My wife went to Nashville for her Bachelorette party. She went back 7 months later for her friend’s bachelorette party. I was just invited to a 32nd birthday party/bachelor party in Nashville. I started thinking, what the heck is going on? What’s the hype all about? Nashville can’t be that much fun.
Here was my experience. I went to Nashville and was expecting to see a couple of good rock bands and some overpriced cowboy boots along with drunk girls. Guess who arrived and got proven to be a genius, THIS GUY!
We went downtown to listen to some of the band’s play. The street was completely littered with bars and drunk girls. It sounded like a calamity outside because all of the music from every bar reigns out onto the street. We ended up venturing into Kid Rocks honky tonk. I’ll tell you what, it was cool. There were so many spilled drinks on the floor, I had to find out who was responsible for it all. It turns out an epoxy floor coating company in Nashville does all of the restaurants in the area so they are slip resistant to drunk girls at bachelorette parties.
Next, I went into a cowboy boot store and got to gaze upon $2,500 cowboy boots. Woowwiiie. They weren’t anything special.
End of story. Nashville was cool and definitely has some good rock. It was a little bit too much for me and I don’t think I’ll be going back anytime soon. Although, I do see why it’s a good destination for a weekend Hurah.
Balcombe Drive is located in the community of Waterhouse, Western St. Andrew, Kingston 11, Jamaica. Historically, this section of urban Kingston has been a mecca for reggae music and a strong cultural base for the Rastafarian movement. See (Who’s who)). However, in recent times, increased gun violence has affected all aspects of life in this once striving community, read more about gun violence prevention at https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/30/politics/gun-violence-prevention-bill-safe-firearm-storage/index.html. The situation facing residents is further compounded by changes in the Jamaican economy, growth in inequality etc. which has imposed additional difficulties, eroding person-hood and social infrastructure. As a result, between 1990 and 1998, the homicide rate in Waterhouse (estimated population 50,000 ) averaged 5 per year. For a good discussion of poverty and violence in urban Jamaica, see World Bank report,1996, of the same name.
Our goal is to establish a fully equipped state-of-the-art community-based computer lab. By so doing, we aim to train residents, 15 to 29 years, in IT skills, network administrator, data entry, and repairs for free or at a low cost. Graduates will be bonded for a period of service of no more than three years. A fulltime staff of 3 individuals will administer and operate this facility, under the guidance of a community-based Board of Directors. The Tech Center will be accessible to other residents, teachers, students, and social services organizations within the targetted area:
Balcombe Drive Primary and Junior High School,
St. Patrick’s Primary
We long your support. Already, long term partnerships have been established with the South End Technology Center @ Tent City in Boston, Massachusetts. This Tech Center is run by Mr. Mel King, a long time community activist and former head of the Community Fellows Program at MIT. The Technology Center @ Tent City will be the consultant to this project, providing technical support, training for our staff and working with us to solicit overseas support, funding and donations. Another partner is the Undergrad School in Kingston. It will train those who are recruited.
We hope to improve the socio-economic conditions of families within the Waterhouse community by increasing income and employment/self employment through backward and forward linkages within the local computer industry. Thus, we aim to improve the level of education and skill base of the community, increasing social capital, and the capacity of residents.
A (site) has been chosen at Militant Boulevard/Balcombe Drive, Kingston 11. In the 1970s this site was stated to be a community center, as part of a World Bank funded Squatters Upgrading Program in DewsLand, Balcombe Drive. Subsequent changes, in the Jamaican government and public policy, has caused the targeted building to fall in disrepair. Donation of cash, computers, software, and technical support are welcome. Please contact us for additional information.
Garth Dennis is an original member of the Trenchtown musical fraternity, the birthplace of reggae. He has work in the entertainment industry for some 30 years now. He is brother to Joan Dennis, a/k/a, “Joey” of the famed Ska duo “Andy & Joey” which was responsible for the 1960s monster hit ” You are Wondering Now.” Another of her many hits ” Dont Cry Over Me” is also featured on the CD, Wailers & Friends, (Heartbeat# 11661-7701-2).click here if you want to read more about reggae.
Garth is also related to Joe Higgs, and is father to the California-based band “Reggae Rock.”Garth Dennis, “Fowla,” as he is affectionately called by residents of Waterhouse, is an accomplished singer, song-writer, arranger and producer who has performed extensively in North America, Canada, South America, Brazil, Agentina, and across Europe, including France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Germany, Austria, Finland and England. He also performed at the 1996 Olympic Village in Atlanta, U.S.A.Garth Dennis has received numerous awards and recognition from the entertainment industry. Such as “The Diamond Award of Excellence” from the International Association of African-American Music; Four ( 4) Grammy nominations in the Reggae Music Category ( 1990,1991, 1993 and 1994) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, NARAS; Keys to the City of Boston;and, a Certificate of Merit from Washington, D.C. His proudest moment came when children from the Hopi Nation, Native Americans, in Arizona, presented him with poetry and pictures, in celebration of his music. His video ” Tip of the Iceberg” which dealth with the 1992 Los Angeles Riot and featured international Rapper Ice T, also won numerous awards from the industry. Today, he continues his mission to unite all cultures, especially the African race, through music. His favorite artists include the Wailers, Impressions, Beatles, and Joe Higgs. One Love!