REGGAE- AND ALL THINGS MUSICAL IN JAMAICA FROM THE MID FIFTIES TO MY CREATION OF REGGAE IN 1962 IN TRENCH TOWN AND BEYOND, WAS THE EPICENTER, THE SINE QUA NON OF CULTURAL TALENTS IN JAMAICA. BUT THE STATUS QUO OSTRACIZED AND MARGINALIZED US.

EXCERPT (c) WE REFUSED TO BE WHAT THEY WANTED US TO BE- RAS CARDO SPEAKS.

WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE.

YOU WOULD THINK THAT AFTER SO MANY DECADES HAVE PASSED, THOSE WHO NOW INHERIT THE FRUITS OF OUR LABORS BY KILLING AND DESTROYING ALL THINGS TRENCH TOWN, WOULD AT LEAST TRY TO MAKE THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO NOW HAVE BEEN FORCED TO LIVE THERE SAFE AND INCLUSIVE IN THE GENERAL CULTURE OF THE SOCIETY- BUT NO!!!!

IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO VISIT THE PLACE, AND TAKE A LOOK, MAKE YOUR OWN ASSESSMENT. TELL ME WHAT YOU FIND. SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE, IF YOU CAN FEEL SAFE TO DO SO. DO THIS WITH AN OPEN MIND. REMEMBER THE EXPANSIVE IMPACT OF REGGAE ON THE WORLD AND ESPECIALLY ON THE JAMAICAN ECONOMY.

I COULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS WITH THE TITLE- ” ALL THINGS TRENCH TOWN”- BUT THIS WOULD NEVER BE TRUE BECAUSE TRENCH TOWN IS ALL PEOPLE TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING IN THE POVERTY THAT IT HAS BEEN FOR YEARS- BUT THIS DID NOT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.

MOST MEDIA OUTLETS IN AND OUT OF JAMAICA WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE THAT -REGGAE- IS SYNONYMOUS WITH JAMAICA AND BOB MARLEY.

MOST MEDIA WILL SHOW YOU A SKEWED VIEW AS THEY TRY TO MAKE  THEIR PRESENTATION LOOK AUTHENTIC.

THIS IS NOT TRUE- WHAT IS TRUE IS THIS- REGGAE IS SYNONYMOUS WITH TRENCH TOWN, THE TRENCH TOWN PEOPLE, THE ORIGINAL WAILING WAILERS, AND BOB WHO CAME TO BE WITH US AFTER ITS CREATION.

MOST MEDIA LIKES TO SHOW YOU PEOPLE WHO WERE NEVER THERE WITH US, THEN THEY DIVE INTO THE JAMAICAN MUSIC SCENE.

LET ME TELL YOU THIS TRUTH:

THERE WERE NO MEDIA PEOPLE ON THE PLANET WHO WERE THERE WITH US IN OUR SUFFERINGS.

THEREFORE: IT IS FOR YOU TO ASK THEM- WERE YOU THERE?  WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION, AND FROM WHOM?

TAKE A LOOK AT THE SYSTEM IN JAMAICA- THE CLASS SYSTEM.

THERE HAS BEEN TWO JAMAICA FOR AS LONG AS  MY GREAT GRAND PARENTS, AND THOSE BEFORE THEM, HAVE KNOWN IT.

THOSE WHO HAVE WEALTH, AND THOSE WHO DO NOT. YOU WILL HEAR PEOPLE SAY- THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS.

LIKE ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET, THOSE WHO HAVE WEALTH WILL CONTROL OR TRY TO CONTROL WHATEVER OR WHOMEVER THEY CAN. JAMAICA IS NO EXCEPTION.

NOW TODAY YOU WILL SEE SOME PEOPLE CRAVING THE SPOTLIGHT TALKING ABOUT WHAT STAKE THEY HAVE IN THE NOW- REDEFINED BY REGGAE MUSIC- JAMAICA.

THE LATE GREAT -BUNNY RUGS- FROM THIRD WORLD BAND SINGS- ” THERE’S A PIRATE AROUND EVERY CORNER TRYING TO REAP WHAT HE DID NOT SOW”. HOW TRUE THAT IS.

MY REGGAE MUSIC FROM TRENCH TOWN HAS REDEFINED JAMAICA IN MANY WAYS. I WILL NOT HAVE TIME TO DETAIL THEM HERE.

HOWEVER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT OTHER FORMS OF MUSIC HAD THEIR SUSTENANCE FROM TRENCH TOWN’S CULTURALLY CREATIVE AND TALENTED PEOPLE.

FROM SKA, TO ROCK STEADY, SOME CALYPSO, MENTO, AND AFRICAN RHYTHMS HAD THEIR SUSTENANCE THERE.

FROM THE MID FIFTIES TO THE EARLY SIXTIES THE NAME- HIGGS AND WILSON- FROM TRENCH TOWN RULED THE MUSIC WAVES IN JAMAICA.

THERE WERE SINGERS AND DANCERS OF ALL SORTS.

WHILE SKA AND THE BIG SOUND SYSTEMS HAD THEIR DAY MANY OF THE POOR YOUTHS FROM TRENCH TOWN WHOSE PARENTS WERE NOT ABLE TO CARE FOR THEM ENDED UP AT – ALPHA BOYS HOME. THERE THEY LEARNED TO PLAY MUSIC.

