Reggae has mirrored this legacy in their people music from the earliest starting point. Not exclusively does the music reflect what the general population have held from their countries in Africa, however the music additionally mirrors the social viewpoints that Jamaicans have gained from the distinctive nations that rise above their history. The reggae music frame manages the racial and social issues that were experienced amid Jamaica's history. The music was primarily worried about realities and rights and the inheritances of
The Gullah language worked its way into all aspects of African culture, including things such as religion and the naming process. The Gullah language gave African proverbs and parables a very connotative nature making them customarily relevant. The language also worked its way into the naming process, where names of Gullah roots were referred to as basket names. Joyner states, “Since one’s name is his most basic label of identity, [basket names were] no trivial accomplishment” (222). While many slave masters believed they held the right to name newborn slave children, enslaved Africans used these basket names among themselves to establish a their own sense of identity.
It was the Caribbean’s unique chain of events, which helped to shape the culture and traditions of the area, and African slavery was just another major aspect. It was the slave experience then, which helped to further define what we characterize as Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Haitians, and Jamaicans today. Bibliography Beckles, Dr. Hillary, Verene Shepard. Caribbean Slave Society and Economy, The New Press, New York, N.Y. 1991. Cliff, Michelle.
Through a brief history, to a look into the present day culture and society of Jamaica my fascination with the island bares true meaning. I proudly support American tourism through Jamaica in hopes of fueling the struggling economy. Speaking form experience Jamaica is an island filled with deep cultural roots in a growing society of unique natives. Reggae music proudly defines its people, culture and tropical land. In time my plans to return to the tropical paradise stand strong.
In Jamaica the Rastafarian movement brought to the forefront the pressing issues of deprivation upheld by the socio-economic structure of the island. The ideology of Rastafarians instilled personal liberation and autonomy at the time of Jamaican Independence, helping the population deal with decolonization. This paper will deal with the implications of this thesis throughout the history of Jamaica from the colonial to post Independence years (1962-1980). The rise of Rastafarianism can be seen in response to the history of inequity of colonialism. The mentality of humanization upheld in Rasta acted as force of mental liberation.
The first similarity of the Caribbean which Mintz points out is how the historical conditions are well known. He writes, "They consist in the expansion of Europe to the New World, the common historical patterns of conquest. colonization, peonage or slavery, and the development of multi-racial and multi-cultural societies throughout this area" (19). Benitez-Rojo goes on to be more precise, he writes, "So if it's clear that there are certain regular and common features, held in place by experiences more or less shared- European conquest, the native people's disappearance or retreat, African slavery, plantation economies, Asian immigration, rigid and prolonged colonial domination..." (34). Even though both Benitez and Mintz can make these claims because it is proven in history, Cliff writes on behalf of Jamaica's history due to Spain's discovery and conquest.
The warm weather, high mountains and broad plains provide Jamaica with diversity in climate and agriculture. The population of Jamaica is estimated to be around two million people, with nearly a half-million living in Kingston, the capital and largest city in Jamaica. Of those residing in Jamaica, 90% are of African descent, with the other ten percent made up of mostly Caucasians, East Indians and Chinese (Barrett 1997:3). Popular culture is heavily influenced by the African heritage, while formal behavior is unmistakably British in style. The unofficial language of Jamaica is English; however th... ... middle of paper ... ...ge, which represents the people of today.
An annual amount of 10,000 slaves imported into Jamaica kept the sugar production stable (Nytimes.com). Sugar was the main igniter for the Jamaican culture and the way of life. For hundreds of years sugar was considered the most valuable crop to Jamaica. Britain made a fortune off the backs of slaves in Jamaica during their reign. Jamaica leads the world as the number one sugar producer of the time.
Among Afro-Americans’ and Dominicans’ culture, language, history and values, there are large differences, but there are also several similarities. I will compare and contrast these two ethnic groups which are within me. Dominicans and African-Americans are similar in their African origin, but they are different “in their newfound slavery-induced cultures.” Dominicans were Africans mixed with Spanish culture. Through slave settlements, Dominicans were settled in Hispanola. In Hispanola, Dominicans were influenced between two ethnic groups.
But our formal education system, our accepted belief system, our art, law and morals, the legitimate customs and so many of our habits and perceived capabilities — all indicate of a so-called cultural sense are dominated by the European heritage (Chang and Chen, 10). The entire argument is conclusive and evident in most points, except the ‘little bit of [African] music,’ which is questionable. The roots of reggae music has been said to be fixed in slavery. The Rhythms, songs, and dances that survived well into the twentieth century in rural Jamaica are seen as solely African (Davis and Simon, 9). During the middle of the seventeenth century, Jamaica was basically a giant agricultural factory, used by a few British planters.