Jamaican vocalist gives a contradicting perspective on the contemporary white on black racism

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Jamaican vocalist gives a contradicting perspective on the contemporary white on black racism

August 19
15:54 2020

The product of a collaboration between R.B.Graber, a lyricist and producer from the SF Bay Area, and Navardo, a talented vocalist and songwriter from Jamaica. Recently released is a new single, “The Tale of the Pale Ape ft. Navardo” that highlights the causes of modern racism and provides a fresh new perspective. It shows what happens when the oppressed become the oppressor, and the oppressor becomes oppressed.

“The Tale of the Pale Ape” is a song gathered from the theories of evolution where history shows that the black man was at the top of food-chain for a long time and must have treated the white men badly. The emotion underlying a proud white man is fear. And it is deep like mixed-in-the-marrow deep. It states that some serious incident must have happened that left an imprint on the generations to come and led to contemporary racism. “Are we now living in pay-back time?  I believe that an apology may be in order”, states Navardo.

Talking about this latest project, producer Graber further adds, “I am from bi-racial parents. Having studied mechanics in school (the science of cause and effect), my dark side would get into arguments with my pale side. I studied deep history and co-wrote a book about the Aztec/Maya. It is when I realized that the dark man had been on top and treated pale man badly. A cataclysm around 1500 years ago changed everything. Things flipped. The tables turned. So, it has been retribution time ever since. But, it is a temporary situation.” 

This song also derives its inspiration from Bob Marley’s “One Love” and classics like “I smoke two joints” plus Jimy Hendrix with “Stone Free” and “I hear my Train Coming”. It gives a message that the best way to overcome injustice is to be more relaxed and forgiving. What happened in the past should stay in the past. White man should accept the apology of the black man and move on, while the black man should stop blaming others and understand that it’s not personal.

Despite coming from an interracial family, R.B. only became aware of the bigotry as a teenager. He went through a phase of internal conflict, trying to find his way through the haze of the times. After studying and understanding black history more deeply, he came up with the idea of the song to extend this perspective to more people.

R.B. & Navardo’s latest single is available on Apple Music.

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