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‘Identifiably Jamaican’: Rob Ford’s Patois is actually pretty authentic, Jamaica-based linguistics expert says

A Kingston, Jamaica-based linguistics professor has affirmed that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford indeed appeared to show a good passing knowledge of Jamaican Creole in his drunken Monday night rant, and that his speech was not necessarily vulgar.

“His language, in that context in Jamaica, would not be out of place,” wrote Hubert Devonish, a professor of linguistics at the University of the West Indies’ Jamaican Language Unit, writing in an email to the National Post. Read more

Jamaica’s Hottest New-School Reggae Artists Return To Roots

Live bands. Soulful music. Substantive lyrics. I could be describing the Jamaican music scene circa 1976, the heyday of . But I’m talking about a sound that dominated at this year’s Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s biggest annual music festival.

Jamaican artist Chronixx, 20, performed live before nearly 10,000 fans at the yearly event. He’s Jamaica’s most buzzed-about artist right now, and he’s leading the way in a rich musical movement: new-school roots. It’s a bit of Rasta meets hipster. Chronixx says it’s a repackaging of what came before.

“We are not going to do it like Bob Marley did or like did,” Chronixx says. “We are using their blueprint to bring on a new generation of works.” Read more