I Can No Longer Remain Silent: Mi Affi Bawl Out!

LOAJ affi bawl out, mi caa ignore it mi affi bawl out.

A recent song release called ‘Bawl Out’ by performing artiste ‘Chozenn’ has created some controversy as the song clearly mimics a very profane dancehall song of the same name by ‘Dovey Magnum’. In the event you have never heard the song ‘Bawl Out’, below is a preview (warning, very graphic).

Here are a few lines from the song: “Lawd Gad how yuh feel suh good? Mi love how mi P*$$y jus a grab yuh hood. Mi caa wol it, baby mi caa wol it. Mi caa wol it mi a bawl out…” It is hard to imagine a conversion of this song that would facilitate spiritual ministry. Now, listen to the ‘gospel’ version of ‘Bawl Out’:

Here are a few lines from the song: “Lawd gad how yuh one suh good? Yuh shame the devil mi know yuh good. Mi caa wol it, Jesus mi caa wol it. Yuh name mi a bawl out….”

So, there are a few things to consider. Is this song really gospel? What was the artiste’s intention? Why is this a big deal? Gospel music is a genre of christian music which may not have a specifically defined style as it varies according to culture and social context. It is however either slow and meditative or fast and repetitive with the primary intention being spiritual focus. Now let us imagine dancehall music, which is a genre characterized by a fast rhythm usually of a track instrumental accompanied by sharp rhymes of lyrics usually describing strong sexual themes, violence, dance moves or social issues. Jamaica has seen the establishment of a new genre called ‘Gospel Reggae’ which honestly is not for everyone.

The issue I have with the conversion of graphic dancehall music to gospel is that the objective of ministry is not achieved. Note that Love 101, a popular gospel radio station, has banned the song ‘Bawl Out’ from playing on their frequencies. The attachment of these songs to their origin makes them very ineffective in ministry. Imagine playing ‘Bawl Out’ in church, can that song aid in worship? How ironic would it be for the wrong words to slip out due to the similarities with the original song. If the dancehall genre was initially established with strong positive and or religious themes such controversies would not exist.
Here are my OPINIONS regarding the new version of ‘Bawl Out’

  • Chozenn’s conversion of the song does not draw people to God.
  • The artist’s intention was more so selfish than ministerial. It worked! We all know Chozenn now, a brother has got to eat right?
  • The song is NOT gospel. It is simply a parody.
  • Not everyone has good vocals, if the dancehall genre is the only one he can perform, he should at least be original.
  • I had never listened to the dirty ‘Bawl Out’ before this saga unfolded, thanks Chozenn.
  • In order to make such a great replica of the original, Chozenn would have chosen to have a real good ‘review’ of the original.

– Aldeam Facey 2018

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Rebecca Black, Is So White!

So its Friday! The day ‘nine to fivers’ look forward to weekly. My contentment led me to the popular video site Youtube.com, in search of a song that reflects my mood. I searched for ‘Friday’ and I found a song that was released in 2011 by a wonderful little white girl called Rebecca Black. The song surely brought a smile to my face as I listened to the pure, innocent lyrics.

The song is so amazing and I don’t know why millions of persons hate it so much. One should be awarded for such brilliant creativity. To top it off Rebecca’s vocals are on point with Beyoncé Knowles, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and those big shot singers. So intrigued was I, that I had to press the like button on the video. Youtube.com did a very strange thing that I had never seen before. It asked ‘Are you sure you want to like this video?” and I clicked yes then subscribed for more. To demonstrate why I love this song so much, just look at the some of the lyrics:

[Verse 1: Rebecca Black]
7am, waking up in the morning
Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
Gotta get down to the bus stop
Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)
Kicking it in the front seat
Sitting in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which seat can I take?

These are everyday problems we face in developing countries like Jamaica. We can all relate, that’s why the song is such a big hit here. 

Even with our luxurious taxis, when one arrives at the taxi stand, everyone just stops and looks at it because no one knows whether to kick it in the front seat or kick it in the back. Sigh, life is so hard.

[Hook: Rebecca Black]
It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Sentiments with which we can all agree. 

[Bridge: Rebecca Black]
Yesterday was Thursday
Today is Friday
We so excited! We so excited
We gonna have a ball today
Tomorrow is Saturday and Sunday comes afterwards
I don’t want this weekend to end!

Like a bridge over troubled waters! Dah bridge yah bad! ‘Yesterday was Thursday Today is Friday’ Sounds like something Grace Jackson would say! Probably that’s why I like this Black girl so much enuh. Then she goes on to remind us that ‘Tomorrow is Saturday and Sunday comes afterwards‘. Such deep and powerful words! This girl deserves a Grammy ASAP! 

Yow unu pree di song!

If the song was any Whiter, it would be transparent. That is how pure and real Friday appears.

It doesn’t ever get much Whiter than this. I can’t wait for Saturday to be released. Rebecca, keep doing what you doing! You Rock!

 

– Aldeam Facey 2016