THE EDITOR, Sir:
I WRITE in response to the above article authored by Mr. and Mrs. Oxamendi Vicet expressing disappointment with the 'Air J Jazz & Blues Festival'. I will not comment on the observation about the festival itself, as I was not present, however, I hope you will publish my response to the attack on a particular segment of the society, termed 'THE WIGGED ONES'. Just as soon as I read 'an insult to those of us who know better and have the sensibilities for music' I could tell what would follow.
The person writes that at US$45.00 a head all the 'wannabes', who attended the jazz fest would have been able to pay the same to attend a second show geared to a different type of entertainment. S/he then goes on to write "I must comment on the calibre of the patrons with no snob appeal attached. In days gone by a price tag of US$45.00 would have been prohibitive for the 'wanna belongs'. Those who would shell out that money would be the ones with the sensibility for jazz/blues". This is a snob if ever I heard one. Mr and Mrs Vicet, there are exclusive functions, 'By invitation only', where you can take your stuffy, snubbish, pretentious, insecure-self along with all the other pretenders.
The observation continues with the use of derogatory names to describe a group of Jamaicans, who are obviously not up to the Vicets' standards. Who are the wigged population? Who are the wigged populace? But more importantly, who are you?
Jamaicans should be glad to support such functions and encourage all segments of the society to attend as it could be one of the answers for taking the hard edge off a sometimes callous people.
The Vicets must have forgotten the origin of blues & jazz. Do you think that the people who lived, wrote and sang the blues did so that only 'your type' could enjoy it?
I am, etc.,