Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music

Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music

by Sw. Anand Prahlad, Sw Anand Prahlad
     
 

Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, the Itals, the Ethiopians -- they all dropped dazzling proverbs into their best known reggae tunes.

"What come bad in the morning, can't come good in the evening."

"They love to give you a basket to carry water."

"The harder the battle be, ago sweeter the victory."

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Overview

Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, the Itals, the Ethiopians -- they all dropped dazzling proverbs into their best known reggae tunes.

"What come bad in the morning, can't come good in the evening."

"They love to give you a basket to carry water."

"The harder the battle be, ago sweeter the victory."

In Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music Swami Anand Prahlad looks at the contexts and origins of these proverbs, using them as a cultural sheet music for understanding the history of Jamaican culture, Rastafari religion, and the music that is that culture's worldwide voice.

Prahlad's fieldwork in Jamaica is extensive. For him, the study of Jamaican sayings and music is not only an academic endeavor. It is also a personal and poetic exploration. "I am writing not only as a folklorist but also as a member of the international reggae community, a group of people around the globe who look to this music for its joy, wisdom, and strength."

His unique, groundbreaking study argues that contemporary reggae artists are self-styled Rastafari priests for an international community of listeners and devotees. These "warrior/priests" serve as educators, healers, prophets, advisors, and social critics. Their proverbs become sources of strength and inspiration for members of the reggae community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578063192
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
02/19/2001
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.15(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Original Man: Culture and Ideology; A Contextual Frame1
Jah Message to Preach: Personas and Rhetorical Aesthetics32
No Cup No Mash: Proverbs in Jamaican Society70
New Brooms Sweep Clean: Proverbs and the Rhetorical Strategies of Address in Reggae Discourse112
Still Water Run Deep: Proverbs of the Itals139
Fire, Corn and Pots: Proverbs of Bob (Robert Nesta) Marley, O. M.170
App. 1: Partial Discography207
App. 2List of Major Proverb Users214
App. 3Interview with Keith Porter217
App. 4List of Proverbs by the Itals and Bob Marley, by Album and Song226
App. 5: Proverb Index234
Notes275
References279
Index291

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