An evening with JANUKA part 3 – From Emancipation to independence 5 of 5

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME

The eclectic programme managed by Marcia our MC, consisted of:

  • A Taste of Jamaican food and drinks
  • Traditional cultural dances, eg. Bruckins, Tambo, Dinki Mini, Kumina, and the Quadrille.
  • Children and Adult games and dances, eg. Johnny was a Miller, River Bank Coverly, Emmanuel Road stone brucking.
  • Telling Anancy story
  • Dancing to Jamaican folk song – “Dis lang time gal”
  • Singing Jamaican folk songs with audience participation, i.e. Mango Time, The Banana song, Coconut woman, Dip and Fall back, Linstead Market; Sly Mongoose, Noboby’s Business, Colon Man, Mattie Walla Lef.
  • Singing revival song – A little more oil in my lamp and a rendition from Caspar.
  • Rasta chant with dance movements to Luciano’s Zion is a Holy Place.
  • Discussion of Proverbs with adults and children.

The programme ended with the Singing of the Jamaican National Anthem; Dancing the Ska (the Jamaican Independence dance); an enlightening speech by Desmond on the period of greatest development; The summary and Vote of thanks by Marcia.

However, two aspects of the programme are selected for special mention because of their uniqueness, entertainment value and educational content. These are the Themed Dub Song and the Dub Rap.

The Themed Dub-Song

Based on the 7 Themes identified from the literature and informal discussions, a Themed Dub -Song entitled “Cum mek mi tell yuh ow wi–a-go teck back wi culture – Daylight cum an wi can go home”; was created. The lyrics, written in patwah, introduced the essence of each Theme as they featured in the programme. The audience was encouraged to sing the chorus line with us, i.e.“Daylight cum an wi can go home”

Joan and Bev reciting

Theme 1: Reclaiming Our Identity

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Come mek mi tell yu how wi a tek back wi culture
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi can change fi wi name as wi tek back wi culture – Choose name wid meaning as wi do in a wi culture – Give wi pickney first name in keeping wid wi culture -But memba pickney last name no represent wi culture. Wi Register pickney birthdays – as part a fi dem culture -But celebrate dem “Rite of Passage” part a fi wi culture -Wi can chat patois fi identify wi culture – Miss Lou and Mass Ran mek wi proud a wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi status restoring as wi tek back wi culture – We will use wi knowledge and wi skills fi build up fi wi culture -We will write wi story dong so dem know bout wi culture – Marson and Mc Kay dem write bout wi culture – Wi can start wi own “little school” fi teach fi wi culture – Dispel di myths and lies dat dem tell wi bout wi culture – We a go teach wi pickney how fi play as part a fi wi culture – And mek dem sing and dance as we do in a wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi can wear fi wi clothes in keeping wid wi culture – Bright pretty clothes dat represent wi culture
Sing fi wi songs dat chat bout wi culture – Di rhythm and di style wi reveal fi wi culture
Wi a go dance fi wi dance fi show off wi culture – Wi African dance dat represent wi culture
Whine up wi waist as wi do in a wi culture – Di drumming and di beat will wake up wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi can dance di Quadrille fi mimic fi dem culture – “Di Ballroom Dance” dat dem bring to wi
culture – Dat rhythm an style it noh fit fi wi culture – Wi tun it inna “Camp Style” fi fit fi wi culture
Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Theme 2: Restructuring Our Work Life

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Come mek mi tell yu how wi a tek back wi culture
Daylight come an wi can go home

Respect fi di land is a part a wi culture – Farm it top an bottom as wi tek back wi culture
Wi can work hard all day in keeping wid wi culture – Can swap day work fi support fi wi culture -Wi mek nature guide wi in keeping wid wi culture -Rotate wha wi grow fi maintain fi wi culture – Grow wha wi eat fi strengthen fi wi culture – An grow enough an send abroad fi spread out wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi can wok fi wi self as part a wi culture – Wok when wi want as we do in a wi culture
Wi can set up one shop as part a wi culture – Fi sell nicks nacks fi support fi wi culture
Wi can wok a foreign or a town in keeping wid wi culture – Or wok in a “Industry” export fi wi culture – Wi can use wi skills in Arts and Crafts fi show off fi wi culture – At home or abroad we will promote fi wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Theme 3: Restructuring Our Family Life

