In the year when the gods of the Orishas met, I Kwoth begged Olorun mercy for the dancehall griot Addie the teacher, the Vybz in Kartel. Olorun was much displeased with Addie the teacher, the leader of the Gaza, one side of the disunity in dancehall.
For Olorun fumed and regretted about the day he ever gave Addie such talent and cementing his place in history as one of dancehall’s best lyricists.
“Why does Addie waste his talent and confine himself solely to music for the Jamaican market? Although it is important to have home support one must always prepare himself to win over audiences from faraway lands. Instead, he has relegated himself to doing music which only appeals to local audiences. And now, he has decided to lead a pack of people where only one has talent called Portmore Empire or Gaza. This is really a waste of talent,” Olorun said.
And I Kwoth the omnipresent god replied: “ye he has talent. But his pushing of this Gaza agenda is a real disappointment. I Kwoth smiled when he collaborated with Wayne the son of the Marshall in the early days to do New Millennium. I Kwoth also smiled when he was touted as the next big thing from our shores. And you great Olorun was also pleased when scribes and kings likened him to a wordsmith, a ‘lyrics factory’ and the best griot since Spragga of the brand called Benz, and Sizzla who took on the name Kalonji. But alas, oh Olorun, it is involvement with this Gaza agenda that has brought me here to plead forgiveness on his behalf because he knows not what he may have done.”
And Olorun replied; “for sure he knows what he has done because almost all walls in Jamaica bears graffiti marked Gaza. Only the narcissistic, enigmatic, dimwit, L.A. the Lewis has more markings on walls. Even the world’s fastest man Usain the son of Bolt and the pencil thin one who has appointed himself King of the dancehall – Moses the Beenie Man doth proclaim allegiance to Gaza. It is so bad that to be anything else may get one attacked. For sure, even the Twin jesters have made mention of it as they entertained the Orishas. This Gaza Gully division must stop now or someone will ultimately be killed.”
I Kwoth answered and said: “Addie does not encourage violence from his fans to anyone who does not follow him or his music. Ye, he has said this many times. He has said Gaza means strong and that his music give strength to all. But, his fans have misinterpreted this meaning and have taken it to mean physical strength. I pray Olorun punish not this griot as he maybe suffering from youthful exuberance. “
But Olorun was still displeased and replied: “He has given exposure to other acts who would not have got attention otherwise. Although some of the members of his Gaza empire are talent free and have names that are more comical than cartoon characters, he has blessed us with Jah Vinci. Although he has denounced violence, that is not enough because such actions have never been put in songs and poems. This is why I shall judge him because he has failed to live up to his abilities. Because of his actions, at a time convenient to me, I will take away his creative ability and he shall be confined to shows of the vintage kind. And all his fans will abandon him and some will deny him even as the Americans have denied him. At that time, although his place in dancehall history will be guaranteed he shall be seen as one who underachieved on a global level. ”
Next Week : Mavado’s judgement