jamaica

  • Olympics fever

    “Wi girl dem run like Merlene Ottey, wi boys  dem run like Donald Quarrie- wi drink fish tea and wi feel irie”. This line taken from a popular cheer sung by children at Sports Day events across Jamaica embodies the pride of Jamaicans and our passion for athletics which...
  • Hypocrisy and homophobia

    In 2006, Time Magazine called Jamaica ‘the most homophobic place on Earth’. Violence and hate crimes targeting members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community along with harsh anti-gay sentiments in Jamaican dancehall music  had earned the country that title. The country is among several in the...
  • Dancehall: Dream or Nightmare?

    At any time of day, from just about every street corner, bus or car, the loud pulsating beats can be heard around Jamaica. The hypnotic beats and unwieldy lyrics reverberate with the intensity of the people with whom it has long become synonymous. Dancehall music is a genre of...
  • China: the Panacea for the Caribbean

    According to the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) the most recently completed showpiece of Chinese engineering in Jamaica, the North-South section of Highway 2000 is 66 kilometres long and allows motorists to travel from the capital city Kingston to the resort town of Ocho Rios in less than an hour....
  • We are the Small Axe

    “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe. Ready to cut you down, to cut you down” Bob Marley was born on this day in 1945. His songs have been soundtrack to peace movements, and many of them carry a strong social and political meaning. Small...
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