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home
Come mek mi tell yu how wi a tek back wi culture
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi can choose wi own spouse as part a wi culture – But family do di vetting dats di norm in a wi culture – Have one wife fi fit in wid dem culture – But can have more dan one according to wi culture – Keep all wi pickney dem fi build up wi culture -An have as many as wi want fi represent wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi include di whole community in keeping wid wi culture – Fi help raise wi pickney as wi do in a wi culture -Use wi Elders’ Wisdom fi keep up wid wi culture – In Proverbs an Stories dat dem tell wi bout wi culture – Discipline wi pickney dem as part a fi wi culture -Fi have manners an respect in line wid wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi can throw “Pardner” fi support fi wi culture -Wi fi save wi money wid wi people show wi trust wi culture -Wi can Join “One Lodge” fi go learn more bout wi culture -Dem say dem give support an wi need dat in wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi can buy land- build house fi keep up wid wi culture – Shelter all we people dem as we do in a wi culture – Buy one Mule and Cart fi wok in a wi culture – An buy one Horse and Buggy fi style up wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi cook in- a- di Yabba pot wi use in a wi culture – An 3 legged Dutchy dat wi have in a wi culture An di herbs and spices dat wi use in a wi culture -Mek food taste so nice in a fi wi culture
Wi-mek fashion wid food as wi can in a wi culture -A bit a dis an some a dat wi nourish fi wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi share wha wi cook dats the norm in a wi culture – “Wid Pass-byes an Call-eens” as wi do in a wi culture – Wi drink di Bush tea cause it good fi wi culture – And di Fruit and Veg juice fi strengthen wi culture – Wi drink di Roots wine as the tonic fi wi culture -And drink di White rum fi stir-up wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Theme 4: Reclaiming Our Rights and Dignity

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home
Come mek mi tell yu how wi a tek back wi culture
Daylight come an wi can go home

Paul and Moses Bogle help wi fight fi wi culture -Fi justice and equality wi need in a wi culture
Governor Eyre condone injustice pan fi wi culture – But Sir Campbell, wi first governor general, ensure equality in a fi wi culture – Law an order now enforced fi protect fi wi culture – An Brutality now reduced in respect fi wi culture -Wi mus think before wi act, so wi noh let down wi culture – Wi fi live in peace and harmony, wi should in a wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi have voter’s rights fi influence wi culture – Can choose soo-mady fi represent wi culture
Wi have workers’ rights as part a wi culture – Bustamante play him part in helping fi wi culture
Wi have human rights as part as wi culture -Wi should have equal treatment regardless a wi culture An wi dignity reviving in keeping wid wi culture -Wi can hold wi head up HIGH as wi tek back wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Joan and Bev reciting

Theme 5: Our Spirituality Revived

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home
Come mek mi tell yu how wi a tek back wi culture
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi Spirituality reviving in keeping wid wi culture – Can praise fi wi God as wi do in wi culture
Build wi own Church fi support fi wi culture – Di Community wi serve dat is vital to wi culture
Celebrate fi wi dead dat is part a wi culture – With rituals, songs, and dance in keeping wid wi culture – Pour Libation is a part a fi wi culture -Fi honour wi ancestors dats di norm in a wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi can join Rastafari as part a fi wi culture – Dem strong belief in Bible teaching guide fi dem culture – Dem smoke di “sacred herb” fi gain wisdom bout dem culture – Dem “Peace and Love lifestyle” is in keeping wid wi culture – An dem link wid nature is part a fi wi culture – Di food dem eat is natural dat is good fi wi culture – An dem ritual, chant an songs, an slow beating of di drum- Help raise wi consciousness bout wi African culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Theme 6: Unity – Solidarity – and Pride

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home
Come mek mi tell yu how wi a tek back wi culture
Daylight come an wi can go home

Bogle say “Remember wi colour” an wi culture – An “Cleave to the Black” in respect fi wi culture- Garvey say “Unite” and reclaim fi wi culture – Him say“Rise up you mighty people” an tek back wi culture – “Know who wi are” an be proud a wi culture – An “Know whey wi come from” go find wi roots culture – Him say “Support wi wan anada” an Trade wid wi culture – An liberate wi- self – from colonial culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Rasta Howell did say “harmony” is needed in black culture – Wi shouldn’t feel like “outcast” in a fi wi culture -Him say – fi tek a radical stance – in a fi dem culture -An Protest against oppression in disya Babylon culture – Wi fi go back to Africa fi search fi wi culture -wi Kingdom – wi Kinship an wi Tribal culture -Wi must confirm allegiance wid wi African culture – An emancipate wi self from colonial culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Theme 7: The Cultural Challenge

