Music has played a major part in Jamaica’s general elections. In 1972, the famous bandwagon of reggae musicians, organised by Clancy Eccles, helped Michael Manley get elected prime minister. The Jamaica Observer starts a series with music industry players giving their views on the political process leading to the national poll on February 25.
IN 1989, when the nation was about to go to the polls, deejay Ninjaman implored Jamaicans to have a peaceful election via the anthem, Nah Go Love It. With general elections just days away, he is singing the same tune.
“Don’t let it be a violent one. We don’t have to kill each other in order to put a government in power,” the self-proclaimed Don Gorgon said.
Reflecting on Jamaica’s growth since he did Nah Go Love It, Ninjaman believes both major political parties (People’s National Party and Jamaica Labour Party) have done a good job modernising the country.
“I personally see the work they are putting in. I remember the days when people used to travel by donkey cart or when is jus’ one bus to take them from the country to town an’ back. Now by 3 pm, there is a build-up of traffic as motor vehicles are in abundance,” he said.
Ninjaman notes that although living conditions have improved there are still pressing issues that need to be addressed.
“We need the privilege to discipline our children without being told that we are abusing them. Our ministers, civilians and law enforcement should try to be more understanding of each other. We need to be more kind to each other; our country is beautiful and we need to see that,” he said.
The veteran toaster is urging the political parties to hold a conference with their supporters on a hill overlooking Kingston for citizens to appreciate Jamaica’s beauty.
“Show them the country from above. Everyone from overseas who wants to get rich, come to Jamaica and invest their money. We have lots of resources here but we are not making use of it,” he said.
While Ninjaman is encouraging people to vote, he will not be heading to the polling station on February 25.
“I don’t believe we (artistes) are supposed to cast a vote. In our career we have to deal with both parties. I will not be putting my X for anything, because all my life mi know sey X mean sey it wrong.”