Sunday, January 11, 2009

Soldering that is what young women want

That’s a strange statement to make seeing as the act of soldering is “a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal into the joint, the filler metal having a relatively low melting point. Soft soldering is characterized by the melting point of the filler metal, which is below 400 °C (800 °F).”

Its crazy how much of our culture is either ignored or forgotten, how much we over look. I was informed that long ago soldering men use to walk the villages calling “Solder Man! Solder Man!”. Persons would then take their tins that need mending out to the soldering man, pots, mugs, chamber pots etc. In essence a Soldering man was the man who fixes problems by plugging holes.

Now fast forward to the 1970’s to Stanley Beckford allegedly the only reggae singer to move to mento and not the other way around. For those who don’t know, Mento is the form of music which predates Ska, who begat rocksteady, parent of reggae who had a badass child called Dancehall. Mento is fusion of both European and tradional African forms music. Arguably the most important aspect of Mento is its subject matter which among other things is its thinly-veiled sexual references and innuendos. It is said that the treatment of sex in Mento is comparatively innocent, and I’d say it just depends on who you ask. The appearance of these innuendos has sometimes been seen as a precursor of the slackness found in modern dancehall.
Anyway back to Stanley, who did a song called what else? Soldering, but no self-respecting patois using Jamaican would say Soldering so it’s “Sardarin’”. For those who are unfamiliar with said song it went something like this:
Soldering a what de young gal want, soldering
Soldering a what de young gal want, soldering
She said she don't want no young man
Cause young man drink too much white rum
She said she don't want no soul man
Cause soul man fast asleep in bed
She said she don't want no dreadlock
Cause dreadlock smoke too much kylie

I keep hearing people say the good ole days this, and the good ole days that, and in my time they never. But really, isn’t Soldering the infantile version of Daggrin? Compare Braga Dat's, Dagga dat to Soldering, how diffrent are they really?

Touch de dance and a fuck tune a play
Tasheka touch Kim right away
See Braga deh a dagga som’ side a Fay
See Braga deh a dagga som’ side a Fay
A which gal a ask if a Braga dat
Come ova yasso an mek mi dagga dat
A which gal a ask if a Barga dat a mus de one inna de white no a de one inna de black
Flick the pussy pon mi cocky like a dollar coin
Cent five-cent gimmi di dollar wine
Mi fuck de gal she tell har man she nuh want another wine

Granted I didn’t post the radio edited version of the Braga Dat song so I am sure it’s more colourful but I really don’t believe much in editing some things. Now ignore the “coarseness ” the language used. How more different is Braga Dat and Stanly? Wasn’t Soldering as much frowned on when it was popular music then as Daggrin now? And isn’t music all just a big subjective matter of taste, so why is it important to present one form as more valuable because it’s vintage. In reality in the next thirty years Braga Dat will be the new vintage.



  1. Welcome to Blogistan girl. couldn't agree with you more. what is all this big fuss about daggerin for? i was planning to mention it in my blog too.

    intrigued by the title the phoenix in a gas house...

  2. yeah definitely agree - tunes are more explicit now but the subject matter/content is often more or less the same.

    didn't max romeo have a 1970s album that was full of slackness like wet dream etc?

    and then there's all those ska/early reggae tunes where they'll lead you to expect a line to end a certain way but leave the badword unsaid...