- Paperback: 271 pages
- Publisher: Ghetto People Publishing Company Limited; First Edition edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615510671
- ISBN-13: 978-0615510675
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto Paperback – 2012
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This is a must read for Jamaican black men. He has gained my respect in a way no other reggae artist could. While I may not agree with all his views, I appreciate him starting tge debate about tge future for ghetto people. Unlike any other reggae artist since Bob Marley he has used his talent and voice to create controversy and questions.
I read it in three days and it inspired me a lot. Thank you Adidja Palmer.
Sadly Jamaica will shun the information in the book until they are placed with their back against the walls and the people demand change. He gave a 10 step summary on how Jamaica can turn everything around, but it needs to be approved with an open non biased approach. After all we are Out of Many but we need to become One people.
Read the book when it first came out in 2012 and looking back two years later at Mr. Palmers' current situation, it proves he was not wrong about country's ' division and merciless treatment of ghetto people.His own tragic and unjust trial being the longest in jamaican history, making him ,again ,the advocate and symbol of all the unheard voices he has been fighting to uplift for his whole career. The power and hope he gives could not be taken away even when sacrificed in open court;this book being the testament that many in the world; regardless of origin, skin or culture, can relate to.It is both inspiring and painful to witness how world can respect you and appreciate you more than your own home.
He offers very clear snapshot into the harsh reality of Jamaica most in the world do not get to see;and how hopeless it can be for many who try to change their circumstances. From slaveships to "queen" to independence, Jamaica has been fighting war within a war within a war; the damage that has been done mentally and spiritually on majority of people unfortunatley allowed those with wicked intent to manipulate their disatisfaction. Too often this becomes self hate and confusion, leaving one fighting for whats fighting them. With corrupt politcal parties and wealthy minority on one and zinc fense ghetto youth on the other side,Kartel built a bridge.Those who try to destroy it, made him a catalyst .
Adidja Palmer/Vybz Kartel is easily the most prolific and important figure to come out of Jamaica. Aside from unmatched musical talent book offers insight into a father,a son, a citizen, a man - I highly recommend this book, especially to those who harbor hate and dislike towards him;I challenge you to deny its content.
I'd like to see next chapter to this book, written from the other side of the wall.
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All Caribbean people should read (from Barbados). He always comes across as highly intelligent in his songs. Even in the non conscious ones, the intelligence is always there. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jherad