Is ah no show wid-out CP
Once upon ah time was ah very good time. We didnât have ah hell of ah lot, but times were good: No Barrels, No Western Union, yet we had we good Christmas! Dey was no Grinch to spoil Christmas like Elect-shuns and Elect-shun Pity-shun. Genuine love was all around, violence is so rampant, we now domesticating it foh export to Embassies. Ah recal when de Murder record was one ah year, and one morning three fellars were hanged foh ah murder at Lyric Cinema! Dey was just One Radio Stay-shun in TânâT and we were never short of up-to-date information. Today we have Radio Stay-shuns to give-way, gossiping from six to six, 24-7. We moved from De-pen-dance to In-deep-pen-dance. But as ah said, Vincy always had Good Christmas.
Vincy Christmas bears wid it ah spirit dat relates to de season, and whatever we did/do, whether it was Novena Church Service, Serenading, Caroling or Nine Mornings, dey was ah consciousness dat we celebrating de birth of Jesus. Ah like to think of Nine Mornings as an evolution; soon it will be referred to as de âChristmas Rev-all-yuh shun,â next ah ULP or NDP Nine Mornings Rev-all-yu-shun. Slowly one can feel de vibes as de present Nine Mornings Committee keep punctuating de decades: âWe will be celebrating de 20th anniversary of Nine Mornings next year.â Bob Marley saw it as clear as crystal: âEverybody want to reap de corn!â
Quite possibly, Novena and Nine Mornings evolved from de same Spiritual Agent. De commonalty is de number Nine, as in Nine Mornings before Christmas. While de religious among us took to de church foh spiritual strength, others found physical NRG in walking, lime-in, window shopping, swimming, street jumping, street party/concert, fete/ dancing. However deyâs dat constant that mek it unique, the time of day, itâs ah âPre Dawn Tingâ and in Vincy we say: âfore-day morning!â
Nobody knows foh sure when it came, where it came from and who brought it. Everybody came and met Nine Mornings. My grandparents who would ah bin 150 years today, told me about Nine Mornings in dey time, my mother who would ah bin 100, told me about her Nine Mornings. And me in me 70s came and got me belly-full ah Nine Mornings. Nuff respect to present day âmovers and makersâ, de likes of John Horne, Blazer Williams, Patches Knights, Sailor Bailey, Allan Palmer, El Grupo Amistad, RenÃ© Baptiste, Michael Peters, Lennox Bowman, Bamba Providence and all de others before dem, who met ah Nine Mornings, saw beauty and value in its survival, made humble contributions, that has secured de direction of dis truly unique festival.
From all eye witness accounts, last Sunday Nightâs launch of de 2017 Nine Mornings celebrations was quite good. It was broadcast on radio, but ah was able to hear it live from my porch. In SVG, whether itâs ah Gospel Fete, Pull-it-to-kill meeting, Block-O, Mini Van or whatever, loud noise is accepted as good sound. De show went well, presentations from de various rural communities giving ah taste of âwhat to expectâ foh dis yearâs Nine Mornings. Good singing, to good local compositions. Sulleâs âNine Morningsâ still doing well; ah like de group from Fancy singing Tajoâs âFancy Nine Morningsâ done in Ex-Tempo. De Bowman Brothers were well represented by Lennox and Rollie. Carlton âCP â Hall de King of Vincy Paranda was conspicuously absent. Foh de last 25 years CPâs contribution, starting wid âAh Love Me Christmasâ, has been ah show by itself. Itâs unpardonable to open or close de show widout him once heâs around. De Committee made ah Nine Mornings error when dey tried to replace CP wid Luta. Sorry, but his song was not appropriate. Christmas is not ah Jump up and wave ting, Christmas is âChrist Mass,â and not Vincy Mas better get dat right eh! And wid dat is gone ah gone again.
One Love Bassy
Bassy Alexander is a land surveyor, folklorist and social commentator.