Genna 1: Loyal to Music – Part Two
Grandpa talks about Germany and more.
“My grandfather is from Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany; a country in Central Europe. It is the second most populous country in Europe after Russia and the most populous state of the European Union”.
Politically, one cannot mention Germany without Adolf Hitler an Austria-born German politician who was dictator of Germany from 1933 until his suicide in 1945. He rose to power as the leader of the Nazi party becoming the Chancellor in 1933. But how did Genna 1, born Dwight Muirhead, became so closely associated with the German citizen, his grandfather?
According to Genna 1, “Grandpa fell in love with a Jamaican woman and migrated to Jamaica. This woman, now my grandmother, was a great cook and obviously, my grandfather was in love with her.”
“When Grandpa came to Jamaica he used to deliver goods to the house where she was working. She was also attractive so grandpa could not resist her. She got pregnant and had a son who became my father, hence the story of my German bloodline”.
Genna 1 says he looks almost one hundred percent like his father and grandfather, except for the colour of his skin which he took from his mother.
“Grandpa was tall, heavily built, straight face, pointed nose, and curly hair. He was a very jovial person.”
For, perhaps obvious reasons, Genna 1 cannot recall his grandfather ever giving him frightening tales about Germany.
“Grandpa told me Germany was a beautiful country and how they got many Jamaican artiste coming there to perform in Germany.”
“My grandpa fell in love with reggae music. The artistes he listened to mostly included Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Dennis Brown.”
“Grandpa was a wise old man. He would be sitting on his verandah reading his newspaper and whenever I visited him he always had something to offer. This would be advice, money, and a candy or two.
“My mother then was living in St. Elizabeth and she would put me on a bus to visit him”.
Be sure to read part three, only on the Reggae-Vibes site.
(Photo courtesy of Genna 1)