Jamaican music is catalyst for social change



After gaining independence from British rule, Ska was one of the first truly Jamaican music to be recorded. According to John downing in his article Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media, “Ska reflected the optimism of the young generation that grew up with the hope of casting off the colonial yoke and building ‘the new Jamaica’” (Downing, 2011). Since the inception of Ska, Jamaicans have been using music to represent the voice of those unheard, who were usually poor inner city citizens. Jamaican music has been used as a catalyst for social change and in colloquial terms “Killed two birds with one stone” acting as a message and the medium through which this message is delivered.



Through the earliest forms of Jamaican music such as Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae, Jamaicans made it clear that they were not pleased with the hegemonic behaviours of the political leaders. Other messages in the music were the discomfort of their economical status and concerns about the upsurge of violent killings. Songs such as Rivers of Babylon (Reggae) and Cry Tough (Rock Steady) are perfect examples of the music used to advocate for social change. Emphasized by the Rastafarian movement and their adherence to reggae, music is one of the most effective mediums that can be used to get a message across. Etched into the music, a message of love, unity and hope for a better life was spread across Jamaica through times when political violence was at its peak. Jamaicans knew they needed change; their message was clear but usually unheard due to efforts of the more powerful upper class. Realising the influence of music, artistes began to write about social injustice knowing it would reach the ears of everyone including persons overseas. In conclusion, from the emergence of Ska the Jamaican people knew they had the attention of the world like never before. As the music transitioned and evolved into different genres they used it as a medium to “up the ante” on social reformation.


Downing, J. (2011). Encyclopedia of social movement media. London,UK:Sage Publications,Inc


10 Mobile Games You’ve Probably Never tried before!

Over 1 million+ apps  have been created since smartphones took over, I bet you use no more than five on a regular basis. 😉

Here are the top 10 unusually addictive games I’ve tried, How many do you know?

  1. Red Herring
  2. Quiz up
  3. Icon Pop Song
  4. Pictoword
  5. Cham Cham
  6. Bee Leader
  7. Word Monster
  8. Microtrip
  9. Abduction
  10. Action Potato

Beat the boredom, they’re all free. 😀

Our True Purpose

critical-thought How long should it really take someone to figure out what exactly their true purpose is? A question we don’t usually ask aloud but deep inside we strive to find our selves. A few years after birth? Several decades? An entire century (If your lucky that is)? And if we spend all the time we were allotted searching, when exactly do we live this “dream” and make use of our discovered potential?

So far on my quest to find who I am, or who  I was meant to be, I’ve met two kinds of people, both impacting me in a unique way. They are The Dreamers and The Dreamers.

Dreamer number one, has the entire thought process figured out, down to the last T. They can tell you everything you need to know about a particular subject, all the pros and cons but what I have learnt is that this dreamer has no plan nor the guts to execute and make this dream a reality. So dreamer number one, dreams all day and is quick to criticize and they speak as if they have all they answers, probably they do, who knows?

Dreamer number two also has a dream, some of the details may be a bit sketchy, but there is always a well detailed plan of exactly how each milestone will be reached and passed. This dreamer will influence you to take a risk, be bold, walk with your chin up, and “take the bull by the horn.” To have a dream is half the story they will tell you.

Now back to the initial thought, finding our true selves. Dreamer number one or dreamer number two? I think it starts with figuring out where you stand then making whatever change is necessary. I’ve been told many times that the pieces will fall into place, but I took it a bit further to say:

“The pieces will fall into place, After you go out and find them.”

Time Travelling For Change

“Your local electronics store has just started selling time machines, anywhere doors, and invisibility helmets. You can only afford one. Which of these do you buy, and why?

(Thanks, atana’s world!, for inspiring this prompt!)”

smoke-stack_cap-and-trade-2Pause for a moment and set your oven timers, stop watches or hour glasses, whatever you decide to use it will only take a minute to realize that modern marvels are indeed contributing some unintended bad to our home, planet earth.

Governance, safety, climate,living conditions and I could go on about the things that have changed not entirely for good in the 21st century. Many will argue that this is not so and try their best to carve out reasons to prove that these changes are indeed positive. Not to say that it was perfect before, but looking back and comparing yester-years to present day they made it work with whatever “limited” (according to us of course) technologies they had.

After sitting and wondering, what were they doing then that we aren’t doing now I was almost shoved into choosing the time machine as the gadget I would purchase from the local electronics store.

The_Time_MachineGoing back and observing how cities, towns and countries were developed from pure man power would give me an idea of the moral foundations on which we stand today. It is key to understand how they conserved energy without war, distributed food with little squabble and fought to maintain wild life and forestry.

The idea is not to become a 21st century cave man, but understanding how those before us survived, traveled and hunt with little or no harm to the environment and themselves would be an asset for us moving forward.