What is Kinky Reggae?

Robert Nesta Marley
Bob Marley the king of reggae.

If you look up the word “kinky” in the dictionary it says: Unconventional sexual preferences or behavior, as fetishism, sadomasochism, or the like.

So kinky is probably one of the last words that comes to mind when one thinks of reggae. So exactly what is Bob Marley talking about in the song “Kinky Reggae”?

Does the word kinky takes on a new meaning when combined with reggae or were there some kinkiness going on in some reggae circles that Bob wanted no part of?

The song starts off with the following lyrics:

I went downtown
I saw Miss Brown
She had brown sugar
All over her booga-wooga
I think I might join the fun
But I had to hit and run
I just can’t settle down
In a kinky part of town

What listeners don’t know is what is meant by her “booga-wooga”. Is booga-wooga her lips, her hips, her breasts, her private? If Bob had named the actual part of Miss Brown that was covered with brown sugar, it would have been easy to figure out, just how kinky these situations were. However, the fact that the song started with him going downtown, seems to suggest that oral sex could be the kinkiness being referred to in this situation.

In the second verse of the song, Bob sings:

I went down to Piccadilly Circus
Down there I saw Marcus
He had on candy tar
All over his chocolate bar

Again, Bob Marley thought of joining in the fun, but again, he decided to just hit and run. So is the candy tar on Marcus’ chocolate bar referring to an actual chocolate bar or is it something else? It must be something else, there is nothing kinky about a chocolate bar, after all, little children eat chocolate bar everyday.

But if things are really that kinky, why did Bob “hit and run”? Why not just run? Hit and run sounds too much like “hit it and quit it”.

Is kinky reggae something like the photo of Vybz Kartel and Lisa Hyper that went viral many years ago? Or is kinky reggae something like the photos allegedly from Vybz Kartel’s phone that went public immediately after his murder trial? But that’s dancehall, that is not reggae. So it shouldn’t be kinky reggae, it should be kinky dancehall.
Reggae by nature, cannot be kinky, at least not by the dictionary’s version of kinky. If artists like Bounty Killer have their way, dancehall cannot be kinky either.

So exactly what is kinky reggae?

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  1. Great lyrics from the legend. What it really means? This is why he shouldn’t have left us so early, he had a lot to teach us.

    I have always wondered what his song “talking blues” means. Anyone here who can help.

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