with all that's new at My-Island-Jamaica, Click Here to subscribe
for my updates and don't miss a thing!
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'???!!!!!
Sharing IS Caring... Its now YOUR turn to...
If you found this page useful, please consider subscribing to my weekly newsletter, My Island Jamaica Digest here.
Back To The Top Of This Page
It tells you each week about the new information that I have added, including new developments and great stories from lovers of Jamaica!
New! Talk To Me
Was the information helpful? Something needs changing? I welcome your feedback here.
Recommended For You ...
Other Great Articles You Might Have Missed
Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)
Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?
Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!
Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.
Back To The Top Of This Page
About The Author
A patriotic Jamaican who adore its culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.
To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.
efforts have earned this site featured positions in local publications,
including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers,
as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies
and universities. Read more about him here.
He invites you to subscribe to this site to stay updated on all the latest and check out his unique Jamaican products on his Etsy store.
If you are on social media, here are the links to follow his latest posts
You are also invited to join his exclusive JAMHearts community where like-minded Jamaican enthusiasts discuss all things Jamaican.