So inflammatory were the lyrics that the record was banned on Jamaican national radio but remained top of the charts for months and was heard constantly on sound systems throughout the island. When I spoke to Mutabaruka he expressed his disappointment with politicians of all stripes. He also lamented the moral 'slackness' of the new dance-hall 'ragga' music, which, he said, had lost reggae's authentic political bite.
I hope Mutabaruka and Shanachie Records, New Jersey, are being handsomely rewarded for having had their satire transformed into a jingle for a crispy bar.
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