Ty Ajani born – Tyrone Carlisle Griffith 17th Jan – on the southern Caribbean island of Barbados. He was educated there at St. Matthias Boys’ primary school, at secondary school called The Modern High and the Barbados Community College. At college he received a diploma in Food & Beverage Management. Before moving to Switzerland he worked in Barbados as a sales clerk. He is the holder of an offset-printer diploma of which he gained in the German-speaking canton Berne, Switzerland. He still lives there with his family. He is a quadriplegic since Aug – 2003, the result of an automobile accident.
In secondary school I discovered the teachings of Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie 1. The man whom Nelson Mandela had credited for unearthing the roots which had made him a human being. Salassie’s ideology remains today a precious, realistic concept of I and I manifested in the essential unity of all humanity. The opportunity to debate Caribbean history at our bistro on the Hastings-Rockley waterfront was an integral part of my further education. I called it the red centrepoint, as I had always fiddled in the ideological spirit of the revolutionary. Music at its essence gives us memories… First and foremost I am a Roots and Soca redeemer; but in an evolving world of life and mind I feel other genres of music. Blues, Jazz, hip-hop soft-rock.Through the strains you can keep track of much unjustified suffering and unnecessary social misery in the world. The music broadens the scope of human dignity and defend social integrity. The Roots movement is compatible with true democracy and liberalism. It opposes any totalitarian system and carries the basic values of truth justice and love. Values of the divine beauty within us all. To think of the importance of righteousness solidarity... there are many words that spring to mind: Truth, consciousness, dignity, accepting, solving, humanity, empathy, life, freedom, faith, progress, understanding, unconditional love. Violence and war goes against the truth of our faith and humanity. They destroy all dignity and conscience... we are fragile. Time after time the words ring out for our leaders to promote the policies which look to – The condemnation of racism, the protection of minors, the provision of aid to refugees and the mobilization of international solidarity towards all the poor and needy – Nothing other than applications of the principle. Since the good of peace is closely linked to the development of all peoples they must surely know that to fail these principles is to deny justice-and without justice there can be no peace... Man has subdued and conquered – nothing can bring peace and harmony but the triumph of love principles and the rule of inter-national morality.In the modern world, no nation can hope to bring to its people the standard of living and material prosperity it seeks for them unless its total resources are enlisted in the struggle. Surely the Caribbean’s most valuable resources are her people and the intelligence, energy, devotion and ambition they constitute and represent. It is to them that we must look for the attainment of the goals.
According to the Great Law, peace is arrived at through the exercise of Righteousness, Reason, and Power. You have the power to make peace with your fellow man/enemy only if you acknowledge that he is human. To acknowledge that they are rational beings who want to live and who want their children to live. If you think they are not human you will have destroyed your own power to communicate with the very people you must communicate with if you are going to bring about peace and harmony. To bring this into contemporary thinking, if you say, 'We don't negotiate with terrorists,' you have taken away your own power. But to negotiate with them, you have to acknowledge that they're human. Acknowledging that they are human means acknowledging that they have failings, but you don't concentrate on the failings. You concentrate on their humanity, the basic call to consciousness, peace and love.
To read creates a positive environment among all classes. In it you will lively up yourself and raise the spirit to a wholesome outlook on life. The healthy food we eat is digested to produce a fit body. Likewise digestion in the mind through reading brings out an imagination of opportunities to go forward and fulfill. The world opens up and introduces a perspective to function in many a society on our planet. To read is to debate to share and to discuss an infinite subject by which we take away negativity from the positive experience. I think it is a strong form of freedom of speech that raises ideas and awareness. Whether in scorn or praise the narrative can bring enrichment to a life drawing away anxiety and stress. In regards to the negative influences in society more reading should be encourage towards expressing inner confidence and interrelations. We should be allowed to digest ridicule and irony with humor because sometimes it’s the only way we can connect as human beings. It’s fair for people to look at other cultures and express themselves at the same time. Things that are found ‘under the carpet’ can be brought out and be seen and discussed without fear of being repress. The mental process of reading can drive away the distressing thoughts and impulses of our consciousness. The act of not allowing our memory, desire or feelings to be express is the beginning to the denial of the basic human rights inherent in everyone.
