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Jamaican Proverbs, are as pretty as they are proud.
American culture threatens Jamaican identity, but Joan Andrea Hutchinson remains rooted in tradition. A longtime proponent of the retention of African based aspects of Jamaican culture, Hutchinson has released Jamaican Proverbs ... Pretty and Proud.
As the title suggests, the CD is a collection of sayings passed down through generations, each accompanied by amusing explanations delivered with Hutchinson's trademark wit.
Thirty-eight tracks comprise this offering from the self-described "rural-minded city girl".
Undercurrent of humour
There is also a song promoting the use of Jamaican proverbs, not only to keep the culture alive, but as a way to understand life's complexities.
Underneath it all runs an undercurrent of humour, which entertains as well as underscores the positive perspective that has brought many a Jamaican through good times and bad.
The preservation of 'things Jamaican' clearly holds high importance for Hutchinson, who has already released two books (Inna Mi Heart: Jamaican Love Poetry and Meck Mi Tell Yuh) and six recordings, all centred on Jamaican poetry and prose.
She points to the children of this country - exemplified by those in her immediate circle - as the driving force behind her commitment to keep interest in the country's culture alive.
Hutchinson has appeared in plays - several of which she has co-written - and presented on Caribbean language at internationalconferences.
She produced folklorist Louise 'Miss Lou' Bennett's last major recording.
Changing of the tongue: Yank slang takes over
Phrases on their way out
'But anybody si mi dying trial!'
'Tek the case an' gimme the pillow!'
'If a laugh, a pop up!'
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
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