Holness joined in the singing of Chronixx’s, Nah Follow Nobody, which states:
And when me alone a sing righteous song
Me nah follow nobody
Me a di only man wid pants pon waist
Me nah follow nobody
An’ when the whole Jamaica bleach dem face
Me nah follow nobody.
He then added a line of his own:
“All when I am the only politician talking the truth, me nah go change, me nah follow nobody.”
The musical interventions have, of late, formed part of Holness’s presentations as he campaigns to meet Deputy Leader Audley Shaw’s challenge for leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party.
However, prior to now, he has tried to play it safe with an array of Dennis Brown hits, mainly appealing to the 40-60 age group, with songs like Love And Hate and Hold On To What You Got.
But Sunday night he opened his address like a music selector, welcoming sup-porters with the words, “A yah so nice”. He introduced a dubplate based on Tarrus Riley’s Stay With You before identifying the one-drop, dancehall music of Chronixx (real name Jamar Rolando McNaughton), who turned 21 on October 15.
At 41, Holness is almost twice Chronixx’s age, but the JLP leader informed the crowd that they share similar backgrounds, growing up in St Catherine and attending St Catherine High School; as well as a seemingly passionate love for Jamaican culture, as expressed in Chronixx’s newest single, Smile Jamaica.
But that may just about lead to the fork in the road as far as the comparisons go, as Holness tries to hold on to political leadership and return to Jamaica House, after his previous brief stay, while Chronixx continues impres-sing music moguls, including Island Records’ Chris Blackwell, that he is the future of one-drop rebel music.
Holness told the crowd of JLP Area Council 2 delegates and supporters that the song, Nah Follow Nobody, fitted neatly into his agenda that there must be a leader for this generation, who represents its vision and hopes, and who would set the timetable for the next 50 years of independence.
“To renew the contract with our young people, to say that if you go to school and you work hard, and you get your certificate, when you graduate you must get a job,” he told the cheering crowd.
He said that the challenge to his leadership was not simply about him versus Shaw, but about whether or not Jamaicans are willing to embrace a new vision for the country.
“This challenge is about whether you want a new vision for your children. This challenge is about whether or not you will look forward with Andrew Holness, or look back to the past,” he told the crowd.
“The challenge is about whether or not Jamaicans will embrace a new style of politics. A politics that will make you better off. I stand for you and your improvement and benefit. I stand for your interest,” he said.