TWO OF A KIND: Fairclough (left) and Pam Hall.
“We are some concerned Jamaican citizens,” notes Joy Fairclough, a dedicated musicologist and a woman on a mission, who has made a point of spearheading a team (including veteran songbird Pam Hall) intent on seeing to the preservation of home-produced Jamaican music. “We are musicians who want a national effort to list our Jamaican music names and to send in all the attributes of the styles to the National Library Legal Deposit Unit, under Ms. Valerie Francis, written out as historical documentation, with written music scores, written methodologies and with lessons plans teaching the attributes of Jamaican music.”
As one can imagine, it’s no walk-in-the-park undertaking, so to get things going effectively, Fairclough (who is also a well-known music and health educator) has heeded her entrepreneurial instincts and launched her very own business dubbed JaFolk Mix, which she eagerly wants to share with the rest of Jamaica. “I want to start advertising my business and, on a national effort, advertise this new trademark name for Jamaican music called JaFolk Mix,” she tells TALLAWAH. “It has styles listed and others can add more if they copyright it and trademark their style names as Jamaicans. So other citizens of Jamaica can always add to the category names, as long as they copyright their style names or trademark the name.”
As it stands, JaFolk Mix has taken on all Jamaican folk forms and their evolving mixed derivate musical styles, even some combined with other styles of the world. They include Jamaican folk gospel music, Jamaican folk pop, Jamaican folk rock music, Jamaican contemporary folk, soca reggae, reggae-lypso, and the list goes on and on.
Per Wikipedia, the music of Jamaica includes Jamaican folk music and many popular genres, such as mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub music, dancehall, rocksteady, ska jazz, reggae fusion and related styles. “Jamaica's music culture is a fusion of elements from the United States (rhythm and blues and soul), Africa, and neighbouring Caribbean islands such asTrinidad and Tobago (calypso and soca),” the Web site notes. And this a remarkable fact that isn’t lost on Fairclough. “As Jamaican musicians, we take the work very seriously,” she explains. “And we want to see it preserved for future generations. So we have to start in earnest now.”
GET IN TOUCH: To contact Fairclough and to learn more about the work of JaFolk Mix, call 307-1902 or visit joymusicjamaica.com.jm