February 14, 2009
Uptown daggering must go, too, prophet says
By Donna Hussey-Whyte
Self-proclaimed, placard-bearing prophet, Tychicus, who went on an islandwide crusade proclaiming the evils of daggering, is today rejoicing that his effort was not in vain. The praising the Broadcasting Commission for following his lead and banning all songs that use the words daggering.
“Daggering gone, carnival must go too,” Tychicus told Chat! Yesterday. “Everything is now falling into line — just like Barack. It is now the dispensation of time,” he said.
“I am glad to see what the Broadcasting Commission has done, but it makes no sense they leave it there. You have two romping shops — one uptown and one downtown. It makes no sense you remove downtown and leave uptown. So they need to ban carnival also. Junior Reid prophecy come true, that ‘babylon release the chain but using their brain’.”
This, he explained is evident, as authorities have seen it fit to ban daggering which originated in the ghetto but saw nothing wrong with carnival which is for the ‘uptowners’. Nor do they see anything wrong with songs like ‘bend over, bend over’ and other calypso tunes which carry similar messages and has the same impact as daggering.
Tychicus said not only is he on a mission to rid the nation of carnival now, but to also introduce to persons good clean dance moves.
“I want to introduce to Jamaica face-to-face dancing, not backways. God is a God who always moves forward not backwards, so even in that, you know that something is wrong.” This, he said as he pulled out another placard bearing the words, ‘Learn to dance, Tychicus taking clean dancing to the world’.
He has three dances which he wishes the nation to move to.
• ‘Customer care’ — “In this dance you are taking care of your partner. You are not dancing with her in vengeance as men do when they are daggering. It’s a dance where you face your partner and look out for her.”
• ‘Front liner’ — This dance he explained is the opposite of ‘back it up’, where you are directly facing your partner, looking in each others face and dancing together.
• ‘Ten speed blender’ — “You rotate your body like a blender and not the hard slams of daggering,” Tychicus said. “I want people to know that they can dance and have fun without doing the evil dances.”
This one he said, he planned on entering into the 2009 JCDC festival.
While displaying his moves, Tychicus said he never went to school to learn how to dance but was taught by the Almighty himself.
“He has taught me to dance to positive songs. The Christian fraternity criticises me a lot for going into the dancehall, but what is inside of you is what will come out. If you are holy, then holiness will come out in your dancing, and if you are filthy, filthiness will come out. The bible said let the wheat and tares grow together until the day of harvest. I go into the dancehall to change the way people dance.”
And he said, people are changing.
“The younger people are gravitating towards what I am doing and the new dance. But the older folks put up a resistance. What I am doing is different from what they are used to and so people are moving towards it,” he said.