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Forget sour note of Ja 50 song

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM


All these bad vibes over the selection of a Jamaica 50 theme song come as a real pity. This entire year was supposed to be one of celebration and joy, yet even in our plans to celebrate we find opportunities to create unhappiness.

Why are we so hard on each other? I admit, I don't like either song that has been offered, especially the newer release, but I don't think it is necessary to be so mean when we state our disapproval.

This is the land of genius writers like John Holt, exceptional singers like The Mighty Diamonds and Beres Hammond. Our songs have, over the years, not only pleased us, but have broken down barriers all over the world. Remember Bob Marley's role in the fight for independence in African states?

I have to say it is a little surprising that we could not have come up with better songs to celebrate 50 years of a land with such a rich musical heritage. But, what's done is done. Perhaps our politicians know best. Personally, I will be listening to the greats like Toots and the Maytals, and Gregory Isaacs as I celebrate this glorious event.