TAKE CAREFUL NOTE! WHEN I CREATED -REGGAE FROM THE WORD STREGGAE- IN 1962 TRENCH TOWN IT WAS DONE TO UPLIFT AND DIGNIFY THE PLACE OF WOMEN IN THE SOCIETY AND THE WORLD- ALSO TO SHOW OUR SUFFERINGS.

(C) Excerpt from- RAS CARDO SPEAKS REGGAE FOR A HEALING OF THE NATION.

MESSAGE TO ALL WHO ARE USING AND MIS-QUOTING MY WORKS.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY. WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE OR MALICE.

CAVEAT: IF YOU ARE ONE WHO GETS OFFENDED BY READING THE TRUTH, THEN DO NOT READ MY WORKS. THE REGGAE I CREATED AND WRITE ABOUT FROM TRENCH TOWN SPEAKS JUST THAT- TRUTHS!

THE WORD – REGGAE- WHICH I NAMED AND WITH MY TRENCH TOWN BRETHRENS CREATED WITH THE MUSIC IN 1962 IN MY TRENCH TOWN BACKYARD, WAS DONE SO AS TO SHARE THE UNTOLD SUFFERINGS WHICH WE WERE FORCED TO ENDURE DURING THOSE TIMES WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD.

WHAT THE TOURISM INDUSTRY WILL SHOW YOU ABOUT JAMAICA, IS ONLY WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW. MANY HAVE NOW, HOWEVER COME TO SEE THE LIGHT OF TRUTH.

FOR YOU TO BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE NOT SUFFERING IN JAMAICA, AND DYING BECAUSE OF MALIGNANT NEGLECT, BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN ABJECT POVERTY, WOULD BE A GRAVE MISTAKE.

MY REGGAE BRINGS YOU THE TRUTHS ABOUT WHAT IS/IS NOT A REALITY OF THE CONDITIONS OF THE PEOPLE- THE POOR AND UNDERCLASS- THE PEOPLE WHICH BOB MARLEY AND PETER TOSH SINGS ABOUT AND DIED FOR.

OVER THE YEARS SO MANY HAVE JUMPED UNTO THE REGGAE BANDWAGON, AND FEASTED UNJUSTLY. NOW, THESE SAME PERSONS AND THEIR COHORTS ARE ORCHESTRATING THE DEMISE OF THE TREE FROM WHICH THEY ONCE FED.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEEN ME WRITE ABOUT THESE TRUTHS?

SOME ARE USING MY- CHANGE A WORD TO CHANGE A CULTURE- CREATION IN WAYS WHICH DETRACT FROM THAT WHICH WAS RIGHTLY AND STRICTLY MINE.

I REMEMBER THE DAYS AND TIMES WHEN CERTAIN WORDS IN THE SO-CALLED ENGLISH LANGUAGE HAD CERTAIN MEANINGS WHICH THE TEACHERS WOULD ALMOST WHIPPED INTO OUR HEADS. NOW THE SOCIETY OF TODAY HAVE GIVEN THOSE WORDS NEW MEANINGS. I AM NOT HERE TO DISCUSS THE ETYMOLOGY OF WORDS.

NOW, I WANT YOU ALL TO TAKE A CLOSE WATCH ON THOSE WHO WILL USE THE TRUTHS OF YOUR WORKS AND MINE IN WAYS WHICH WOULD MISLEAD OTHERS TO THINK THAT YOU ARE IN CONCERT WITH THEM.

THOSE WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO QUOTE ME ON WRITINGS TAKEN FROM MY BOOKS, ESSAYS OR OTHER WORKS, HAVE A WAY OF DOING IT IN A CONTEXT WHICH CLEARLY SHOWS THEM UP AS BEING NOT ONLY PLAGIARERS OF MY MATERIALS, BUT AS  THOSE WHO ARE USING MY WORKS TO ENHANCE THE VALUE, CREDIBILITY  AND AUTHENTICITY OF THEIR OWN.

SOME HAVE RIGHTFULLY SAID- “RAS CARDO NOTES”… OTHERS HIDE THE SOURCE, WHILE SOME LED OTHERS TO BELIEVE THAT IT CAME FROM THEM.

HERE IS WHAT THE PUBLIC MUST KNOW: I, RAS CARDO IS IN NO WAY CONNECTED WITH HOW, AND WHY THEY DO WHAT THEY DO.

THE FACT AND TRUTH IS THIS: NONE OF THEM COMES FROM TRENCH TOWN. I DO!

NONE OF THEM WERE WITH US IN TRENCH TOWN DURING THOSE TIMES.

IF THEY SHOULD QUOTE ME WORD FOR WORD AS I HAVE WRITTEN, THEN THEY SHOULD PROVIDE THE READERS THE CONTEXT FROM WHICH THEY WRITE.e.g. my books, Essays, speech etc.

I AM ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE THAT NONE OF THEM CAN GIVE AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTEXTUAL NATURE FROM WHICH I WRITE.- FOR TO DO SO, ONE WOULD HAVE TO BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT IN TRENCH TOWN WITH US AS THINGS UNFOLD.

THEY CANNOT, AND WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO PHYSICALLY PLACE THEMSELVES THERE WITH US.

THEREFORE, THEY SEEK DECEPTION TO MISLEAD OTHERS IN THEIR WORKS.

I AM THE CREATOR OF REGGAE- AND THE ONE WHO NAMED IT SO AS TO CHANGE A CULTURE WHICH WAS OPPRESSIVE AND DEMEANING TO ONE IN WHICH ALL JAMAICAN WOMEN AND THOSE WHO LOVE JAMAICA, CAN FEEL THE LOVE AND LIVE THE LOVE WHICH FLOWS FROM IT.

I KNOW IT HAS REDEFINED JAMAICA. I KNOW IT HAS COME TO GIVE WOMEN HOPE AND DIGNITY EVEN IN THE MIDST OF POVERTY AND SUFFERINGS. I KNOW IT HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

FOR THE MANY WRITERS OF BOOKS AND ARTICLES ON REGGAE WHOM I HAVE SEEN USING MY QUOTES, BOTH IN ACADEMIA AND ELSEWHERE- I WILL SAY THIS-BE SURE YOU KNOW THE TRUTHS FROM WHICH I SPEAK. I WILL REFRAIN AT THIS TIME FROM CALLING ANY NAMES. TELL THE CHILDREN THE TRUTHS.

CHANGING A WORD TO CHANGE A CULTURE- STREGGAE INTO -REGGAE- IS WHAT I, RAS CARDO HAVE DONE FOR A HEALING OF THE NATION.

I HAVE THE DETAILED HISTORY OF THESE TRUTHS, AND SPEAK AS A FOUNDATION REGGAE CREATOR SINE QUA NON.

IF THE REGGAE TRUTHS IS WHAT YOU SEEK THEN CONTINUE TO READ MY WORKS AND THOSE WHO REVEAL TRUTHS. BE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK AND LISTEN.

REGGAE IS MORE THAN THE MUSIC WHICH CARRIES ITS MESSAGES TO THE PEOPLE. PEACE! (c) RAS CARDO SPEAKS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

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