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home
Come mek mi tell yu how wi a tek back wi culture
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi come a long way fi reclaim fi wi culture – After 400 years of Colonial culture
Tank God fi di wisdom and guidance fi wi culture – An tank him fi di leaders dat elevate wi culture Dem say Democracy gi wi freedom fi choose fi wi culture -Wi African or wi Jamaican culture?- Whichever path wi choose wi fi proud a wi culture- Accept an celebrate every facet a wi culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

Wi rich or wi poor wi hav fi live wid wi culture- Wi African or wi Jamaican culture? -Wi Black an
wi Pretty wi fi love fi wi culture- Wi African or wi Jamaican culture?- Wi choose Independence
now wi have fi manage wi culture – Wi African or wi Jamaican culture?

Manley say “unite” in dis yah multi-racial culture – “Out of many we are one” we must accept dis yah culture

So come mek wi dance, celebrate wi “mix-up” culture – Wi African an wi Jamaican culture
Wi African an wi Jamaican culture – Yes, Wi African an wi Jamaican culture

Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home
Day come an wi can go home
Daylight come an wi can go home

(2) Dub-rap on the food we use to eat

Another highlight of the programme was the Dub Rap about the different food we ate during the post emancipation years. From the abundance of food and fruits identified, the implication was that we should never have to go hungry in our culture!

Bev singing Dub Rap on Food we use to eat

Wi shoulda never go hungry inna fi wi culture

 

Verse 1

Wi shoulda never go hungry inna fi wi culture –Nuf Food and Wata – fi nourish wi culture

Breadfruit – Coconut – Rice and Banana – Plantain – Callaloo – Corn and Cassava

Dasheen – Badoe – Minty – Sally Cocoa – Lettuce – Watercress – Sweet Potato

Cabbage – Carrot – White and Green Cho Cho – Pumpkin – Okro – Irish Potato

Ox heart – Beef – Potentate Tomato – Margrove – Plum – Small cooking Tomato

Indian Kale – Gerkin – Spinach – Cucumber – Garden egg – Onion – Turnip – Susumber

Mi say Nooo we shouda never go hungy – Nooo we shouda never go hungy

Verse 2

Wi shoulda never go hungry inna fi wi culture –Nuf Food and Wata – fi nourish wi culture

Ackee – Escallion – Sweet pepper – Garlic – Ginger – Annatto – Pimento – Turmeric -Long neck Alligator – Round Simmond Pear- Black skin – Green skin – Purple skin Pear

Corona – String and Rose cocoa Beans – Crab eye – Butter – Broad – and Kidney Beans

Gungo – Jerusalem – Black eye – Red and Cow Peas -White yam – Renta yam – Lucea yam – Mozella yam – Negro yam – Chinnie yam – Thaw yam – St Vincent yam

Yellow yam – Sweet yam – and Pum Pum yam

Mi say Nooo we shouda never go hungy – Nooo we shouda never go hungy

Verse 3

Wi shoulda never go hungry inna fi wi culture – Nuf Food and Wata – fi nourish wi culture

Baby leg – Craw fish – White sugar Cane – Salango – Stripe and Hard sugar Cane.

Jackfruit – Tamarind – Fig – Sweet sop – Passion fruit – Guava – Melon – Sour sop

Otaheite – Mammee – Rose – Custard apple – Golden – Velvet – Star and Crab apple Peanut – Cashew nut – Pineapple – Cherry- Pomegranate – Gynep – Papa – Naseberry June plum – Hog plum – Coolie plum and Dates – Stinking Toe – Gimbelin and Sea Grapes

Mi say Nooo we shouda never go hungy – Nooo we shouda never go hungy

Bev singing Dub Rap on Food we use to eat

Verse 4

Wi shoulda never go hungry inna fi wi culture – Nuf Food and Wata – fi nourish wi culture

Valencia – Navel and Sweet oranges – Ortanique – Ugli and Sour oranges

Shadock – Turpentine – Seville – Mandarine – Grapefruit – Lemon – lime – Tangerine

