Bounty Killa and Vybz Kartel were ‘bakkled’!
It is equivalent to saying “JESUS WEPT” in the holy grail of everything Jamaican music.
Abbebe’s paintings are quite shocking if you’ve never seen a birth happen, more so if that birth wasn’t a natural birth, you might actually be surprised at what you see. He experienced 2 natural birth with his “Empress” and thought so much of the process that he honors it with 5 painted canvases.
While his art is most definitely his reality, he is not unaware of the social position that he takes on by being an artist.
If you ask me for my favorite Jamaican video director right now im going with Daniel “SteezyFresh” Simpson!!! I found SteezyFresh by way of Matic‘s “BMF remix”, thought it was a hot video and sought out the creative mind behind it. I didn’t have to go any further than the Navino and Deablo “Look What Dem Start/Drag Queen” to be 100% sold on Steezy.
This is an extremely interesting article from my college friend whose blog I subscribe to at Connecting the World. He poses that the disconnect between African-Americans and Africa is more propaganda than anything, and in a twist of popular thought, he uses NYC native rapper Nas’ own recollection to show how motherland Africans look down on African-Americans. He suggests that the media develops a stereotypical negative lens on Africa and therefore ‘African-Americans’ know nothing out of this misdirection.
Her photos are displayed on zinc and board (both have long been staples of building houses in the ghettos of Jamaica), there’s a table set up with dominoes, graffiti on the walls, even a standpipe for water. She truly created the entire experience!