Yeshie Renee: A star on the horizon Pt 4

by Mar 18, 2023News

Yeshie Renee series 4

Yeshie Renee: First year in London

Fourth of a seven-part series.

“London was so cold when I got there at the start of the year and it continued to be cold for several months.”

“I was out of school for some time, and I didn’t have any friends. But, as soon as I started school, the kids were fascinated by me. It was not how I looked or dressed, but the language I spoke. They would run after me begging me to talk the Jamaican patois.”

It seemed then that my Jamaican dialect wasn’t the language they were used to hearing. Their favourite slang was ‘wah gwaan.’ That same slang former US president Barak Obama used to capture
the attention of the Jamaican people when he visited that country.”

“The school in which I was enrolled was called Islington Arts and Media. This was just what I had wanted because it had a studio where I could go and practice my dancing and singing, which was my first love.”

“The uniform I wore in London was of the colours black and white. We had the option to wear a black skirt or black pants, along with a white blouse.”

Yeshie Renee in Central London

“At school, I met a group of students who were pretty interested in music, so we formed a group and began to move around and perform in places like Central Park. We also did one of the biggest shows at Finsbury Park.”

“Central London is where one would find the home of the royal family. But I have never seen them, only the security surrounding Buckingham Palace. They wear red suits and long black hats.”

Yeshie was certainly fascinated by the large skyscrapers and she often wondered about the magic in their making. Yeshie was to have a Jamaican friend as the year progressed.

“I was so happy when I found out she was from Jamaica. We actually spoke the same way and students loved us for the better. Then, there was another Jamaican who started the same school and she took over as my best, best friend.”

One of Yeshie’s hobbies was going to the theatre in Central London.

“My brother was the one who took me there. I remember one occasion I got the opportunity to watch a FAME musical. This was like the Jamaican pantomime with singing, dancing, and acting. I enjoyed every second of it.”

So, what was Easter like for Yeshie?

“We certainly did not have our traditional bun and cheese and fried fish as we do in Jamaica. It was instead Easter Eggs. These were eggs all made from chocolate. We had to go out and buy them, one costing about five pounds which is almost a thousand Jamaican dollars. There is also a game where children go hunting for the eggs.”

Be sure to read: Yeshie’s thoughts about Women In Music.

(Photos courtesy of Yeshie Renee)