‘More respect needed for Trench Town’
REGGAE legend Bunny Wailer says not enough respect is being given to Trench Town despite the community’s significant contribution to Jamaican culture.
Speaking Sunday at the fifth Rastafari Trumpet Call at the Trench Town Culture Park, Wailer reminded the gathering that he, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh — his colleagues in the Wailers — are products of Trench Town.
“Trench Town is a special place, and I don’t like how it has been treated. A lot of people from this community with whom I grew up have made their mark with their contributions in sports and entertainment,” he said.
“Although my brethrens are not here physically, their works live on. I am talking about Robert Nesta Marley and Winston Herbert McIntosh (Tosh’s real name).”
Wailer also addressed the issue of protecting and preserving Rastafarian culture’s intellectual property. He noted the religion’s roots are deep in Trench Town and was initially observed in the neighbouring west Kingston ghetto known as ‘Dungle’.
“I remember time ago when if one is exhalting the colours of Rastafari, the colours of the rainbow, he would have to go to live on Dungle. I an’ I couldn’t exhalt the colours of the rainbow, but now other people are coming to take it and make millions of dollars,” he said.
Junior Lincoln, a representative of the Jamaica Music Institute, also grew up in Trench Town.
He outlined plans to pay tribute to its achievements in music and sports. “Trench Town is a bigger brand than Kingston, Jamaica.
Trench Town Cultural Village is real and Rastas have a rightful place here,” Lincoln said. He disclosed that “a wall of fame” honouring artistes for whom streets in Trench Town are named, will be unveiled soon.