Jamaica is a dynamic country, with multiple facets to its culture that are intriguing to people worldwide. In 50 years, the people have become world-class citizens who excel in all walks of life. Jamaica is well known for its food, sports and music; these are major elements of the Jamaican way of life, which are all outstanding and distinctive by themselves.
The Island Journal highlights various aspects of the Jamaican culture and lifestyle since it became independent in 1961. Readers will be able to delve deeper and gain an insight into distinctive aspects of our people, like Bob Marley; culture, music and food. The book closes off by sharing authentic poetry, some in the patois dialect, all regaling different aspects of the Jamaican culture
Denise N. Fyffe was born in Jamaica; she is a child of the eighties, the last era where mankind was more into values than temporal vanity. She attended Harbour View Primary and Camperdown High before exploring further educational studies in Computer Programming, Counselling and Education. Denise has a myriad of talents and abilities; however, her one constant passion is writing. Her focus has always been on giving a voice to the human condition and being a constant and ever present witness; a ‘penman’ to all the secrets and tragedies of life. Denise is also a board member of the Jamaican Writers Society.
Music is to Jamaicans, as air is to a human being.
The Island Journal
In 2012, the Jamaica 50 celebrations, with a penultimate gala held at the National Stadium was executed all year. The 2012 Olympics, was also bitten by the Jamaica 50 celebrations bug. To mark this momentous occasion, a cadre of Jamaican artistes - Tessanne Chin, Damian Marley, Chevelle Franklin, Tifa, Tarrus Riley, Wayne Marshall, Beres Hammond, Assassin, Romain Virgo and Shaggy - came together and produced, ‘On a Mission’. This song is more of a feel good song than the epitome of Jamaican reggae music; nevertheless, its good music and it caused people to celebrate.