July 24th, 2009

Family Dem, Y’know

Charlie shares the latest product from our-man-in-JA, Kevin Wallen, who has in recent months — with the generous support of USAID — shifted his media-rich, tech-savvy, and yet rather holistic approach to education (i.e., Students Expressing Truth) from Jamaica’s prisons to its schools — and in particular to students on the verge of expulsion. Kevin & co. (including a former student of mine at Brandeis, there now as a summer intern) have been working at Ascot High School in Portmore.

The students collaboratively produced a song and video about the program itself, and I’ve got to say it’s got a lot of flair: the vocalists are great, especially the nonchalant student who intros the track; the uniform-clad dancing is pretty suave; and you gotta love the kids holding up their OLPC swag (see 1:50) — not to mention rhyming “uno” with “unoo“! GWAAN —

No doubt dem “a go turn Ascot inna a brand new place”! I suspect they already have.


  • 1. rajah  |  July 24th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    i really like this song and the video. fun and inspiring. The beat is nice. The vocals are all great. It is real and fresh and playful. is this reality tv?!

  • 2. Dancehall.Mobi » Po&hellip  |  July 25th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    […] below which were collaboratively produced by students of Ascot High School in Portmore. Thanks to Wayne&Wax for putting us on to this one. //   var addthis_pub = ‘dancehallmobi’; var […]

  • 3. wayneandwax.com » B&hellip  |  July 27th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    […] of family and defending the truth, the Joel Tenenbaum case begins today. And it’s looking like it’s not going to be the […]


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