Brand new se­cond-hand Gar­vey bust

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - Carolyn Cooper is a con­sul­tant on cul­ture and de­vel­op­ment. Email feed­back to col­umns@glean­erjm.com and karokupa@gmail.com.

MI NO wrong Ray­mond Wat­son. Im do weh im know how fi do. If yu go pon di In­ter­net an look pon Wat­son sculp­ture dem, yu see seh fi im work a weh dem call ab­stract art. Im no mek no whole heap a peo­ple weh look like or­di­nary peo­ple. Dem bend up inna all kind a dif­fer­ent, dif­fer­ent shape an style.

One a fi im sculp­ture weh mi love a di one im call ‘First Child’. It deh eena Brix­ton inna Eng­land. Di 198 Gallery did gi Wat­son di work fi mek one sculp­ture fi mem­ber di one hun­dred an six­teen pikni dem weh di South African go­v­a­ment did kill off eena Soweto pon June 16, 1976.

Wat­son start off wid one pic­ture weh bruck yu heart. News­pa­per all over di world did pub­lish disya pic­ture weh Sam Nz­ima did tek. One a di Soweto pikni dem, Mbuy­isa Makhubo, a carry one next pikni, Hec­tor Pi­eter­son, weh a dead pon im. An Hec­tor sis­ter, An­toinette Sithole, a run side-a dem. She a hold up her hand like seh she a try sur­ren­der an stop bul­let from fly.

Oonoo fi see wa Ray­mond Wat­son do wid dat deh pic­ture! Wen im done bend up di metal, yu feel di suf­fer­a­tion inna yu belly bot­tom. An yu know, some peo­ple never ketch him vi­sion. Lickle after di sculp­ture put up, dem try fi pop it down. But it never mash up to dat.

Mi no know how Ray­mond Wat­son so bad­lucky. A di grace a God mek im first Mar­cus Gar­vey bust pon UWI cam­pus never lik down. Di way peo­ple did bex bout how it no look nut­ten laka Gar­vey! An so fenke-fenke! It did ha fi come down, one way or di other. UWI tek it down di deestant way. An dem gi Wat­son di chance fi mek over one next bust. An pay im again! Oonoo know how much stu­dent wuda glad fi univer­sity pay dem fi tek over exam weh dem fail! Aye sah!

NO TIE WAT­SON HAND!

Mi did go a di meet­ing weh Prof Waib­inte Wari­boko did keep fi mek ev­ery­body know how im a go deal wid di bo­gus bust. Im a di dean a di Fac­ulty of Hu­man­i­ties an Ed­u­ca­tion. An a im did gi Wat­son di work. Prof Wari­boko show di whole a wi di pic­ture a Gar­vey weh im a gi Wat­son fi use fi mek over di bust. Well, mi can tell oonoo seh di brand new se­cond-hand Mar­cus Gar­vey bust no look nut­ten laka dat deh pic­ture. An ‘Gar­vey’ pop down same way. Im nah seh nut­ten. Dat deh bust ha fi come down to.

Hear how me tink seh Prof Wari­boko shoulda deal wid disya prob­lem. Im fi tell Ray­mond Wat­son fi mek one ab­stract sculp­ture weh im call ‘The Spirit of Mar­cus Gar­vey’. Mi know some peo­ple a go waan call it ‘Mar­cus Gar­vey Duppy’. Later fi dem. Mek Ray­mond Wat­son tek metal an bend it up an mek it fly up inna di air an mek wi see an feel di power a Mar­cus Gar­vey. A dat Wat­son waan fi du. No tie im hand! An im fi dweet fi free dis time.

Next year, a di 70th an­niver­sary fi UWI. Dem shoulda put up one whole-a Gar­vey statue fi cel­e­brate all weh im do fi free up wi mind. An dem fi launch a com­pe­ti­tion fi sculp­tor all over di world try dem hand fi build di statue. Mar­cus Gar­vey did plenty big­ger than Ja­maica. Im de­serve a world-class monument.

