Jamaica

Thibault Ehrengardt: Gangs of Jamaica

Thibault Ehrengardt: Gangs of Jamaica

"Out in the street, they call it murder ... ” Damian Marley's opening words from 2005 album, Welcome to Jamrockecho the violence in Jamaica’s capital city. The album’s subject links Damian's generation to his father Bob's with a blood-red through-line of bodies dropping in Kingston's poorest regions, and the gangs who rule there. 31 years earlier, in his song “Natty Dread,” Bob talks of a block-by-block stroll up to the Seventh Street border between Wilton Gardens (or "Rema") and Arnette Gardens (or "Concrete Jungle"), the front line of a politically-charged gang war. Today, American and European tourists rarely walk those neighborhoods—preferring Kington's more-manicured paths, and the pristine beaches of Montego Bay, to the swaths of Jamaica that exist as a Third-World nation. 

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