It burnin! ..the alcohol burnin She!_Concept-06

August 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It burnin! ..the alcohol burnin She!_Concept-06It burnin! ..the alcohol burnin She!_Concept-06The Alcohol ..it burnin! it burnin! it burnin She!
This is my recollection of snippets of a song from one of my country's singers. It is written, here, just as I remembered it- in our dialect,not in English.
I chose this as my description of this image although the evening sun is the only thing that seemed to be burning Nekeshia's throat not any alcohol.
But it was done as a concept piece for many reasons.
You see today(August ,1) , we celebrate EMANCIPATION DAY. A celebration which symbolizes the removal of the shackles from the Africans that came to the Caribbean to SLAVE on SUGAR PLANTATIONS.
From my limited Knowledge of Caribbean history ,gained when I studied at the University of the West Indies and from reading the FATHER of our nation works I realized that possibly what we are really celebrating is the collapse of the sugar industry.
So according to Dr William's argument and this is only my interpretation(please don't beat me with a whip, if it is not entirely accurate) we have a CELEBRATION( and we are all thankful for it)only by DEFAULT.
Usually, you celebrate an achievement.
This one was as a result of failed economics.
If the RELATIONSHIP of the SUGAR INDUSTRY & THE SLAVE TRADE(slavery) did not prove to be UNECONOMIC the SHACKLES might still have been ON. According to Williams(no disrespect meant ,only putting on my academic hat) the abolishing of the SLAVE TRADE was purely for economic reasons.
Please help me to understand any other reason.
Okay,off with the what could or should have been or was and on the other part.
The Caribbean's traditional way of celebrating besides dancing and singing is by drinking alcohol and in most cases and in the early days our peoples would drink the byproduct of the very product they created with their BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS.
That's why places for drinking in the name of pleasure are commonly called in my country RUM SHOPS. Bars and the other fancy names were first introduced in the city and by the well to do.
So I have attempted a small history lesson and have tied rum, into the mix in Caribbean celebrations.

My occasional life experiences in Cuba have helped me understand my own history and life, even more .
Thanks to Papa Eric or Papa Willy.
And Thanks to the People of the National Lotteries Control Board who presented me with a birthday gift of his book ,FROM COLUMBUS TO CASTRO THE HISTORY OF THE CARIBBEAN 1492-1969, in 1980.

 

 

 

The Alcohol ..it burnin! it burnin! it burnin She!
This is my recollection of snippets of a song from one of my country's singers. It is written, here, just as I remembered it- in our dialect,not in English.
I selected this as my description of this image although the evening sun is the only thing that seemed to be burning Nekeshia's throat(or her neck) not any alcohol.
But it was done as a concept piece for many reasons.
August ,1 ,we celebrated EMANCIPATION DAY. A celebration which symbolizes the removal of the shackles  from the Africans that came to the Caribbean to SLAVE on SUGAR PLANTATIONS.
However from my limited Knowledge of Caribbean history ,gained when I studied at the University of the West Indies and from reading the FATHER of our nation works I realized that  WE ARE NOT  CELEBRATING EMANCIPATION we  are really celebrating the COLLAPSED of the SUGAR INDUSTRY & the SLAVE TRADE.
Usually, you celebrate an achievement.
This one was celebrating failed economics.
If the RELATIONSHIP of the SUGAR INDUSTRY & THE SLAVE TRADE(slavery) did not prove to be UNECONOMIC the SHACKLES might still have been ON.

Or tell me ARE THEY REALLY OFF?
Please help me to understand.
Okay we are celebrating. But to me, WE ALWAYS CELEBRATING. I could remember during 1990 uprising and we were forbidden to be on the streets at certain hours we had CURFEW PARTIES.

 THE BYPRODUCT of the sugar industry-alcohol seemed to be PARTLY RESPONSIBLE for how people in this part of the world view things laid back and carefree.
All over  my country  you must find a RUM SHOP if it is the only business place.


 

 

 

 


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