HISTORY OF JAMAICA POLITICAL CLIMATE 1970-80 IN MUSIC
Perhaps the most remembered and/or most popular 'political song' in the '70s was Neville Martin's The Message produced by Eccles.
This song celebrated the achievements of the Manley Government and was the main musical vehicle of the 1976 campaign. The lyrics are unapologetically pro-PNP.
My father born yah, my grandmother born yah, I and I born yah. My leader born yah. That's why I nah left yah. He gave I a message. To all those people, who nuh love progress.
The song capitalised on the fact that Edward Seaga, then leader of the JLP, was not born in Jamaica. This, of course, was not a choice that Seaga made. Nonetheless, the lyrics were a great sensory connector and riveted the intended 'message' home brilliantly.
Politics in Jamaica, especially in the '70s and 1980 was oftentimes war. After nine months of violence [February to October, 1980 effectively the longest general election campaign in Jamaica] 844 [police official statistics] Jamaicans were killed on account of politics.
The message is in the #music there was a time when #Jamaica had a #PrimeMinister who's name was #MichaelManley who went against his own social class when he lead the #PNP and decided he wanted to educate the #Black poor minority within #Jamaica he formed #Jamal a school which help many #Jamaicans to read and write.
With the help of #FidelCastro he built #CubanSchools which are still standing today which taught our young men to gain skills in auto mechanic and other trade areas.
He #Michael #Manley erased the bastard system of which I was born under and made us free from being called #bastards and made us all equals.
He created the the #NationalHousingTrust #NHT and also allowed free housing, he reclaimed the land stolen by rich white families and gave it back to poor #blackpeople many rich whites, who never liked his style of governance left and went back to the #USA and England where they complained to those governments who placed Jamaica under immense financial pressure with the help of the #IMF #CIA #PresidentNixon Secretary of State #HenryAlfredKissinger #JLP and other agencies who sabotaged his leadership eventually out of love for the Jamaican people not wanting to see their suffering, he had to call the #1980GeneralElection where he lost to #EdwardSeaga who was backed by the #USA and #CIA which sparked the most bloody war of #JamaicaHistory.
#Manley was a #socialist reformer who believed that jamaica should have been a #SocialDemocracy State providing for its people and working as one to build a great nation.
Manley was never rich, but he was one of the elites his father like him is a #NationalHero in my book. His ideology is one of self governance his ideology if allowed to work would have made Jamaica and Jamaicans a better people and nation.
The music tells the tale of a man who was called #MYLeader who brought about the minimum wages and equal pay for women in our country. #