As COVD-19 ravages the land and the world’s population is forced into social distancing from other humans, there are still reasons to smile. The second song on the 18 Karat Reggae Gold 2020 compilation is by Fitzroy Face and it is fittingly and perfectly titled “Smile” for these trying times.
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In Smile, Fitzroy Face sing of a people stolen from their land, scattered, enslaved and brutalized in foreign lands, yet through all those turmoil they still found ways and reasons to smile. Whether it was though their Reggae Music, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Calypso, Soca or Rhythm and Blues, these people found ways to forget their troubles and dance.
“Still through all of this turmoil / Running like a child free as the river Nile / Even though we have been so vile / Every now and then here is a chance to smile / so won’t you smile, even for a while.”
If being kidnapped and packed on ships like sardines, bodies fed to sharks in the mid passages, enslaved in a strange land, lynched by Christians after Sunday service, little girls burn to death in churches, little buys brutally murdered after false accusations and yet these people can smile then what is COVID-19.
So if this new strain of coronavirus is getting you down and make you feel like crying, just grab the 18 Karat Reggae Gold 2020 album and listen to Smile by Fitzroy Face. As you listen to the lyrics, it will put things in perspective and you will find yourself smiling.
Listen to Smile by Fitzroy Face below.
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So get yourself a copy of the 18 Karat Reggae Gold 2020 album and make a cup of tea consisting of ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, line, honey and you will be just fine. Smile.