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Pauline’s Black History Month article & exclusive song download

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Black History for me is about celebrating the achievements of the “Black Race” all we have accomplished and all we have come through from the dark days of Slavery and oppression. As a fellow Jamaican, and Musician, Black History give me the opportunity to reflect on the roles Jamaican have played in the uprising against Slavery and how music was used as a form as escapism help to alleviate the reality of suffering which we later came to identify as “The Blues”.

One of the most influential political figure in the fight against slavery was Marcus Garvey by all accounts a small man with big dreams. A Jamaican political leader and founder of the Black Star Line ship, which promoted the return of Africans to their ancestral lands. Marcus Garvey was also a staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, founder the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).

“Long before we were even conscious of our own Degradation, Marcus Garvey fought for our national and rational quality”. This is a quote from the first president of Ghana Mr Kwame Nkrumah. Marcus Garvey’s philosophies and opinions were so far reaching that the Ghanaian flag was later adapted in memory of the Black Star line Ship and all it stood for.

Dr Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Bob Marley all took inspiration for Marcus Garvey’s movements and philosophes. Bob Marley for instance, another famous Jamaican Musician and philosopher quoted parts of Marcus Garvey’s speech in his well-known “Redemption Song ‘ when Bob Marley sings:

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our mind…” is taken for Marcus Garvey speaking in Menelik Hall Sydney, Nova Scotia 1937.

The Maroons too are a proud part of my Jamaican History, in the run up to freedom. When runaway slaves banded together and subsisted independently they were called Maroons. The Maroon communities faced great odds to survive against white attackers, in addition, the challenge to obtain food for subsistence living, and to reproduce and increase their numbers. As the planters took over more land for crops, the Maroons began to vanish on the small Islands. Only on some of the larger islands like Jamaica were organized Maroon communities able to thrive by growing crops and hunting. The Maroons gained in power and amid increasing hostilities, they raided and pillaged plantations and harassed planters until the planters began to fear a massive slave revolt. Maroon communities emerged in many places in the Caribbean but none were seen as such a great threat to the British as the Jamaican Maroons.

Jamaicans are known for being very proud and fearless. As we are in the throes of the London fashion week another famous Jamaican warrior Queen comes to mind, musician and fashion Icon – Grace Jones and Supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Finally, when I think of Black History Month, I think of Music. Music is my passion. I too have moments of doubt and fear, but compared to the pain and anguish my ancestors endured they pales in caparison. As I contemplated Black History Month and recited the Psalm, I asked myself. ‘What songs did the slaves sing to sooth their broken hearts, their shattered dreams, their ripped apart families, when there seemed no hope or justice in the world and even perhaps that God had forsaken them’? More importantly what song would I sing, so I started to sing as if I had been there in slavery? Just like that 23rd Psalm took on a new meaning in song. I decided to record it with a piano rendition by Le’Voy Wilson. I hope you find it as calming as I do. The song is also dedicated to all the Brave Soldiers, Activist and People who really put their lives and Families on the line, and to my all-time hero Rosa Parks, the lone Voice in the crowd. All Rights Reserved DIV LTD © Copyright 2015


Pauline Henry I Got The Feeling

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A slice of superb Soulful House with a big vocal from the legendary Pauline Henry, ‘I Got The Feeling Right’ is the brand new single from Pauline Henry that has been given an uplifting dance mix by producer Frankstar.

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Pauline Henry Sunshine (Happiness) Remix Collection 1‘Sunshine (Happiness)’ Remix Collection 1 Deluxe CD, signed with a personal message is available to buy here.

“Finally I feel like I broke through the clouds.” 

This is how Pauline Henry describes feelings about her single ‘Sunshine (Happiness)’, released June 2014. Bringing an uplifting gospel influence that is in Pauline Henry’s blood, “Going back to my roots” as she would say.
Sunshine (Happiness)’ was originally written as a classical soul ballad, but in 2013 Pauline Henry teamed up with a new producer Le’Voy Wilson who heard ‘Sunshine (Happiness)’ in a way that no one else did, “Immediately he took the song in a completely new direction by raising the tempo, added a gospel choir (which he himself is a part of)”. Le’Voy teamed up with Pauline to recreate ‘Sunshine (Happiness)’ as a gospel song that can be embraced in the commercial world.
The energy of the song has inspired a collection of remixes, each capturing and elevating unique dimensions of ‘Sunshine (Happiness)’. And to celebrate the special energy of this song, ‘Sunshine (Happiness)’ is now available to buy here, with a Deluxe CD edition personally signed and messaged by Pauline Henry.


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