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Patwa gold chain inna fashion show

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 6:00 AM

 

CHAKA-CHAKA SPELLING

 

It sweet mi so til! Patwa step up inna life an a bling pon gold chain. Di Friday night a Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW), mi buck up one journalist mi know long time. Im name Rob Kenner an im fly een from New York fi CFW. Im run Boomshots.com an im av one TV show pon YouTube an one Internet radio show. Im deh all bout.

Rob did a wear one chain hitch on pon one piece a plastic. Mi aks im a wa dat. Wen mi look good, mi see seh di plastic did cut out fi show writin. An guess weh it a seh? TUN UP. Rob tell mi seh a one a im fren mek di chain an she deh pon di fashion show dat deh night. Im ha fi represent.

Di designer name Reshma B. She a music journalist an she call herself Reggae Girl About Town (RGAT). Fi her website a bawl out. Reshma born a London an from she a pikni she a listen reggae music. An she love Jamaica culture an fi wi language. One a di first gold chain she mek a REGGAE GAL.

Everywhere Reshma go, people aaks her bout di chain dem. So she mek up her mind fi launch di line last year an she call it Reshma B chains. Rob do one interview wid her weh come out inna April inna Vibe magazine. Hear weh she seh: "I'm inspired by the street slang in my travels from London to Brooklyn to Kingston."

Some a di Jamaican liriks pon di chain dem a DASH OUT, BRUCK OUT, SLAP WEH, BENZ PUN**Y an MAAD. Some a di other word dema TRILL, WAVY, FADED, RATCHET, SWAG an NANG. An Reshma just put out some new chain wid so-so ganja leaf.

 

PATWA WID ENGLISH ACCENT

 

Out a di whole a di chain dem, di one weh sell off nof-nof a WAH GWAN. Mi did ha fi tell Reshma seh WAH GWAN no spell right. She lef off one a di A inna GWAAN. An she shuda put one next A inna di miggle a WAH an GWAAN. Dat naa stop di chain dem from sell.

An wen mi tink bout it, mi see seh same way wi fix up English fi suit wi, a di said same way English people a fix up fi wi language fi suit dem. Dem a chat Patwa wid English accent. So 'wa a gwaan' turn inna 'wagwan'. An wi dis ha fi lou dem. Wi cyaan chain up fi wi language. It change up wen it go a foreign. Same like reggae music.

Reshma B do special chain fi all kind a cebrelity. Papcaan did love WAH GWAN chruu Worl Boss did have one liriks weh imaks, "Wa a gwaan, Papcaan?" So im link Reshma an she mek a chain fi im an im Unruly Crew: TR8. Datstan fi 'Straight'. Papcaan seh, "Real thugs never figet di dump land or weh we come fram."

An lickle before Reshma come a Caribbean Fashionweek, she mek up one special order fi Madonna fi her Rebel Heart tour. Seet deh! Mi have nof rispek fi Reshma B. Shi done know bout 'total fashion', as mi breda, Kingsley, seh inna di ad fi CFW.

An talking bout cebrelity, all a unu weh did read mi column two week aback, 'Celebrity wedding at UWI Chapel', an did a aks mi fi picture a Erica Reid an Nardo Currie, unu better buy Gleaner tomorrow. Dem inna Flair Magazine. TUN UP!

 

PRAPA-PRAPA SPELIN

 

It swiit mi so til! Patwa step op ina laif an a bling pan guol chien. Di Fraide nait a Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW), mi bok op wan jornalis mi nuo lang taim. Im niem Rob Kenner an im flai iin fram New York fi CFW. Im ron Boomshots.com an im av wan TV shuo pan YuuChuub an wan Intanet riedyo shuo. Im de aal bout.

Rob did a wier wan chien ich aan pan wan piis a plastik. Mi aks im a wa dat. Wen mi luk gud mi si se di plastik did kot out fi shuo raitn. An ges we it a se? TUN UP. Rob tel mi se a wan a im fren mek di chien an shi de pan di fashan shuo dat de nait. Im a fi reprizent.

Di dizaina niem Reshma B. Shi a myuuzik jornalis an shi kaal arself Reggae Girl About Town (RGAT). Fi ar websait a baal out. Reshma baan a London an fram shi a pikni shi a lisn rege myuuzik. An shi lov Jamieka kolcha an fi wi langgwij. Wan a di fos guol chien shi mek a REGGAE GAL.

Evri we Reshma go, piipl aaks ar bout di chien dem. So shi mek op ar main fi laanch di lain laas ier an shi kaal it Reshma B chains. Rob du wan intavyuu wid ar we kom out ina epril ina Vibe magazine. Ier we shi se: "I'm inspired by the street slang in my travels from London to Brooklyn to Kingston."

Som a di Jamaican liriks pan di chien dem a DASH OUT, BRUCK OUT, SLAP WEH, BENZ PUN**Y an MAAD. Som a di ada word dem a TRILL, WAVY, FADED, RATCHET, SWAG an NANG. An Reshma jos put out som nyuu chien wid suoso gyanja liif.

 

PATWA WID INGGLISH AKSENT

 

Out a di uol a di chien dem, di wan we sel aaf nof-nof a WAH GWAN. Mi did ha fi tel Reshma se WAH GWAN no spel rait. Shi lef aaf wan a di A ina GWAAN. An shi shuda put wan neks A ina di migl a WAH an GWAAN. Dat naa stap di chien dem fram sel.

An wen mi tink bout it, mi si se siem wie wi fiks op Ingglish fi suut wi, a di sed siem wie Ingglish piipl a fiks op fi wi langgwij fi suut dem. Dem a chat Patwa wid Ingglish aksent. So 'wa a gwaan' ton ina 'wagwan'. An wi dis a fi lou dem. Wi kyaahn chienj op fi wi langgwij. It chienj op wen it go a farin. Siem laik rege myuuzik.

Reshma B du speshal chien fi aal kain a sibreliti. Papcaan did lov WAH GWAN chruu Worl Boss did av wan liriks we im aks, "Wa a gwaan, Papcaan?" So im link Reshma an shi mek a chien fi im an im Unruly Crew: TR8. Dat stan fi 'Straight'. Papcaan se, "Riil tugz neva figet di domp lan ar we wi kom fram."

An likl bifuor Reshma kom a Caribbean Fashionweek, shi mek op wan speshal aada fi Madonna fi ar Rebel Heart tour. Siit de! Mi av nof rispek fi Reshma B. Shi don nuo bout 'total fashion', az mi breda, Kingsley, se ina di ad fi CFW.

An taakin bout sibreliti, aal a unu we did riid mi kalam tuu wiik abak, 'Celebrity wedding at UWI Chapel', an did a aks mi fi pikcha a Erica Reid an Nardo Currie, unu beta bai Gleaner tumara. Dem ina Flair Magazine. TUN UP!

- Carolyn Cooper is a professor of literary and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Visit her bilingual blog at http://carolynjoycooper.wordpress.com. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com and karokupa@gmail.com.