By: Poetess Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2017, Denise N. Fyffe My life is being attacked My relationships are being attacked If you come next to me, You are going to be attacked; All that glitters turns to rust and not gold My enemies start to smile And my friends get cold; My eyes can’t be … Continue reading Jamaican Poetry : Attacking Ships
By the riverside I know so well I watch you stroll I watch your legs; As you stand knee deep In that cold stream The sun shines in your face And I watch you wade upstream;
Inside, I have died a 1000 deaths, killed a million souls, and jumped a billion suicides; But, I am still living this one life. - Poetess Denise Fyffe
My pain is seeping through my eyes, So much pain; I am sorry eyes, You will work overtime tonight.- Poetess Denise Fyffe
Si, me jus leggo one sneeze, Mi feel it all di way to me knees Not a body or a gentle bone, Mi wrap up, inna mi bed all alone;
Blossoms o’er and above the hill A sign that nature’s heart yet beats stronger still Four months basked in a cloak of white Viking trees once starving orphans, exposed to the winters banshee cries;
By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise Fyffe Prince, who is a singer, songwriter, multimillionaire, from the 1980's did a song called, "When doves cry". We all know that this is not so, but these lovely creatures are symbolic of love and unity. Thousands of wedding ceremony have incorporated them because of this symbolism. … Continue reading Jamaican Weddings: Ways to use doves in your wedding ceremony
By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2015, Poetess Defy, Denise Fyffe "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue", all and sundry knows about this age-old saying. To make sure of happiness in the marriage, it is believed that a bride should have these things for good luck. These items are more often than not … Continue reading Jamaican Weddings: Something old for your wedding
By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2010, Poetess Defy, Denise Fyffe There are many details and planning to go through when you are preparing for a wedding. Things like finding the right flowers, in the colors and type that you want and whether you will have to ship them from another country. Also you have … Continue reading Jamaican Weddings: Tips for hiring wedding musicians
By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2010, Poetess Defy, Denise Fyffe Having an island wedding is a dream for many brides or couples. They think of the ease and beauty, of the place they want to get married in. many choose tropical, lush and vivid destinations. This pacific beauty is rich in captivating pleasures … Continue reading An Hawaiian wedding getaway
By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2015, Denise Fyffe The location of the wedding is almost as equally important as the wedding itself. The venue sets the mood of the ceremony and gives a general sense of the love felt in your relationship; of course this will be aided by the wedding decorations. But many … Continue reading Wedding dress options for a beach wedding
Jamaica has a rich history, in various areas including sports, arts, culture, food etc. Surely not the least of these, is music. Jamaicans have thrived and are known to be some of the most easy going and happiest people in the world; simply, because they can ‘bill’ a vibe from listening to music. Jamaica, as … Continue reading Jamaica Festival Song, Looking Forward
By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2013, Denise N. Fyffe The highlight of my day came when I came across an hilarious video review on Youtube from The Dutty Berry Show on Why #Tessanne Chin Had Many Rivers To Cross. This certainly has led to many minutes spent on YouTube scoping out each weekly review … Continue reading Hilarious Jamaican review of ALL Tessanne Chin’s performances on NBC The Voice
Even now at my house in Old Harbour all my friends want to buy my own copy. No chance!
Every library in Jamaica should have a copy. These artistes in the photos did not have much if any airplay on radio in Jamaica at the time which has meant that reggae fans overseas have more appreciation for the excellent output that made Jamaica well known and respect in countries as further afield as Poland and Japan. So the younger generation have no idea who these artistes were but if they saw these photos the kids could be inspired to dig further.
Be warned – its a very weighty book but important addition to gaining understanding to Jamaican music……
On a slightly side issue……
When you travel around Jamaica you will see new streets and places named after famous athletes, politicians etc. Even in Portmore you see areas called Sandown, Kempton and Aintree which are racecourses in the UK. What’s that about?
But given Jamaica’s greatest consistent global (& respected )export – has been our music – how many of our artistes have ever been publicly acknowledged in some way for their contribution? On the kind of scale like some of our athletes or politicians?
I would love to see a Jackie Mittoo Centre of Music, Jacob Miller Avenue, Delroy Wilson Park, Mighty Diamond Housing Scheme. These people have done wonders in their short but inspiring lives and revered worldwide.
Lets give them the public respect they richly deserve.
- Bob Marley: The Shooting of a Wailer by Cameron Crowe, January 13, 1977 (theislandjournal.wordpress.com)
- Top 3 Things to do in Jamaica in 2012 (theislandjournal.wordpress.com)
- Jamaicans at 50, and their Music (theislandjournal.wordpress.com)
- Jamaica 50, Festival Song History and Controversy (theislandjournal.wordpress.com)
Without a doubt one of the most important books ever published about the history of post independent Jamaican music. Great for the coffee table or the verandah! A copy of this book would be a great educational reference for young Jamaicans especially who have no clue as to that pivotal era in music.
