Danglin stands up for the real soldiers

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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AS a youth in Guys Hill, St Catherine, Dwayne Anglin said there was little taught in his school about black heroes like Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X. As an adult, he believes not much has changed.

Known as Danglin, the singer salutes black champions on Paper Soldiers, a song released last year. It is produced by Paul Kastick.

He acknowledges the contributions of Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Emperor Haile Selassie I to the empowerment of black people.

“Throughout the history of our oppression, there have been individuals who have sold us out to our oppressors. Paper Soldiers is a warning to put the real warriors on alert to identify and eradicate the wolves in sheep's clothing,” Danglin told the Jamaica Observer.

The New Jersey-based artiste said he wrote Paper Soldiers in 2016, but got together with Kastick last year to record it. In September, it was re-released as part of The Ultimate, a compilation album from Tad's International Records.

Danglin thinks more should be done to promote the message of black leaders in Jamaican schools which was not the case before he migrated to the United States at age 15.

“All dem teach us about was (Christopher) Columbus. We have to learn about our royalty on our own. During the 1960s Marcus Garvey's books were banned from schools in Jamaica, to hide the truth from the youths,” he said. “Knowledge is power, so the more you know is the more they fear you.”

Danglin went into music full-time after a stint in the US Navy. Two of his songs, Excuse Me Miss and Keep on Believing, caught the ears of Wailers bass player and leader Aston “Familyman” Barrett who asked him to join the legendary band in 2010.

He was The Wailers' lead singer for six years.

His latest songs are Nappy Head and On My Way (with Tanya Mullings).

— Howard Campbell

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