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The Salt (Nuts) of the Earth

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is the Honourable Prophet Andy and I am a nuts vendor on the road.

I’m from the Bobo Shanti order. Which I’m a man keep my Sabbath. Work six days, rest holy unto the Lord.

I’m from Laventille, born on top the Hill, which part I had all my boy days. But recently I’m living Maracas St Joseph.

Laventille people used to live as one. I coulda eat by you, you coulda eat by me. It was just a love. Until the Eighties, when the guns and the gangs start to come in. Before, you coulda go on the basketball court. People from Morvant, from all over, used to confederate and do things together. Laventille still nice. It’s just a certain bad seed does spoil the whole great bunch.

God is in my heart, God is in everybody heart. It’s just that some people let Satan take over.

I went Our Lady of Fatima right in Picton Junction in Laventille and I never went secondary school. I liked school, used to do my homework and thing and, in the earlies, I was really picking up. But, when you come up with a mother alone, is a hard thing for your schooling. Especially when she have more children. Which I had a stepfather, but you can’t look for a stepfather to do things for you when you’re not his child. But, through my father not around, it was a distress and disturbance in my life. I finish with school at an early age.

My father was just a worthless fella. If he was a worthless fella, I can’t say he was good. I not lying. Is only the truth could set you free.

Is only goodness that matter. What it profit a man to gain the world and lost his soul?

I am in a relationship with a very nice woman, a productive woman, a woman a man could depend. Her name is Samantha. She is a person I see I could make it in life with. She not wanty-wanty, she not limey-limey, she’s a hard working woman. Is a woman like that a man want: a woman who could build him, not break him.

I have four good-looking children and lovely children which I love and which I know love me and which I will work hard for them. I try my best to don’t do them what my father do me! My first daughter, Okisa Campbell, is 22. My son Shem Campbell going on 21. My next daughter, Abioma Campbell, which she is 18. My last daughter, Vanna, which she is 15 going on 16 years

BC Pires tell me it have two ways to become a good father: you could have a good father; or you could have a bad father. Well, I had a very bad father. And I trying to be a very good father to my four children.

I believe in honesty and I believe in working hard. Honesty is the best policy. Honesty bring back love. If somebody overpay me by accident, I give them back their money. The only way I could enjoy my food in the night is if I work for it. If I take something from you, I can’t go home and enjoy it! I go be studying, Boy, I take that food from that man, I wonder if he have children at home to eat that food too?

As a youth I grew up around plenty Rastas. I had a brother was a Rasta. From the age of 13 years, I liked Rasta. I stopped eating flesh and turn a vegetarian. Right now, I’m 53, so you see I live most of my life as a vegetarian and as a Bobo Shanti.

True I-a-man see the order [of Bobo Shanti] and it ent have nothing else besides this.

The word the men in the turban come with was a different word from what everybody else was preaching. They come with the Nazarite, which Christ was the first Nazarite, which Christ was the first Rastaman. I mighta turn a bandit. I mighta turn a killer. I realised this was a way I could walk on the straight and narrow road, which is of God.

I turned dread at the age of 21 and I’s 53 now and it never failed me.

I’m a tradesman. I do upholstery. I could do joining and painting. I could do most things. But I choose to sell nuts. Because is less stress. Because I don’t have to wait for people to pay me!

When people done get they work done, they don’t bound to pay – because they work done! And is me to catch. I get headache for seven days doing work for people and can’t get my money after! They want their place to look nice but my pocket can’t look nice and my belly can’t feel good.

I used to sell drinks on the highway in El Socorro. I was the original “Cold-in-the-Ice” by the traffic light!

I bake the nuts myself and sell salt, fresh and honey-roasted. Although I mightn’t be perfect, I try to do my thing perfect. So I could give people quality nuts to eat. I don’t want a man to come back and say, “Oh, gorm, Ras, what you sell me?” I go lost a customer – but I sell nuts to gain customers, not to lose them! Is better I give you good thing and gain 10 customer than give you bad thing and lost 20.

People find I’s talk jokey. But is serious joke I’s be making.

If a man come by me with a dollar and want a pack of nuts, I give him, because I know is a customer I gain.

A dollar is paper! It does tear up, it does burn up, it does go. Life worth more than paper. You can’t buy life. You could get back money but you can’t get back life. You make a dollar in a machine; you don’t make human in a machine. Test tube babies is not babies. Them is alien or something, them can’t be children.

We have we own music, which call “Nyabinghi” music. Which is drums, a kete, a funde and a bass. Chorus and hymns and psalms, we deal with. I clap and sing and make a joyful noise unto the Lord. I don’t deal with the reggae box. That is Nebuchadnezzar music. Me ent living with that. Why should I bow to folly? I have to bu’n fire on that. And stand up for God music which come to stamp out all other music.