The photos capture a wonderful period in Jamaican music. As for the poses you just going to LOL when you see them.
How many of us have ever seen photos of artists like Nicodemus, Josie Wales, Yami Bolo, Papa San, Peter Metro, Lone Ranger, Coco Tea, Sister Nancy etc in the prime? The photos are iconic.
I have bought this book many a times to give as presents to friends when on travels to Jamaica and Canada and the recipients all have loved it.
Even now at my house in Old Harbour all my friends want…
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Leave it to Jamaicans to take a very serious situation, use their creativity and make a joke or fun of it. The Jamaica Chikungunya song is awesome. Lyrical, witty, enjoyable, groovy and fun to listen to. I promise, you will be laughing or smiling all day. Why? Because most of the things Wayne J sings … Continue reading Jamaican Music: Jamaica, The Chikungunya Song and Lyrics
By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe Jamaica has a rich history, in various areas. Surely not the least of these is music. Jamaicans have thrived and are known to be some of the most easy going and happiest people in the world; simply, because they can ‘build’ a vibe … Continue reading Jamaica 50, Festival Song History and Controversy
By: Denise N. Fyffe You know when he is not the right one from the get go. You just want a piece. Why even bother with something you know is not going to work? For the good times? What happens if there are no good times? Then, you have simply wasted time accumulating more baggage. … Continue reading Jamaican Storytelling: Excerpt from Gray Shades, Wasting time and accumulating baggage (Nia) by Denise N. Fyffe
By: Denise N. Fyffe The hunter or the prey, who would u bet on; especially if the prey becomes the hunter. "So sick of this double standard marble pot called Earth," Mya thinks to herself. One set of rules for men and another for women. Tis a pity, they have lame, idiotic and misguided ideas … Continue reading Jamaican Storytelling : Excerpt from Gray Shades, A Preying Hunter (Mya) by Denise N. Fyffe
By: Denise N. Fyffe Dishonesty, deceit, lying, evil, conniving, hypocrisy - and all things evil are a bunch of Lisa's pet peeves. To say she hates them and on the brink of hating the vehicles of these evil 'actives' - wouldn't suffice. She have had it up to her medulla oblongata with dealing with people … Continue reading Jamaican Storytelling : Excerpt from Gray Shades, Praying away the Evils (Lisa) by Denise N. Fyffe
By: Denise N. Fyffe A new thing is demanded because Katherine was bored with life. She is tired of her realities, frailties and personal tragedies. Katherine is not impressed by the construct, which is, humans. Neither is she moved by their expressions of sincerity as they turn to abuse just as quickly because of their fickle … Continue reading Jamaican Storytelling : Excerpt from Gray Shades, A pessimistic view (Katherine) by Denise N. Fyffe
By: Denise N. Fyffe Janet was lying awake thinking about her future, and how much more damage she was going to do to it. "Can I and will I do my worse?" Janet thought. It seems every time she gets close to something that she really wants or someone she was really into it gets … Continue reading Jamaican Storytelling : Excerpt from Gray Shades, Self-destructive behavior (Janet) by Denise N. Fyffe
By: Denise N. Fyffe Pretentious, that came to Iyana's mind; right after snobbish. "Who di hell are you to act and treat others as if they are under your feet? You are no better, if not a little lower." People think that just because they are born privileged or that they have a particular career … Continue reading Jamaican Storytelling : Excerpt from Gray Shades, The Snob (Iyana) by Denise N. Fyffe
By: Denise N. Fyffe People were ratchet, back stabbers, Lucifer babies and conniving for days. Heather trusted no one and she would never ever trust people again! It has been Heather's unfortunate experience to meet some of the most despicable people on this earth. People who make you wonder if they weren't born with a … Continue reading Jamaican Storytelling : Excerpt from Gray Shades, The world of Lucifer babies (Heather) by Denise N. Fyffe
By: Denise N. Fyffe A Rubix cube is much easier to solve than trying to understand why Jamaican men do some of the low down, dirty acts that cause females, emotional genocide; Gena considered. Why? How could they? Are they possessed? Fi wah reason? Did their mothers abuse them emotionally? Those are just some of the … Continue reading Jamaican Storytelling: Excerpt from Gray Shades, The Rubix cube of the sexes (Trying to understand Jamaican men) (Gena) by Denise N. Fyffe
By: Denise N. Fyffe How can men be so callous and premeditated, in luring a woman in and then decimating her emotions? How can you make someone believe that you care for them, when all you want is the game? What if it were your daughter that some fool played and used her up and … Continue reading Jamaican Storytelling: Excerpt from Gray Shades, The perpetuation of Emotional rape (Faith) by Denise N. Fyffe