I went digging in the crates today and came across this 10-year-old jam from English …
“Winston Rodney, also known as Burning Spear, is a Jamaican roots reggae singer and musician. Burning Spear is a Rastafarian and one of the most influential and long-standing roots artists to emerge from the 1970s. In this thought-provoking song, Rodney asks some very literal questions that should make all sensible historians scratch their heads.
I an’ I all I know, I an’ I all I say, I an’ I reconsider, I an’ I see upfully that:
Cristopher Columbus is a damn blasted liar. Cristopher Columbus is a damn blasted liar, yes Jah
I remember hearing this song as a child, (I must have been 6 years old) and thinking to myself, “man, that’s a really good point”. Like most Jamaicans, I had a built-in propensity to reject certain colonial teachings, and Christopher Columbus’ story never quite added up.
If you really think about for it yourself, Burning Spear got it right, Christopher Columbus is a damn blasted liar. This track speaks volumes to the Rastafarian messages he conveyed and provides good insight as to what his other tracks speak of. Fulljoy this Rasta Monday and give thanks for truth, life, and knowledge. Bless Up!