Ever wondered why every reggaeton song has the same beat? Or how in the name of Daddy Shabba Rankin Latino people get off on deejaying like us? It seems we are not so different after all. This article from Reggae Revelation explains a lot about how reaggaeton was created in Panama from Jamaican beats.
He’s turned virtually anything into something artistic, recycled and decorated by himself and he was more than happy to show us the different elements that connected to make his Jamaican oasis come alive. Its a mecca for tourists, locals, artsy people and if you’re there and you dont look in awe…something is seriously wrong with you!
The countrymen and women would prove that they are the REAL SURVIVORS by creating self sufficient communities with farming, hydroelectricity, home made weapons from scrap metal and even a musical style that has thrived without Western help.
Bounty Killa and Vybz Kartel were ‘bakkled’!
It is equivalent to saying “JESUS WEPT” in the holy grail of everything Jamaican music.
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!