Cheap Mondays turns seven
Like the selector at the keyboards, Triston Tulloch and the Stone Love crew have been building the vibes in Kingston 13, with 'Cheap Mondays'.
The weekly dancehall session, a staple on Spanish Town Road, across from Greenwich Farm, is celebrating its seventh 'earthstrong'.
"Last week was the anniversary. We had some awards that we issued for the best supportive persons," said Tristan Tulloch, promoter of the event.
He noted that the awards were not limited to community patrons, pointing out that a Japanese woman, who visits the event "every Monday, rain or shine" was also recognised.
Unify the communities
Special awards were given to Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell of Stone Love, who Tulloch said has been a supporter of Cheap Mondays from the very beginning. He said Wee Pow has "encouraged and supported us just to make wi bring back the love, bring back the vibes inna the 13, like how it is supposed to be in the ghetto."
"The whole concept of Cheap Mondays was to unify the communities of Rose Town, Greenwich Farm, Boat Island, Buck Town and surrounding areas, because for eight to 10 years there was a big war that had been going on. So me and 'Father Pow' just come together and say, 'we haffi bring back the love inna the 13," Tulloch reasoned.
"So we started this thing that we called Cheap Mondays. The people them appreciate it and love the vibes. They turn out in their massive to come enjoy it on Monday nights. And it's not only Cheap Mondays, but people in the communities start their little Round Robin. They start their little 'pardner', so there is a lot of little spin-offs, a lot of benefits, financially. There is also a restaurant here that used to close at 10 o'clock at nights, now it's closing off when we're closing."
Wee Pow told THE STAR that he feels very good to see how the event has been bringing people together.
There is peace
"It has worked. We have had our ups and downs because every now and again there will be a flare-up, but we have seen where it has grown from strength to strength," he said.
He added: "When it started, it was a paltry few, but now there are times you can hardly find space in the venue."
Meanwhile, Tulloch, a former FIFA assistant referee, said that because the event complies with the provisions of the Noise Abatement Act and shuts down by 2 a.m., Cheap Mondays "get the full support of the police".
"They try and protect us, and we extend the same courtesies to them. The police want to know that people from the communities around here, uptown or anywhere in the world, can come and enjoy it because there is peace."