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West Indies Move Up

Move up

Jamaica now is on the move

All are getting in the grove

Out of many we are one

That’s our motto all along

So Move up now

Jamaica move up

The 1967 Festival Song Competition is said to be the most competitive since the annual competition was first held in Jamaica in 1966.

The entries that year were of such high standard that the panel of five judges sought it fit to select six finalists instead of the usual five.

The six finalists among the seventeen entrants for the year included:

The Maytals with the song titled “I’m a Big Man.”

Derrick Harriot with the song called “Happy Times.”

The Jamicans, led by Tommy Cowan, with the song “It’s Ba-Ba-Boom Time.”

Al and the Vibrators, a budding group at the time, with the song titled, “Move Up.”

Desmond Dekker and the Aces with the song dubbed, “Unity.”

Eric ‘Monty’ Morris with the titled song “Festival Time.”COLUMN

Some of the entrants who were considered to be the best among Jamaica’s artists at the time, but were unable to make it to the final included but not limited to singers such as the Paragons, Alton Ellis, Ossie and the Upsetters, Joseph Higgs, and The Clarendonians.

In the grand finale, The Jamaicans prevailed and won the competition with their song, “Ba-Ba-Boom Time,” a song the artist reportedly said was inspired by the people of Haiti.

The second place went to Desmond Dekker and the Aces whose song, “Unity,” was extremely popular and was heavily rotated on air by both local radio stations.

However, the third place winner, Al and the Vibrators’ song titled, “Move Up” received wide acclaim not only because of its lyrics, but also its Caribbean rhythm.

The song captured the spirit of hope, confidence, and optimism of Jamaicans and more so as the country had gained independence five years earlier.

Now, after the shellacking of the West Indies cricket team by Ireland in their first encounter in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup tournament currently on in New Zealand and Australia, the West Indies have come roaring back by mauling Pakistan in their second match of the tournament.

Certainly, after that W.I. demoralizing defeat and the bounce back win, the rallying cry should now be “ West Indies move up.”

The fact is a second consecutive defeat for the West Indies would have been fatal and a shallow grave would have been dug for both players and administrators by fans and pundits alike.

Amidst the recent aborted tour of India and other shenanigans by the WICB, the team has tested the patience of cricket fans time and again, so the win against Pakistan was just what the doctor ordered.

Although, still on life support in the view of some cricket enthusiasts, new captain Jason Holder must be breathing a sigh of relief.

After all, had the Pakistani team been more tactful, clinical, and not so hapless in their performance, today, West Indies may very well be singing a different sankey.

How does a team as in the case of Pakistan let off six leading batsmen of an opposing team by dropping six catches in a top class cricket event boggles the mind.

Given that type of luck, the West Indies proved unstoppable and the batting of their all rounder, Andre Russell, tells the whole story. When he walked to the crease, there were only 2.5 overs remaining and by the time the West Indies inning ended he had made 42 not out off 13 balls, thus helping to push the total score of the WI to 310 for six wickets.

On the other hand, Pakistan was woeful in their turn at the wicket and their batting may be best described as lack luster, inept, and listless. They had no answer to an inspiring fast bowling spell led by both Jerome Taylor and Andre Russell.

In the end, Pakistan suffered a humiliating defeat, losing the match by 150 runs.

At the post match conference, the Pakistan’s Captain Misbah is quoted in the press as having said,  “We just lost in all three departments.”

“We couldn’t bowl well, there were a lot of dropped catches, and the batting totally flopped. At the end of the day, you have to perform as a batsman, bowler and fielder. As a team, as players, we need to pick ourselves up and we need to perform,” he added.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

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