Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Caribbean Duets

I am flying into Trinidad for a funeral of all things, listening to the Machel Montano Road March winning song from 2006. It's called "Band of the Year" and it's sung with Patrice Roberts.

As the song, which I have not heard in some time played, I felt that familiar feeling of Carnival entering my bones.

I missed Carnival last year, and the boost that it gives me each year. As the song played, I felt that happiness that is conveyed with soca music, the optimism, the the love of life, the fun that comes with jumping with others to the same music... there is nothing like it.

It feels child-like, but not in the sense of it being infantile. Instead, it reminds me of running in the rain, splashing through puddles, lying in lush green grass, and feeling the sun on your back... all things that we adults stray away from.

Trinidad Carnival is a time to return to that simple fun we used to have as kids, and doing it with thousands of others makes it all the more potent.

It is the perfect counterpoint to daily Jamaican life, which is built on a kind of seriousness that is the cause, rather than the result, of much of our poverty of the pocket and of the heart. (On the other hand, I would want a Jamaican in my foxhole when things DO get serious over any other kind of people, but that's a topic for another post.)

All that the say that I can't wait for Carnival next year.

One a separate note, I do enjoy reggae and soca duets, in which a rough male voice is balanced with a sweet feminine voice. During Machel's song I realized that I have always loved these songs without realizing that there was a common thread.

Here are the ones I can recall:

Action by Nadine Sutherland and Terror Fabulous

Fire Burning -- Marcia Griffiths and... ?

Light It Up, Band of the Year -- Machel Montano and Patric Roberts

Get on Bad --Bunji Garlan and Anika Bostic

Buji Garlan and Patrice Roberts - Signal / Whisky

Bunji and Patrice Roberts - Stomping Ground

Get Busy -- Sean Paul and Sasha

Baby Boy -- Sean Paul and Beyonce

Loti La -- Sonny Mann and Denise Belfon (maybe the roles are reversed on this one)

Remember - Alicia Keys and Baby Cham

Any others?


At 11/09/2007 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fire Burning -- Marcia Griffiths and...Cutty Ranks

At 11/10/2007 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi fwade,
I just came across your blog. I like it tres much. I am a Trini living in Toronto and go home for carnival every year - and you're right about what carnival feels like.
On another note, it's nice to see in print - that Trini and Jamaicans DO get along. I am tired of reading negative things about both nations. No country is perfect (but Caribbean countries come close!)
Keep on talking about the good (and bad if necessary) about us.
Best wishes

At 11/10/2007 2:13 PM, Blogger fwade said...

thanks! small correction -- Half Idiot by Marcia and Cutty

At 11/10/2007 2:14 PM, Blogger fwade said...

Hi anon -- I have written a lot about the Trini-Ja connection in my business blog -- see the list of my blogs in the right column

At 11/11/2007 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE these duets too, in any genre! The rough or deep voice of the man, the sweet voice of the women. What I also smile for dayyssss about is the hardcore male artist rapping or deejaying 'longside the sweet-voiced male artist that makes all the girls feel NICE...aka Bounty Killer and Angel Doolas, Sean Paul and Vegas, Jay-Z and R Kelly (anybody and R Kelly)! Good music and good friends make life run all when yuh nuh have nuh money, I tell you!

(Michelle GD)

At 12/07/2007 12:10 PM, Anonymous Consett Bay Killa said...

Bunji Garlan name spell w/o a "d" on the end.

"Remember" is actually "Ghetto Story (Remix)"

But I also like: "Break it Off" Sean Paul and Rhianna


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