Blacker bun out “Chaka Chaka” Jamaicans
Blacker, who won the love of females for his ‘Bun Him’ collaboration with Macka Diamond, has curved his attention to what could become another one of his big hits. The Portmore black star’s newest project is, ‘TikTok Chaka Chaka,’ a song that features Fully Bright deejay/dancer Anna Thickas. It is produced by Outfytt Records/I.W.A.A.D Music LLC.
Chaka Chaka, an adjective, is a Jamaican slang meaning, untidy, disorganized, and of poor standard. TikTok, an app created by the Chinese, is a format for creating, sharing, and discovering short videos.
The app is used by young people as an outlet to express themselves through singing, dancing, comedy, and lip-syncing, and allows users to create videos and shows. However, it can be harmful to children who are open to negative reactions and harsh comments.
Blacker has been using TikTok, even as he prepares for a backlash, to tease up traction for the song, to be released in a matter of weeks.
The Portmore artiste and host of the popular weekly, Blacker Top 20 Music Video Countdown Chart, is blasting, especially, parents who are flooding TikTok with Chaka Chaka highlights, including immorality, the glorification of violence, and disrespecting others. This, he feels, paints a chaka chaka picture of Jamaica.
Citing a few examples, Blacker points out that “we use our young children without thinking about the repercussions. Is this how we want outsiders to see us when we are crying for peace and unity.”
“The idea of the song came about after I went on TikTok and discovered a girl posting a most outrageous posting. I immediately posted my disappointment. But instead of feeling ashamed, she went on TikTok to say how much she loves nastiness which she can stomach.”
“I was so ashamed to know this was her feeling, having recalled that over the years we have been using TikTok to promote the worst side of Jamaica. These include a gruesome scene of crimes; immorality with little girls dancing to the most raunchy songs, and even aspect of nakedness.”
0ne of our most celebrated icons, The Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley (Miss Lou), used Chaka Chaka to describe disorderly conduct including dress and language. “Miss Lou did all this to preserve our culture, but we are using TikTok to promote the ugly and dull side of Jamaica.”
Shaka Pow , The Outfytt Boss, one of the producers, states that the riddim is a remake of the ‘Young Gal Business’ done by King Jammy’s in the nineties. “It captures the true essence of dancehall and has features of reggaeton and Afrobeat, all wrapped up in one.”
Blacker, born Donovan Blackwood, grew up in Western Kingston and attended Kingston College, one of the best traditional high schools in the Caribbean. There he began to perform at May fairs, the school’s annual concert. His earthy lyrics and humorous slang earned him much respect from adults and his peers.
“I can safely say Rory from Stone Love sound system gave me that break to do dub-plates and by the 1990s everyone knew Blacker.”
He became media-friendly and was a favourite among children. “I began to do shows abroad while sustaining my popularity at home with by own show, Blacker Top 20 chart on JACS cable television.”
After a short low profile, Blacker made a resounding comeback with ‘Bun Him,’ a collaboration with Macka Diamond.
“I became everything sweet for the girls. And, even after twelve years, the song is very fresh wherever it is played. Blacker also hosts his own Blacker Top 20 charts. This can be seen on Flow channel 100, Saturdays from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight with repeats on two days – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
(Photo contributed by Blacker)
Macka Diamond feat. Blacker – Bun Him