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Vybz Vaz - MP introduces one of dancehall's most violent songs on PNP stage

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (right) leading Dwayne Vaz to the nomination centre for him to contest a by-election in Central Westmoreland on a PNP ticket. Vaz sucessfully retained the seat for the party.

 

Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland Dwayne Vaz has moved to downplay his use of the lyrics of incarcerated dancehall star Vybz Kartel on a People's National Party (PNP) stage in Mount Salem, St James, last Thursday, claiming that persons misunderstood the context.

"My repeating the words of the song was only in reference to loading our supporters into vehicles to go to mass meetings as we normally do, and so I want to make it abundantly clear that there was no intent on my part with regard to anything to do with violence or encouraging violence or for any form of retaliation," claimed Vaz, who has been reported to the political ombudsman and is being investigated by his party.

While Vaz went no further than the introduction and the DJ played only the first few lines of the dancehall hit, The Sunday Gleaner is presenting its readers with a heavily edited version of the lyrics.

 

Weh Dem Feel Like

 

[Intro:]

Hey, Ryno, a baby strength dem have, gal strength alone dem have

Grants Pen, line up di car dem and di bike and mek we run in pon dem tonight

[Chorus:]

A weh dem feel like? Dem skin too tough fi bleed?

Puzzle up mi gun inna ...

Mek we step like a centipede and tek the lead inna war

A weh dem feel like? Dem skin too tough fi bleed?

Puzzle up mi gun inna ...

Mek we step like a centipede and tek the lead inna war

[Verse 1:]

Mi nuh inna nuh long talking (talking)

Mi dawg a do di ... barking (barking)

Magi-barrel a spin like a car rim, down a Madden

Dem haffi carry (...) badness a nuh show weh you star in

Fi get no bandoolu shot and fake scarrin

A real cop, a real killa, real bawlin'

When you mother (mother) see you spread out like tarpaulin

[Chorus:]

[Verse 2:]

Nowadays badness nuh fit dem

Dem only beat up bere woman and children

Nobody nah go vex if we kill dem

Di coppa shot dem from mi gun mi put it in dem

From you bother ... , you condemn

... string dem as we bomb dem

The way mi love killin mi put it inna mi song dem

And when di Gaza circle you, you caan get weh from dem

[Chorus:]