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Olympic song should be Marley’s One Love

Friday, July 27, 2012    

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Dear Editor,

I do not agree with the song chosen to typify the Jamaican spirit at the Olympics. I suppose you could say I am "blue". This is an inconsequential, teenybopper, chewing-gum sort of ditty, which cannot even be regarded as a Jamaican rock classic, does not even have a Reggae riddim, which will trivialise the Jamaican psyche, and thus do no credit to Jamaicans. I am not against Millie Small, in a personal way, but I hope naturalised Jamaican Brits will protest.

Up to now the athletes have represented us very well in England .They have settled down and done their work, avoided pre-games publicity very cleverly, despite various efforts to distract them by newsmen, local and international. They have even just barely responded to an attempt to lure them out via a church service, which is supposed to be the great lure to catch blacks, seeing that it is the nostalgic perception that Christian churches had the major role in driving the Emancipation Act.

Now we have this focused image broken down by Millie's jiggy lyrics. Can you imagine the British team marching to the Beatles’ I wanna hold your hand? The song should be Marley’s One Love. The world can relate to that philosophy.

Cathy Brown






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