"WELCOME TO JAMROCK"-
DAMIAN "JR. GONG" MARLEY
CHRISTOPHER "DUDUS" COKE-
"On 24 May 2010, police and military forces launched a large-scale operation aimed at taking Coke into custody. By 27 May, at least 73 people had died in clashes between Jamaican security forces and gunmen in West Kingston."-
Through mass media we witness the burning season of current events in the 3rd world. Today's spot visits the generational transitions, bloodshed, and the political and social landscape of one of the carribbean's most significant island nations, Jamaica. Currently the situation involving Christopher coke has catapulted jamaica to the front page of global headlines. Coke, son of a drug lord and head of the infamous "shower posse" which has foundations in NY, canada, and jamaica has been in a stand off for the warrant of his arrest for several days; this bears as a reflection of the island nations relationship of crime and politcs, and the mindset of the overall political climate of jamaica:
"Jamaica's two-party system, which had its roots in the rivalry between William Alexander Bustamante and Norman W. Manley (see Historical Setting, this ch.), resembles traditional North American patterns. Both parties--the JLP and PNP--were formed and operated by a relatively small number of men and with a high degree of British and intraparty cooperation."-
-throughout the 70's these two political parties clashed, to where the streets of jamaica were filled with political violence. Of the greatest ambassadors of that era, Bob Marley headed a peace concert to counteract the war:
"The One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22, 1978 at The National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
This concert was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between opposing parties Jamaican Labour Party and the People's National Party. The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers' performance of "Jammin'", when Marley joined the hands of political rivals Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP-"
-As the world still wacthes the ultimate results of the current crisis involving coke, who is also tied to politcal powers, we can take time to look to at the accomplishments of the past, to aid in the resolving of the current state of the socio-political climate of jamaica. As the point of understanding history, is to not let it repeat itself. We close with a recent documentry, 3 of 5 parts included in the embedded link of award winning journalist Ross kemp, with an insight into the struggles of jamaica. And a throwback of Hon. Robert Nesta Marley O.M, with his own declaration of peace in a time of conflict.
BOBS PERFORMANCE OF JAMMIN' ...APRIL 1978
THEE URBANPRIESTHOOD GROUP 2010.