On Chinese in Jamaica http://huffp.st/coTTMfX

As I watch the Dancehall movie, I realized I had heard the guy who raps and sings on stage in my music somewhere. I figured out that Drake in his song Controlla uses part of the song that the guy in the movie raps. I did a little more research and found out that Drake’s entire album called Views used many Jamaican things beats and rhythms. As one of my favorite artists, I found this to be pretty cool to see how Jamaican culture shapes our culture as well and I never really have noticed it until now. Just thought I’d share this with you!

Here is a YouTube link to the song.



Hi Professor Roland,
Given that we are on the British Caribbean unit of course, I would like to make a song request that fits that. I went to the BVIs over winter break, and while sailing to all the different small islands, my family and I listened to an artist named Quito Rymer, who was born in the BVIs. This song by him is called ‘Tortola’, which is the name of one of the islands in the BVIs. Included is a link and also a picture from break on the island of Tortola. Thank you so much!
-Katie S.

This video was very interesting to me because you see the true values of the Rastafarian religion through this little song. It directly relates to what you said in class today how these songs are really praising their God.

Hello Professor Roland,

I have found a few artists who were born in the Caribbean and I thought it would be cool to play some of their music before class! Although these songs don’t have anything to do with the readings, I thought they might be relevant due to the artists’ place of birth.

Sean Kingston – “beautiful girls” or “Paradise” (from Jamaica)
Rihanna- “Umbrella” (Barbados)
Iyaz- Replay (Tortola British Virgin Islands)
Sean Paul- “Temperature” (Jamaica)
We are the World 25 for Haiti- produced by Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean
Fly- Rihanna(Barbados) and Niki Minaj (Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago)

Hope you like them!

Elizabeth C.

Hey Professor Roland,

Here is a song I thought would be good for class when we talk about Jamaica. It is by Protoje, who is from Jamaica, the premise of the song is about the injustice and corruption of the government in Jamaica currently.

Hope You Enjoy!

-Benjamin G.

Blood Money – Protoje



Below I have attached a link to the song “Welcome To Jamrock” by Damian Marley. I chose this song because I thought it had some relevance in our course material. I think Damian Marley’s music is very interesting, as it fuses aspects of Reggae with modern rap. I thought that this was a good example of creolization, taking aspects of popular Jamaican music and American and fusing them together. I think this is especially interesting since Damian’s father, Bob, is a reggae legend. I was able to see Damian in concert roughly seven years ago so I’ve always enjoyed his music. I hope you enjoy the song and find it applicable to our material as I did!

Thank you,
James S

Hello [Dr.] Roland,

… Over this past winter break my family and I traveled by boat around St. Barths, St. Martin, and Anguila. While in Anguila we found a bar owned by a caribbean artist Bankie Banx. Bank Banx live right on the beach, always has a gian joint in his hand, plays music, and gives a helping hand to whoever needs one. This is one of his songs,

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