A: Eddy Ford – Whip them Jah-Jah

B: Kenneth Power – I and I a-go whip them

As written in the Eddy Ford piece on this website, two further Joe Gibbs recorded cuts based on the old mentosong ‘Dip them Bedward” exist. When you rinse the two cuts featured here, it’ll immediately become clear that this disc, despite the credit, does not feature the obscure singer that recorded “Whip Them” for Gibbs and “Guess I this riddle” for Duke Reid. This is different voice altogether. Or voices, I should write, because I hear a backing singer, a singer and a deejay.

Going by the B-side, the artist on this disc is a certain Kenneth Power. The same name that was  featured on “Joshua row we home” and “You wrong fe trouble Joshua” which were two more pro-PNP songs Gibbs released in the run up to the 1972 election. Since these were the only tunes ever released by Kenneth Power, and because the name is so obviously related to politics, it is safe to say the name was a ‘nom de guerre’.

Carey Johnson

A little search on the net quickly led me to Ken Parker, who said it was him in an interview with Peter I for Reggae Vibes (currently offline). When I asked him, though, he denied it. To these ears the only voice audible that could be owned by the great and soulful mister Parker is the background singing. So perhaps he was in the studio and just took up that role, as a one-off as he mentions in the interview over at ReggaeVibes?

Some more searching led me to Carey Johnson  – indeed of “More Scorcher” and “Doctor Sappatoo” fame (both Studio One, both impeccable tunes) – who is easily recognizable on this disc. Carey had teamed up with fellow deejay Lloyd Young in the early seventies, with whom he started recording tunes such as Come downas Carey and Lloyd. Listening to their output, in which both micmen show they can both sing as well as deejay (with Lloyd being the better singer, and Carey the better toaster) I’d say Kenneth Power could indeed feature both men, as is often suggested.  That said, I’m glad Eddie Ford recorded a version as well. Because, as much as I like ‘I and I a go whip them’, Eddie’s vocal version is supreme to Whip Them Jah Jah.


Label: Jogibs
Release date: 1972
Matrix: FJG 7881 A/B

Posted: 26-06-2017


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