Excerpt (c) 1995- Reggae reality. Reggae philosophy. ISBN 1883427-19-3.
WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE
For those who fear the destruction of a genre of music from which the culture and sufferings of a people became known to the world, take heed and listen.
I have repeatedly told you that there was a system in Babylon whose aims and intentions are to destroy the works of those who speak and stand for the truth.
I have told you about those who have killed the reggae messengers and sent others to prisons so that the truth will not be revealed from them.
These are the same people who have used the genre of music to enrich themselves, their families, cohorts and friends.
Many of these merchants of reggae fortunes have decided to hide away in distant places while now trying to bring reggae to them in their secret- CAT HOLES.
My student- Bob Marley did spoke about them- “they will do anything to materialize their wishes”.
He did say- “woe to the vampires they eat the bread of sorrow”.
These individuals live inside and outside of Jamaica and have over the years mingled with those who have not the wisdom to keep them under careful scrutiny as it relates to their work products.
It is true that most of our messengers have allowed, these wolves in sheep clothing to infiltrate them and to steal.
Why we allow this to happen is still a mystery to me, but I know the root causes.
I have , over the years seen many whose careers have succumbed to the deception of the enemy.
We sing about them in our music and yet we allow them to come and to steal from us. How foolish can we be?
Now, again, there is an outcry from those whose livelihood is in jeopardy because they have finally realized that those who stood beside them, be it on stage, in the recording rooms, or in high and low places were there with one sinister intention- to rob and steal from them while pretending to be their friends.
Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Higgs and Wilson, Cherry,and a host of others the world now knows have shared a lot with me over these years.
WHO IS THERE SO FOOLISH TO THINK THAT WE HAD AN EASY LIFE?
This plays out like the desolation of tribulations to an apocalyptic end.
Some years ago, I had to remind and rebuke those who wrote and tried to make people believe that -reggae had no compassion.
They came up with this so- called- “REGGAE COMPASSIONATE ACT”.
As lying, deceiving and misleading as that was, it was a blatant act to destroy the reggae that I had created in trench town in 1962, Kingston Jamaica.
These were promoters of reggae as they called themselves who became disgruntled and angry with the way certain artists demanded their legal rights to control their own destiny in the music.
Keep in mind that these were also individuals whom have gotten rich from the fruits of reggae who became greedy, and wanted to control it forever.
So, whenever a poor artist demand their rights to their works, there is a fear which sends a rippling effect in the industry.
The music executives will release an onslaught of forces to derail and destroy that artists career.
THE POWERS THAT BE NOW AIM TO “KILL REGGAE” AND DESTROY THE LIFE OF THE JAMAICAN POOR YOUTHS WHOSE VIABILITY DEPENDS ON IT.
So, while the government of Jamaica, the Universities, and the churches keep still and stand aside and watch the poor youths kill each other because they have no music to fall back on for a living, I must make the youths know that:
ALL IS NOT LOST, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT CONTROLLED REGGAE LEGACY. THERE IS A NEW WAVE COMING FOR THIS GENRE WHICH I , RAS CARDO CREATED.
I WILL NOT DISCLOSE THE DETAILS.
I DO NOT KNOW, NOR CARE TO KNOW THE FORMULA FOR COCOA COLA, OR PEPSI, DO YOU? I AM SURE YOU GET THE POINT.
THOSE WHO WISH TO KNOW THE TRUTH MUST WITH URGENCY LINK UP.
THE ENEMY CHOOSES TO SHIFT THE FOCUS OF REGGAE FROM JAMAICA TO OTHER PLACES ON THE PLANET.
THEY PLAN TO MAKE REGGAE DEFUNCT ESPECIALLY IN JAMAICA THEREBY SENDING MOST POOR YOUTHS BACK INTO A LIFE OF CRIME , VIOLENCE AND DEATH AMONG THEIR OWN PEOPLE.
SO, I RAS CARDO WILL ASK THE WORLD- WHAT IS THE NEW NORMAL?
WHAT IS THE NEW NORMAL FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO SING AND PLAY REGGAE MUSIC ON THE WORLD STAGE?
WHAT MOST ARTISTS WILL NOT CARE TO KNOW IS WHAT IS BEHIND THE ACTIONS OF THOSE WHOSE WISH IS TO DESTROY THEM.
I WILL SAY TO THEM- LOOK BEHIND THE TRUE HISTORY- THERE YOU WILL FIND THE ANSWERS. MY REGGAE IS NOT FOR FOOLS.
CONFLICTS AND CONFRONTATIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN STAGED AND INSTIGATED BY RIVALS HAVE BUT ONE INTENTION.
LET ME TELL THE WORLD THIS- THIS IS THE SAME M.O. WHICH WAS USED TO LIE TO THE WORLD THAT BOB MARLEY AND PETER TOSH HATED EACH OTHER- YET THE WORLD BELIEVED IT.
THIS PROPAGANDA CAUSED SO MANY PEOPLE TO HATE PETER TOSH AND TO FAVOR BOB MARLEY.
I KNOW THEM PERSONALLY, AS WITH ALL THE OTHER LEGENDS OF THE MUSIC. I HAVE TOLD THE WORLD THAT THIS WAS NEVER TRUE.
BUT KNOW THIS- BOB MARLEY NEVER ENDORSED THIS LIE.
IN THIS SO-CALLED -INFORMATION AGE- DECEPTIONS AND SCAMS WILL RUN RAMPANT. WHOM DO YOU TRUST?
YET, WE DID TELL BOB MARLEY TO SING- “MAN TO MAN IS SO UNJUST.”
AS IT IS WRITTEN- THEY DIVIDED HIS GARMENTS AND CASTS LOTS FOR HIS VESTURE.
SO, FOR ALL THOSE WHO PANIC AS TO WHAT THE ENEMIES OF REGGAE WILL DO NEXT, I RAS CARDO WHO CREATED THIS GENRE DECLARE-
THEY HAVE NOT THE WISDOM TO PUT THEIR HANDS ON THIS LEGACY.
I CREATED IT FOR THE TRENCH TOWN PEOPLE AND FOR ALL POOR PEOPLE GLOBALLY. IT WILL NOT BE MOVED!
THOSE WHO MAY AID AND ABET OUR ENEMIES, SUCH AS THE CHURCHES, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND THEIR SO-CALLED PROFESSORS OF OUR MUSIC, WILL NEVER PREVAIL AGAINST THE CHILDREN OF JAH.
MY TRENCH TOWN CREATED REGGAE IS SECURE FOR MANY REASONS.
THE ENEMIES WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO UNLOCK, ENCRYPT, AND DECIPHER THE KEYS TO THE MYSTERIES WHICH I HAVE PLACED INTO IT.
IT IS MUCH MUCH MORE THAN THE MUSIC WHICH CARRIES ITS MESSAGES. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TOLD THE WORLD THIS.
IT IS NOT FOR FOOLS, AND THOSE WHO WISH TO STEAL FROM THE POOR.
I, RAS CARDO MADE IT SO TO BE. IT IS THE WORKS OF JAH.
FOR IT IS WRITTEN- “HE WHO CARRIES THE ARK OF THE COVENANT WILL BE FEARED BY MANY NATIONS”.
(c) RAS CARDO SPEAKS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.