kolcha. Siem laik ou nof smadi no tingk se Bob Dy­lan shuda win no No­bel Prize fi lichricha. Dem tuu fuul. Sang liriks a lichricha. Fi ten ier nou, mi ti­ich wan ‘Reg­gae Po­etry’ kuors a Univer­sity of the West Indies, Mona. Wi stodi Jimmy Cliff, Burn­ing Spear, Peter Tosh, Bob Mar­ley, Steel Pulse, Buju Ban­ton an Tanya Stephens.

Mi mek shuor mi go a King’s House fi tek pikcha wid Shabba. Mi proud a im so til. Ina mi buk, ‘Sound Clash: Ja­maican Dance­hall Cul­ture At Large’, mi av wan chapta we mi kaal, ‘Slack­ness Per­son­i­fied: Rep­re­sen­ta­tions of Fe­male Sex­u­al­ity in the Lyrics of Bob Mar­ley and Shabba Ranks’.

Si we mi se bout Shabba Ranks’ sang, ‘Flesh Axe’: Us­ing agri­cul­tural, le­gal and me­chan­i­cal im­agery, Shabba com­pares the body of woman to valu­able property – land that must be cleared, seeded and wa­tered. Again, some women will ob­ject to the ‘com­mod­i­fy­ing’ anal­ogy. But in an agri­cul­tural econ­omy that has long de­prived small farm­ers of ac­cess to arable land, this earthy metaphor sig­ni­fies the high value that is placed on the fer­tile body of woman.

JRIIM AN VIZHAN

Di Peter Tosh myu­uziyom uopm wid nof stail an fashan. Kings­ley Cooper an Peter Tosh wife, Mar­lene Brown, di tuu a dem kech di vizhan fi set op di myu­uziyom. An di Peter Tosh Estiet jain op wid dem. Fi bout fiftiin, twenti ier, Kings­ley work aad fi ton dis ya jriim ina riyal­iti. It neva iizi. Bot di uol a dem pich iin an mek it apm. Uol-taim pi­ipl se notn no apm bi­fuor di taim. A chruu.

Siem laik Miss Lou aakaiv a Na­tional Li­brary. Mrs Yvonne Fraser-Clarke in chaaj a di Spe­cial Col­lec­tions Depart­ment. A di laanch, shi se wen Miss Lou a lef Jamieka fi go liv a farin, shi gi Na­tional Li­brary uol iip a leta, pikcha, tiep, buk an nof a ar raitn we neva pob­lish. Wan on­jred an faiv baks. Twenti inch lang, fiftiin inch waid and faiv inch diip. Uova ten touzn dakyu­ment!

An it tek bout twenti ier, stap an staat, fi saat out di uol iip a baks dem an get pormis­han fi di pob­lik luk ina dem. Miss Lou, Peter Tosh an Shabba Ranks. Dem rait aal kain a lichricha. An it gaan aal bout. Jamieka su­uhn win No­bel Prize fi wi liriks. Wi kolcha big an braad. Nof rispek juu!

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