Julie –East Indian – Hayden and Stringy- Bombay – Number 11 – Robin and Longy

Kidney – Cow tone – Suppy and Blackey – Green guage – Gopall – Beefy and Sweety

Bastard – Green skin – Red skin and Hairy -Millie – Butter and Sweetie come brush mi

Mi say Nooo we shouda never go hungy – Nooo we shouda never go hungy

Verse 5

Wi shoulda never go hungry inna fi wi culture –Nuf Food and Wata – fi nourish wi culture

Red and Grey mullet – Turtle and Jack -Wenchman – Calepeaver – Makerel and Sprat

Hamlet – Red – Black and Grey Snapper – Red Tail – Red belly – Yellow tail Snapper

Turbot – Marlin – Doctor – Herring – Old wife – Gadamy – Grouper and King

Parrot – Lobster – Oyster and Shad -Tiki –Tiki – Eel – Janga and Crab

Baracuda – Conch – Cutlass – Crawfish- June fish – Grunt fish and Goat fish

Mi say Nooo we shouda never go hungy – Nooo we shouda never go hungy

Verse 6

Wi shoulda never go hungry inna fi wi culture –Nuf Food and Wata – fi nourish wi culture

Goat meat – Hog meat and Cow Meat – Coney meat – Turtle meat and Duck Meat

Red neck – Peel neck and Senseh Fowl – Road Island – Game foul and Guinea fowl

John Chuwi – Bald plate – Pigeon – Beenie Bud -Wood pecker – Barbie dove –Pea dove – Grass Bud – Hen egg – Boobie egg- Turtle egg – Duck egg – Hot pepper – Black pepper – Cinnamon – Nutmeg

Nooo – Wi shoulda neva go hungry – Nooo – Wi shoulda never go hungry – Nooo – Wi shoulda never go hungry – Nooo.

SOME COMMENTS ON OUR SEPTEMBER 15th EVENT.

“I congratulate you on your successful event. The food, the dance and the history were enjoyable and informative. You (Beverley) are maintaining your family tradition of excellent public service”

“Congratulation JANUKA on another brilliant evening – entertaining and educational…and the callaloo was delicious”

“Thank you all for such an entertaining, educational evening. I really enjoyed reminiscing as it took me back to my childhood in Jamaica and my school years in London. I am touched that you are all embracing our culture, sharing the same passion in revisiting our history…”

“Congratulations on a purposeful and enlightening presentation. The performance, individually and collectively was of a high standard; but most importantly, it was delivered with commitment and passion. The support is a testimony that people are becoming more self-conscious, and have a growing desire to return to their origin. So just keep on clearing a path to help them find their way”

“We really enjoyed the concert. Well done”

“Well done to you and your team. Lots of work. Blessings”

“Hugh congratulations on yesterday’s evening. It was a real triumph!!!”

“I enjoyed the dance as it reminded me of my childhood. We used to do these folk dances as”

“Fantastic, interesting and very enlightening. Would definitely love to see this group again, Best wishes”

Excellent performance. It is good education for the younger generation of Jamaicans with Caribbean heritage. Keep it up, well done”

“Your dancing is extremely inspirational, the first time I saw you I was impressed and you continue to amaze me. Keep up the great work. Very entertaining.”

“Thank you ladies for such a wonderful experience of Jamaican history. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Continue spreading your message of our wonderful story. Thanks again”

“Great performance. Thank you for bringing the past to life. Hope you continue to grow”

“The dance! Fantastic, graceful movements, easy to watch and enjoy and a good stress –release activity. Definitely inspiring to know the history too”

Conclusion

This performance conformed with our cultural tradition in which our history and culture are shared from one generation to the next, through storytelling, proverbs, riddles, games, images, art, folksongs, music, dance, rituals and work ethics.
This innovative, interactive, entertaining and educational presentation was very well received.

We thoroughly enjoyed the planning, and the delivery of this programme. Part 4 is on the horizon!!!

THANK YOU to all Friends of JÁNUKA and well-wishers who devoted time and effort to make this event successful. Thanks to St Lawrence Church for allowing us to use their premises.
Our aim to entertain, educate, empower and inspire positive awareness of our Jamaican cultural heritage was truly achieved. Well done Team JANUKA.

From: Beverley Bogle – Group Coordinator.

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