WHEN DWIGHT Pinkney strapped on his guitar to deliver selections from his fourth and most recent album, Home Grown Jamaican, on Friday evening, he showed an extra-musical characteristic that had been spoken about previously.

Framed by two female harmony singers behind and above him on the stage at the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA) headquarters in New Kingston, Pinkney stood close to the audience, played Book of Rules and smiled contentedly, Keith Francis holding down a steady bass.

The guitarists general good nature had been mentioned several times before that evening, on a programme hosted by Patrick LaFayette of KOOL FM, as Home Grown Jamaican ­ and Pinkney himself ­ got the blessings of the music fraternity. Of the albums 21 songs, six are Pinkneys originals, including Heart Massage, One Thing on My Mind and Bingy Reggae, with Puppet on a String,Waiting In Vain, Rivers of Babylon, My Jamaican Girl and Dance With My Father among the other 15.

In introducing Pinkney, Frankie Campbell of the Fab Five Band mentioned his previous projects, including Jamaican Memories By The Score and More Jamaican Memories, and said these albums will never get stale. They will be here forever.

This is not disposable music, Campbell said.

And when he asked if anybody in the audience knew the current number one song in Jamaica and there was no answer, Campbell said none About average.

Asley Grub Cooper, also of Fab Five, in giving an overview of the project, said Dwight is so talented I do not think he knows how talented he is. In addition to being talented, Pinkney has also devised a musical formula that works, as he does his tracks like the original and then does his guitar styling over that.

An instrumental album is even that more difficult to keep your interest. From the very first note Home Grown Jamaican keeps your interest. His guitar is an extension of him, Cooper said.


Tony Laing, radio show host, was the nights main speaker. In addition to congratulating Pinkney on the new album, Laing requested the support of certain business people for music, noting that there were times when some of those same business people fell on hard times and were welcomed to the bar by musicians and bar attendants.

We see them now and me no know if them no remember, but me remember, Laing said, to laughter and applause.

We are in a country with a large music foundation and none of the financial institutions have a portfolio in music, Tony Laing said.

He asked for the establishment of a fund for musicians, saying me know too much musician dead inna almshouse.

President on the Jamaica Federation of Musicians (JFM), Desmond Young, noted the trend of the emerging artistes, naming Bascom X, Chezideck, Fantan Mojah and I-Wayne, and said the one drop beat is back and that means traditional reggae is being played. And we have to commend the radio stations for that. For years we have been beating up on radio.

If radio continues to play good music, Dwights album will be heard a lot, Young said.