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 🙂
My Favorite version, by Flourgon
Red Dragon’s version featured in the 1999 Jamaican made film Third World Cop.
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!
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 →
I have been to a total of six countries so far: Jamaica (birthplace), The Bahamas, Cuba, Colombia, Guyana and the United States. I have had good times in all of them- from hiking to the top of the Kaieteur waterfalls and sleeping in the jungles of Guyana, to attempting the folk dances at a dance workshop and dancing the night away at an all night Salsa Circuit in Colombia. Of course, each place holds a special place in my heart.
What’s that one song in the “Latin” music genre that sets your blood on fire? You know what I’m talking about… that song that makes you break out those pretend salsa moves, while the self projected image of yourself- the one who is a Dancing With the Stars contestant- moves across the stage . OK, maybe that’s just me. But then again I’d like to think that I’m not the only one that fits that description…
Apart from the enjoyment factor though, music also has educational value for me. Most- or maybe all of the songs that I listen to- have served the purpose of helping me to master Spanish. After singing these songs a few hundred times you would pick up a word or two in Spanish as well, believe me!
Below I will share a few of the songs that I find irresistible. They help me to get my head in the zone (think Sean Paul), and I can’t help singing along and busting a move or two when I hear them. Enjoy!
This song mixes sweet Afro- Latino beats with Caribbean rhythms- it tells the story of a a young man asking for his lady’s hand in marriage.