Reggae singer Blvk H3ro has taken to the studio to voice a song aimed fully at Minister of National Security Dr. Horace Chang.
The track which is set to be released on Thursday, is titled Better Than That and comes on the heels of the politician’s recent utterances in which he disregarded the existence of Maroon lands.
Last week Blvk H3ro and Buju Banton, had made a mockery of Chang, after learning that he had declared in a radio interview on Nationwide News Network, that to his knowledge, “there is no such thing as Maroon lands”.
Chang had made his pronouncements in the interview following an altercation which erupted between plain clothes policemen and Accompong Town Maroon Chief Richard Currie in Bethsalem district in St. Elizabeth, a property which Currie insists forms a part of Maroon ancestral lands.
Shortly after Chang made his statements, Currie had made a video post which he shared on IG, rebuking the Deputy Prime Minister and expressing dismay at his lack of knowledge of history.
Blvk H3ro, in responding to Currie’s post, had also questioned Dr. Chang’ knowledge of Jamaican history and brought up a comical situation which took place in June, when the Minister was caught sleeping during a sitting of the House of Representatives, in which Prime Minister Andrew Holness was discussing the easing of restrictions associated with curtailing the spread of COVID-19.
“This man skull every history classs, this man barely can stay awake in parliament much less stay in the class
On Tuesday, Blvk H3ro shared two clips of his new song aimed at teaching the former University of the West Indies Guild President, a lesson in Jamaican history, and noted on both his Instagram and Twitter accounts, that the song will be released on Thursday.
“Di people want betta dan dat/Hey, dem just a sleep inna di Parliament, dem miss di history class when di treaty did a pass…,” he sang.
The artiste also went to Accompong Town to shoot the accompanying music video, based on some of the other images he shared. In one video clip, he is shown with a throng of Maroons in the background with their bodies adorned with leaves, while he sings the hook “do better than that”.
On Twitter, he noted that he had already been getting dub plate requests.
“Song not even drop yet and dub a request, that is it,” he wrote.
On the day of the showdown between the police and Currie, the chief had posted a video of himself with a shotgun across his back, intercepting men dressed in civilian clothing who were carrying rifles along a dirt track and instructing them to leave.
In hi admonition of Chang, Currie had described his utterances as insensitive and thoughtless.
“The Maroons of Cockpit Country were profoundly disappointed to learn of the careless utterances of the Minister of National Security to the Government of Jamaica, and the remarks that he was “unaware of Maroons owning any land” on Cliff Hugh’s programme on Nationwide @nationwide90fm,” the chief noted.
“Minister Chang did not deny that the armed men who trespassed in the indigenous territory were police-men, and went as far as to agree with the actions of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in their trespass and military occupation of indigenous territory,” he added.
The Chief also said that the Minister’s statement had the potential to cause acrimony between the Maroons and the Constabulary, as they were dangerous and could cause misunderstandings between members of both groups.
The Munro College old boy also said that an immediate open line of diplomatic communication was needed to rectify any misunderstandings about Maroon history, culture and territory.
Currie who was voted Maroon chief in February this year, had outlined that among his plans for Accompong, are the creation of a smart city and the defence of the Cockpit country from encroachers who want to prospect and mine the area for bauxite and there.
He had also sworn to preserve the freedoms wrested by his Maroon ancestors in the 1738 peace treaty inked with the British more than 280 years ago.