We Run Tings, Tings Nuh Run We

Jamaicans like to say “We likkle but we talawah” which is basically a testament that although we are from a small country we make an unforgettable impact on the world. From our unique music, to our religion and our language…

We experienced another interesting flash in the spotlight recently when a commentator on MSNBC’s A.M. Joy used the Jamaican phrase “We run tings, tings nuh run we” in reference to the Obamacare/ Trumpcare debate. The phrase which means “We control situations, we don’t allow them to control us”, ¬†was a refreshing interjection, used at the right moment to comment on an otherwise tense issue.

 

I’ve included a clip of A.M. Joy (recorded by phone) that a friend in the US made, as well as two versions of songs based on this Jamaican affirmation. I hope you enjoy, and the next time you come across a challenging situation just tell yourself “Me run tings, tings nuh run me!” PuraVida ūüôā

My Favorite version, by Flourgon

 

Red Dragon’s version featured in the 1999 Jamaican made film Third World Cop.

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Summer Breezy

A while back I¬†showed you some¬†beach views¬†of Eastern Nassau. This¬†post has views of the same area but I did it in the form of a video instead. It was an unbelievably hot day and there was nothing to do but¬†sit on the beach in the shade a tree and feel the refreshing breeze on¬†my face.¬†Just give yourself an hour or two out here and you’ll forget that the rest of the world even exists. Try it!

The video was recorded on the drive back from Yamacraw beach¬†and heading along Eastern Road. You will get little peeks¬†of Nassau’s Eastern¬†coast as well as glimpse the beautiful houses that line the shore. Could the¬†beat in the background be any more perfect? Enjoy!

 

Steel pan music is from Jamaica?

Mitch: You know I don’t think it would be such a bad idea if we went down to Jamaica. Did a little legwork.

Amanda: Nice try.

Mitch: But I do love steel drum music. Do you know why there are those little numbers on the inside of the drum?

Amanda: Will my life change if I do?

Mitch: Well each number corresponds to a note. Now it take years to master these notes. These guys are musical geniuses. Did you know that there are some notes that are only audible to them?

So I’m minding my own business, flicking through channels about two Saturdays ago when I spot a map and a flag of Jamaica on the screen. I check the name of the show and realize it’s called¬†The Inspectors. Of course I’m instantly on alert as soon as I realize that Jamaica is being discussed. I see/ hear a couple of investigators talking about the lottery scam (whole other topic for a completely different post) and I already know this won’t be good, but I’m curious nevertheless. I grab my phone and start recording. Continue reading