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Celebrating our rich culture

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM


The most impactful and far-reaching aspect of Jamaica is its unique and magnificent culture. Jamaica's culture has and continues to impact and influence the world, musically and gastronomically.

Critically acclaimed Reggae singers, Gentleman and Alberosie, from Germany and Italy, respectively, have adopted and perfected the art of producing, writing and singing Reggae music. One of the world's most respected and revered Reggae/Dancehall sound systems, whose founder is Japanese, is Mighty Crown.

Culinarily, Jamaica has impacted and influenced the world, with its world famous jerk seasoning and what has become one of the best fast foods on the planet, Jamaican beef patties. In 2012, Simon Majumdar, askmen.com's dining and drinks correspondent's, ranked Jamaican beef patties third, on his "World's Most Delicious Street Foods" list. Jamaica's Devon House ice-cream has become a must-have treat, for visiting tourists. Notably, a few years ago, Devon House was named, via a National Geographic article, as, the fourth best place to eat ice-cream, globally.

Given how powerful, influential, impactful and popular Jamaica's music and food culture are internationally, why have we allowed - and continue to allow - American fast foods and TV shows to become such dominant features of and have a great influence over Jamaica's national life and psyche? No wonder the "Foreign tings betta dan yard" mentality and mindset is so alive and well.

Patrick Gallimore