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Thursday 10 January 2013


Over the last few days I have become a bit obsessed with "Dumplin' Shop", so I thought if I infected you as well I might get it out of my system.

My sister-in-law Pam reckons that, this being Lovindeer, the real meaning of the song is probably rather rude. I really don't see it myself - it seems to me he just has a healthy appetite that Mama Tia is kindly offering to sate. I am worried Pam may have a one track mind. She made exactly the same claim when the Mighty Sparrow sang about his large plantain that filled up some lady's pot and when Dr Kitchener recounted the tale of the young woman who was aghast at the size of his needle.

I have added a few more songs about different aspects of the Jamaican dining experience. The Perfect track is arguably a bit of a stretch but (i) I am currently a bit obsessed with that one as well, and (ii) without the likes of the hand cart boy where would you get your peppers, your ripe bananas and your peanuts?

"Dumplin' Shop" - Lovindeer & Mama Tia

"Sunday Dish" - Early B

"Fishes To Fry" - Culture

"Breakfast In Bed" - Lorna Bennett

"Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" - Black Uhuru

"Hand Cart Bwoy" - Perfect

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