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.