All these Christianity, these fellas only on money. A fella go and preach in church for me to come and put my hard-earned dollar which I work for? He robbing me! He is a bandit and a crook! He telling me he want to see blue bills today so I have to put my blue note? He don’t know how much children I have who want to eat. But he want to dress up in a jacket-and-tie and drive a nice car off of me? That is unfair!

He said, “By the sweat of they brow man shall eat bread.” He never said to go up on a altar and preach. God never sold his Word. All God’s Word is always free.

I buy my nuts wholesale, I bake them, I bag them out and I come out on the road to make a dollar. I try to give people the best baked nuts in the whole of Trinidad.Because I want everybody to come back and look for me!

I used to sell by the lighthouse but I find down there dangerous and I doesn’t trust my shadow. A wise man will foresee evil and hide himself. A fool will walk into it. I’s not a fool. When I see evil, I gone! Let evil stay there.

My relaxation is to stay home. I had enough of liming before I turn Boboshanti. And I turn Bobo Shanti at the age of 21 – so you see how much years I ent lime! And I don’t miss it. I have a life and I living happy.

The best parts of selling nuts on the road is meeting and communicating with people. I talk to a lot of people, give people a good word, a lot of people give me back a nice word

I wouldn’t say there is anything bad about selling nuts. This is the best work I ever do! I don’t even want a Government work. I rather to do this for myself. If I want to go home, I could go home. Because I works for nobody [but] myself!

People does say selling nuts is a hustle but this is a business for me. I’m not hustling, I’m working! Because I put out money to buy nuts. I never pick up nuts on the ground free or pick from a tree. I invest in a business, not a hustle!

The onliest thing I want to tell people in Trinidad is to open their eyes and do the right thing. Righteous deliver you from death and sin bring you to reproach.

Too much people picking up on politics, which mashing up the native of the country. Them talk show hosts, when you really listen, is pure bacchanal and confusion! These people could cause stress, they could cause uprising, they could cause anything! Through they mouth! They have to think! A lot of traitors [on the radio shows], betraying one another daily. Now you riding with me today, tomorrow you riding with somebody else. You’s a traitor! Because you have no stable place.

A Trini is a person who like confusion and bacchanal and have to see anything that going on. You hear a gunshot and you running to peep before you run and hide! That is a Trini, the most funniest people in the world. Everybody else hear gunshot, run to hide – Trini running to see! What you going and see? A bullet in your head? Then you wouldn’t see!

Trinidad & Tobago means a lot to me. Is a place I incarnate and is a place I really like, too. But, what you go do? You can’t change it. Is only God could change it and bring it back as how the people want it.

The Salt (Nuts) of the Earth

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is the Honourable Prophet Andy and I am a nuts vendor on the road.

I’m from the Bobo Shanti order. Which I’m a man keep my Sabbath. Work six days, rest holy unto the Lord.

I’m from Laventille, born on top the Hill, which part I had all my boy days. But recently I’m living Maracas St Joseph.

Laventille people used to live as one. I coulda eat by you, you coulda eat by me. It was just a love. Until the Eighties, when the guns and the gangs start to come in. Before, you coulda go on the basketball court. People from Morvant, from all over, used to confederate and do things together. Laventille still nice. It’s just a certain bad seed does spoil the whole great bunch.

God is in my heart, God is in everybody heart. It’s just that some people let Satan take over.

I went Our Lady of Fatima right in Picton Junction in Laventille and I never went secondary school. I liked school, used to do my homework and thing and, in the earlies, I was really picking up. But, when you come up with a mother alone, is a hard thing for your schooling. Especially when she have more children. Which I had a stepfather, but you can’t look for a stepfather to do things for you when you’re not his child. But, through my father not around, it was a distress and disturbance in my life. I finish with school at an early age.

My father was just a worthless fella. If he was a worthless fella, I can’t say he was good. I not lying. Is only the truth could set you free.

Is only goodness that matter. What it profit a man to gain the world and lost his soul?

I am in a relationship with a very nice woman, a productive woman, a woman a man could depend. Her name is Samantha. She is a person I see I could make it in life with. She not wanty-wanty, she not limey-limey, she’s a hard working woman. Is a woman like that a man want: a woman who could build him, not break him.

I have four good-looking children and lovely children which I love and which I know love me and which I will work hard for them. I try my best to don’t do them what my father do me! My first daughter, Okisa Campbell, is 22. My son Shem Campbell going on 21. My next daughter, Abioma Campbell, which she is 18. My last daughter, Vanna, which she is 15 going on 16 years

BC Pires tell me it have two ways to become a good father: you could have a good father; or you could have a bad father. Well, I had a very bad father. And I trying to be a very good father to my four children.

I believe in honesty and I believe in working hard. Honesty is the best policy. Honesty bring back love. If somebody overpay me by accident, I give them back their money. The only way I could enjoy my food in the night is if I work for it. If I take something from you, I can’t go home and enjoy it! I go be studying, Boy, I take that food from that man, I wonder if he have children at home to eat that food too?