MR. ROCK STEADY HIMSELF- ALTON ELLIS AND HIS SISTER LIVED NEXT TO ME IN TRENCH TOWN. MY YARD WAS THE SCHOOL YARD. THERE WAS NO OTHER .

THOSE WHO CAME TO VISIT US FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE ISLAND CAME FOR A REASON- BECAUSE THEY KNEW THIS WAS THE PLACE TO BE, AND SO BOB MARLEY DID THE SAME.

I  WILL NOT GIVE ANY DETAILS HERE, BUT THE HISTORY IS IN THE DETAILS.

TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF WHAT I SAY HERE AS WITH ALL MY WRITINGS OF TRUTH.

I CAN TELL YOU EVERYONE OF US WHO WERE THERE IN TRENCH TOWN AT THOSE TIMES.

I CAN ALSO TELL YOU WHO WERE NOT THERE AND WERE NEVER THERE WITH US.

I HAVE ASKED THEM OVER THESE YEARS TO CHALLENGE WHAT I SAY, BUT THEY REMAIN SILENT.

IF THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT SKA, ROCK STEADY, MENTO, OR OTHER FORMS OF JAMAICAN MUSIC WE CAN HAVE THAT TALK IN THE TRENCH TOWN CONNECTION.

LET ME SAY THIS FOR THE RECORDS AS I KNOW THERE ARE THOSE WHO POLICE MY WORKS OF TRUTH IN THE HISTORY THAT:

ANY AND ALL THINGS MUSICAL IN JAMAICA, INCLUDING THE ARTISTS OF MANY GENRE- SKA,- ROCK STEADY- LOVERS ROCK- MENTO, ETC HAD THEIR TRENCH TOWN TRAINING AND CONNECTIONS- AND YES,

I WAS THERE FROM MY YOUTH AND HAVE NEVER LEFT.

MY TRENCH TOWN YARD WAS THE FOUNDATIONAL SCHOOL AND CULTURE YARD OF ALL THINGS MUSICAL IN JAMAICA IN THOSE TIMES..

JOE HIGGS AND WILSON TRAINED MANY WHO NOW TODAY SPEAK AS IF THEY DID IT ON THEIR OWN- NOT TRUE!

SOME OF THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE TRAINED BY JOE AND OTHERS IN TRENCH TOWN NOW DENY THIS TRUTH, CALLING THEMSELVES-” SHEPHERDS OF REGGAE” ETC.

I OFTEN WONDER AS TO WHO WERE THEIR SHEEP.

PETER TOSH HELPED TO TRAIN MANY.

MY PARENTS AND I ALONG WITH MY SIBLINGS AND TRUSTED SISTRENS AND BRETHRENS DID MUCH FOR MANY AN ASPIRING ARTISTS.

I HAVE THE DETAILS OF THE HISTORY AND THE TESTIMONIALS OF THOSE WHO WERE PRESENT.

FOR ANYONE TO EVEN ATTEMPT TO FALSIFY WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR ARCHIVAL HISTORY, THEY WOULD HAVE TO HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE SUN FROM SHINING. IT IS DONE!

SOME WILL READ THIS AND SAY- ITS A BOLD STATEMENT. WELL,

THE TRUTH IS BOLD.

ANYONE WHO FEARS THE TRUTH IS A LIAR, OR HAS GUILT AS TO WHAT THE TRUTH REVELATIONS MAY BRING FORTH.

TODAY, YOU WILL SEE SOME PEOPLE SHOWING OLD FOOTAGE OF WHAT THEY HAVE CONCOCTED TO DISTRACT AND LEAD OTHERS AWAY FROM THE TRUTH.

THEY FIND A LITANY OF WAYS TO DECEIVE PEOPLE. BUT AS BOB TOLD THEM- TELL THE CHILDREN THE TRUTH. THIS CAME FROM US IN TRENCH TOWN.

TELL THE WORLD THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SUFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE.

TELL THE WORLD THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW AND WHY WE REFUSED TO BE WHAT YOU WANTED US TO BE.

TELL THE WORLD THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW YOU SAID- NOTHING GOOD COMES OUT OF TRENCH TOWN.

TELL THE WORLD THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SYSTEM- THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS.

TELL THE WORLD ABOUT TRENCH TOWN AND HOW THE PEOPLE STILL SUFFER.

TELL THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HERE AND NOW IN THIS TECHNOTYRANNICAL SOCIETY.

TELL THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW YOU DECEIVE THE PEOPLE CONTINUALLY AS YOU BUILD PENITENTIARY, CHURCH AND UNIVERSITY.

TELL THE CHILDREN THE TRUTH.

TELL THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW THE STONE YOU REFUSED FROM TRENCH TOWN- REGGAE-, HAS NOW BECOME YOUR CORNERSTONE.

AND YOUR PEOPLE STILL SUFFER. TELL THE PEOPLE THE TRUTH!

(c) RAS CARDO SPEAKS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

RAS CARDO REGGAE ARCHIVES PHOTO. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

RAS CARDO REGGAE ARCHIVES PHOTO.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

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