Hi Mark, In recent times I have noticed that the Jamaican wake is becoming more and more interesting.
When I was a child, there used to be 'singing' where people would gather and sing songs and drink cofee/tea. It was in fact called "singing".
Also, in those days, the community supported the bereaving family with food supplies. Now, the tradition is expanding to include a big music band and support in the form of food items is extinct.
Let us start a dicussion on wake to examine what it was like 50yrs ago and compare it to what currently obtains.
Yes, I agree Sharmaine. I'm going to open this up to Jamaicans, both those locally and in the disapora, asking for them to share what their nine-night experiences were like.
Personally, I grew to expect the mento and gerreh - traditional mento singing all night.
A mento band was employed or a group of community guitarist, banjo-ist etc. There would also be dutch pot knocking and grater scrapping :-).
My personal favourite were the songs though. Those were the good ole folk songs :-)
Remember the song, "Mi waan go inna '????' room". I'll leave the rest for someone to finish.
Ahh memories :-)
If you have ever experienced a nightnight or wake in Jamaica, please share your experience here.
Let's hear it for the 'good ole days'???!!!!!
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