As a youth I grew up around plenty Rastas. I had a brother was a Rasta. From the age of 13 years, I liked Rasta. I stopped eating flesh and turn a vegetarian. Right now, I’m 53, so you see I live most of my life as a vegetarian and as a Bobo Shanti.

True I-a-man see the order [of Bobo Shanti] and it ent have nothing else besides this.

The word the men in the turban come with was a different word from what everybody else was preaching. They come with the Nazarite, which Christ was the first Nazarite, which Christ was the first Rastaman. I mighta turn a bandit. I mighta turn a killer. I realised this was a way I could walk on the straight and narrow road, which is of God.

I turned dread at the age of 21 and I’s 53 now and it never failed me.

I’m a tradesman. I do upholstery. I could do joining and painting. I could do most things. But I choose to sell nuts. Because is less stress. Because I don’t have to wait for people to pay me!

When people done get they work done, they don’t bound to pay – because they work done! And is me to catch. I get headache for seven days doing work for people and can’t get my money after! They want their place to look nice but my pocket can’t look nice and my belly can’t feel good.

I used to sell drinks on the highway in El Socorro. I was the original “Cold-in-the-Ice” by the traffic light!

I bake the nuts myself and sell salt, fresh and honey-roasted. Although I mightn’t be perfect, I try to do my thing perfect. So I could give people quality nuts to eat. I don’t want a man to come back and say, “Oh, gorm, Ras, what you sell me?” I go lost a customer – but I sell nuts to gain customers, not to lose them! Is better I give you good thing and gain 10 customer than give you bad thing and lost 20.

People find I’s talk jokey. But is serious joke I’s be making.

If a man come by me with a dollar and want a pack of nuts, I give him, because I know is a customer I gain.

A dollar is paper! It does tear up, it does burn up, it does go. Life worth more than paper. You can’t buy life. You could get back money but you can’t get back life. You make a dollar in a machine; you don’t make human in a machine. Test tube babies is not babies. Them is alien or something, them can’t be children.

We have we own music, which call “Nyabinghi” music. Which is drums, a kete, a funde and a bass. Chorus and hymns and psalms, we deal with. I clap and sing and make a joyful noise unto the Lord. I don’t deal with the reggae box. That is Nebuchadnezzar music. Me ent living with that. Why should I bow to folly? I have to bu’n fire on that. And stand up for God music which come to stamp out all other music.

All these Christianity, these fellas only on money. A fella go and preach in church for me to come and put my hard-earned dollar which I work for? He robbing me! He is a bandit and a crook! He telling me he want to see blue bills today so I have to put my blue note? He don’t know how much children I have who want to eat. But he want to dress up in a jacket-and-tie and drive a nice car off of me? That is unfair!

He said, “By the sweat of they brow man shall eat bread.” He never said to go up on a altar and preach. God never sold his Word. All God’s Word is always free.

I buy my nuts wholesale, I bake them, I bag them out and I come out on the road to make a dollar. I try to give people the best baked nuts in the whole of Trinidad.Because I want everybody to come back and look for me!

I used to sell by the lighthouse but I find down there dangerous and I doesn’t trust my shadow. A wise man will foresee evil and hide himself. A fool will walk into it. I’s not a fool. When I see evil, I gone! Let evil stay there.

My relaxation is to stay home. I had enough of liming before I turn Boboshanti. And I turn Bobo Shanti at the age of 21 – so you see how much years I ent lime! And I don’t miss it. I have a life and I living happy.

The best parts of selling nuts on the road is meeting and communicating with people. I talk to a lot of people, give people a good word, a lot of people give me back a nice word

I wouldn’t say there is anything bad about selling nuts. This is the best work I ever do! I don’t even want a Government work. I rather to do this for myself. If I want to go home, I could go home. Because I works for nobody [but] myself!

People does say selling nuts is a hustle but this is a business for me. I’m not hustling, I’m working! Because I put out money to buy nuts. I never pick up nuts on the ground free or pick from a tree. I invest in a business, not a hustle!

The onliest thing I want to tell people in Trinidad is to open their eyes and do the right thing. Righteous deliver you from death and sin bring you to reproach.

Too much people picking up on politics, which mashing up the native of the country. Them talk show hosts, when you really listen, is pure bacchanal and confusion! These people could cause stress, they could cause uprising, they could cause anything! Through they mouth! They have to think! A lot of traitors [on the radio shows], betraying one another daily. Now you riding with me today, tomorrow you riding with somebody else. You’s a traitor! Because you have no stable place.

A Trini is a person who like confusion and bacchanal and have to see anything that going on. You hear a gunshot and you running to peep before you run and hide! That is a Trini, the most funniest people in the world. Everybody else hear gunshot, run to hide – Trini running to see! What you going and see? A bullet in your head? Then you wouldn’t see!

Trinidad & Tobago means a lot to me. Is a place I incarnate and is a place I really like, too. But, what you go do? You can’t change it. Is only God could change it and bring it back as how the people want it.