MI NO rang Ray­mond Wat­son. Im du we im nuo ou fi du. If yu go pan di In­tanet an luk pan Wat­son skolpcha dem, yu si se fi im wok a we dem kaal ab­schrak aat. Im no mek no uol iip a pi­ipl we luk laik aadineri pi­ipl. Dem ben op iina aal kain a difran, difran shiep an stail.

Wan a fi im skolpcha we mi lov a di wan im kaal ‘First Child’. It de iina Brix­ton ina Ing­glan. Di 198 Gallery did gi Wat­son di wok fi mek wan skolpcha fi memba di wan on­jred an sik­stiin pikni dem we di South African go­v­a­ment did kil aaf iina Soweto pan Juun 16, 1976.

Wat­son staat aaf wid wan pikcha we bruk yu aat. Nyu­uzpiepa aal uova di worl did pob­lish disya pikcha we Sam Nz­ima did tek. Wan a di Soweto pikni dem,Mbuy­isa Makhubo, a kyari wan neks pikni, Hec­tor Pi­eter­son, we a ded pan im. An Hec­tor sista, An­toinette Sithole, a ron said-a dem. Shi a uol op ar an laik se shi a chrai sorenda an stap bu­lit fram flai.

Unu fi si wa Ray­mond Wat­son du wid dat de pikcha! Wen im don ben op di metal, yu fiil di so­farieshan ina yu beli batam. An yu nuo, som pi­ipl neva kech im vis­han. Likl aafta di skolpcha put op, dem chrai fi pap it dong. Bot it neva mash op tu dat.

Mi no nuo ou Ray­mond Wat­son so bad-loki. A di gries a Gad mek im fos Mar­cus Gar­vey bos pan UWI kyam­pos neva lik dong. Di wie pi­ipl did beks bout ou it no luk notn laka Gar­vey! An so fenke-fenke! It did a fi kom dong, wan wie ar di ada. UWI tek it dong di di­is­tant wie. An dem gi Wat­son di chaans fi mek uova wan neks bos. An pie im agen! Unu nuo omoch styu­u­dent wuda glad fi yu­u­ni­vor­siti pie dem fi tek uova egzam we dem fiel! Ai sa!

NO TAI WAT­SON AN!

Mi did go a di mi­itn we Prof Waib­inte Wari­boko did kip fi mek evrib­adi nuo ou im a go diil wid di buo­gos bos. Im a di dean a di Fac­ulty of Hu­man­i­ties an Ed­u­ca­tion. An a im did gi Wat­son di wok. Prof Wari­boko shuo di uol a wi di pikcha a Gar­vey we im a gi Wat­son fi yuuz fi mek uova di bos. Wel, mi kyahn tel unu se, di bran nyuu sekan-an Mar­cus Gar­vey bos no luk notn laka dat de pikcha. An ‘Gar­vey’ pap dong siem wie. Im naa se notn. Dat de bos a fi kom dong tu.

Ier ou mii tingk se Prof Wari­boko shuda diil wid disya prablem. Im fi tel Ray­mond Wat­son fi mek wan ab­schrak skolpcha we im kaal ‘The Spirit of Mar­cus Gar­vey’. Mi nuo som pi­ilp a go waahn kaal it ‘Mar­cus Gar­vey Duppy. Li­eta fi dem. Mek Ray­mond Wat­son tek metal an ben it op an mek it flai op ina di ier an mek wi si an fiil di powa a Mar­cus Gar­vey. A dat Wat­son waahn fi du. No tai im an! An im di dwiit fi frii dis taim!

Neks ier a di 70th anivor­sori fi UWI. Dem shuda put op wan uola Gar­vey statyu fi selib­riet aal we im du fi frii op wi main. An dem fi laanch a kom­pi­tis­han fi skolpta aal uova di worl chrai dem an fi bil di statyu. Mar­cus Gar­vey did plenti biga dan Jamieka. Im dis­orv a worl-klaas mani­ment.

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