After reading those two excerpts, the face of one individual instantly comes to mind - that of Joan Andrea Hutchinson, “The next Miss Lou”, “Dat Bumpy Head Gal”.
Whichever name you may know her by, one thing stands out at all times: she is Jamaica’s cultural ambassador.
Following in the footsteps of Amina Blackwood-Meeks and the late Dr the Honourable Louise Bennett Coverley (the original Miss Lou), Joan has embraced her culture, with a passion for ensuring it is preserved and kept valid and current at home in Jamaica, as well as in the Diaspora.
The essential “jack of all trades” when it comes to the imparting of the Jamaican culture, Miss Hutchinson is an author, storyteller, actress, language trainer, motivational speaker and cultural educator.
firm believer in the saying, “kin teet kibba heart bun”, she utilizes
wit and humour to bring across essential themes and aspects of the
Her riveting stage presence allows Joan to
communicate her thoughts and ideas in any setting, to any audience, and
it is received with the same level of awe and understanding.
storytelling style is effective to capture the attention of children all
over, and her enthusiasm and vivacity will spell-bind adults regardless
of the socio-economic status. That is the effect of Joan Andrea Hutchinson.
One poem, one performance, even one quotation is enough to have even the skeptic salivating for more.
Her unique talent brings the Jamaican culture
into perspective, through practical, everyday Jamaican experiences and
proverbs, expressed in the authentic, inimitable Jamaican dialect.
She has a vast repertoire of Jamaican poems, which are compiled in audio/visual cd’s and books.
Her most famous works, and incidentally some of my favourite
include, but are not confined to:
Regardless of whether you are Jamaican-born, a Jamaican-at-heart or simply in love with the Jamaican culture and lifestyle, Joan’s work will appeal to your sense of cultural pride and broaden your appreciation for the Jamaican people.
It matters not if you are a fan of “Bredda Anancy”, in love with the intricacies and rhythm of the Jamaican dialect, or curious regarding the meaning behind the proverbs or “old people sayings”, there is a Joan Andrea Hutchinson poem to “whet your appetite”.
So the next time you want a taste of some authentic Jamaican culture, just pick up a work from Joan Andrea Hutchinson and “tek kin teet kibba heart bun.”
Baby mi love yuh and yuh done well and know
But a guy can’t too meck him feelings show
Yuh feel mi love and dat suppose to enough
But man a man and man haffie flex tough
So no expect mi fi come wid no lovey dovey love
Cause man a thug, an thug no show love
Mi will tidy house an help yuh wash plate
Change baby diaper, iron cook an bake
Wash yuh hair an massage yuh body all night long
Hug up an dance like grandpa when mi hear love song
But outa street mi no eena di smoochie smoochie love
For man a thug, an thug no show love
Most people no know say mi have a romantic side
Mi will give yuh sweet an tender loving till yuh clide
At home mi will bow, cause yuh control di remote
An mi ready fi go front a parson go teck oath
But John Public no haffie know bout mi romantic love
For man a thug … an thug no show love