I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals. Don't be in a hurry to condemn because one doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today. I believe in the brotherhood of all men, but I don't believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn't want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two-way street.
We've seen the man at the liquor store beggin' for your change
The hair on his face is dirty, dreadlocked, and full of mange
He asks a man for what he could spare, with shame in his eyes
'Get a job you slob,' is all he replies
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes; Cause then you really might know what it's like to sing the blues.'
You may not know the hardships people don't speak of. But now, we should be all united in the emotional struggles with poverty, colorlines, vanity, homophobia, and the future of our planet. Right now more than ever we must seek these moments of love and happiness and forgiveness.
The Majestic Yoruba art aims to inspire a deeper understanding of culture and its influence on contemporary society. This art and culture thereby give insight into a common human heritage. We use the arts to build bridges between people and imagine new relationships. Ori-Olokun sculpture sits at the entrance of the ancestral city of Ile Ife. The ancient city is home to beautifully preserved artworks in bronze and terracotta.
The decency of human rights should not be compromised. It’s the struggle which makes you sharp. We are calling you. With all our goals our very soul. We’re not falling through. The trust in our faith, the tears and our ways is drowning so. We cannot always show it, but don't doubt our love... As an activist I am advocating; The Power of Love, This is what Matters! - empty battlefields, empty prisons, literacy - never destruction. To be righteous is to love and forgive, but always remember that oppression is crime.... I'm a Culturalist. Deep down culture is Spirituality which brings you harmony. The process to write means to ask questions in a positive voice. Relevant questions which calls to our protection and environment.
''The struggle for peace is not something unexpected. Of course, you have all the ridicules and hurdles you have to get over in making a community change or positive change, but the most hardest thing in intervention is politics, however, with open communication, anything is possible. Can we honestly ask someone else to fix this for us? Go back and holla’—Let the kids go to the market; let them go to school. Can we leave something that we don’t touch indirectly that’s [causing] death to our people? You don’t have to kill each other to protect your neighbourhood…we have the power of thought over these youngsters. They do as we’ve done; now, if we redo this, then that’s what they’ll be doing across this country. You and I must unite and get under some divine leadership, because without God, we don’t have anything. He also admonished the clergy to be careful of condemning gang members to hell, stating, Make your hood fall in love with you…become protectors of your hood. I’m praying along with the rest of us that not another one of our Brothers die at the hands of a Brother, and that we stand together in this last hour and we declare Unity. By all means necessary.'' Deeper Soul.
ISLANDS OF THE FLYING FISH & SUN
It Was Written: D. Marley/ Capleton
'And it was written Up in the book of life
That man shall Endure forever more
Well did you know the pen is stronger than the knife
They can kill you once but they can't kill you twice
Did you know destruction of the flesh is not di ending to life
Fear not of the anti-Christ'. TOGETHER WE GO FURTHER. EXTENDING HOPE AND BLESSINGS TO THE DROUGHT AFFECTED.
In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. My code of life is very simple. My code of life is kindness. Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Um eine positive Aktion müssen wir entwickeln hier eine positive Vision. Glück ist nicht etwas fertig gemacht. Es kommt aus ihren eigenen Aktionen. Meine Lebensstil ist sehr einfach. Meine Lebensstil ist Güte. Die Art wann immer möglich. Es ist immer möglich.
Islands of the Flying fish & Sun.
When considering a trip to the Caribbean, ignore the smooth white sand beaches and warm turquoise water. Forget about the massive coral reefs that provide stellar snorkeling and scuba diving. And don't even think about the perfect weather or the sumptuous food...So Unique-- and like a home away from home, so relax.... WITH EVERY RAINFALL COMES ANOTHER LIFE, AND MUCH OF THE STRUGGLES FLOW AWAY. AJANI.RAIN