I had a conversation on a social site with an educated Jamaican woman, who also happened to be an educator. She is convinced that patios (patwa) is a great teaching tool for students, she eloquently argues that there is data supporting her position that patios enables kids to learn English better. I disagree, let me hasten to say I am not an educator, and do not pretend to be one. I do have common sense. I believe if parents had the means to teach English to their children at the pre-k level, these kids would arrive at the elementary level better off. The first four years are the formative years, children are like sponges, they soak up everything they hear and see. In the case of Jamaica, as in the case of African-American communities where many children learn Ebonics, children are at a disadvantage. I believe these children have to go through a debriefing of sorts, and what amounts to a re-orientation, to acquaint them with standard English. It seem that for both teachers and students that time could be better spent, ie, learning a legitimate second language.
Even as my friend and I disagree on this issue, Jamaican dance-hall artiste, are complaining bitterly that they are being forced to water down their artistic talents by cutting out smut or even bleeped out smut. I mean really? The Broadcast commission have finally come to it’s senses, and is correctly protecting the airwaves from the corrosive garbage they peddle as music, they complain they are getting a fight. This is what happen when there is a lack of leadership. A society simply cannot maintain it’s viability if everyone is allowed to do what they want, my grandfather always told be even hell has rules. What these smut peddlers are saying is, that they are unable to communicate effectively using standard English and without the expletives-laden-tirades which passes for lyrics.
By the way real Jamaican artists have done so long before these charlatans killed the music.
Toots and the Maytals.
Freddy Mc Gregor.Gregory, Issacs, Barrington Levy, Sugar Minot,
Dennis Brown. Millie Small, Susan Kadogan,Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis,Delroy Wilson.
Beres Hammond, Wayne Wade, Sanchez, Marcia Griffiths, Carlene Davis.
I could go on and on, and for those who continue to spread the lie that somehow this crap they now peddle is music, ask the average person on the streets which they would prefer, the music of yesteryear or what obtains today?People hardly dance anymore, they just stand around and look. Between the constant stop and start, the profane yelling screaming, what passes for dance-hall is literally killing reggae music. The so-called Artists and their supporters are simply too blind to see it.
All the great ones who created the music, did so without the filth, no one should believe the lie that music must or should be filled with degenerative smut. Let them learn to communicate without the smut or find some other profession. The notion that they should be allowed to propagate that garbage on society is laughable it is an indicative of the deeper rot which is eating away at society.