Now in rotation, I-OctaneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœMama you aloneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ single is a depiction of a typical Jamaican motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s struggle. As seen through the eyes of an older sibling, Octane tells the story of a hustling mother and her daily struggles to support her family. As he highlights some of the effects and condition under which she is forced to survive, he metaphorically describes the mental and physical scars inflicted upon her through her struggles, he sings, Ã¢â‚¬Å“loads from mamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s basket strain her neck and now it mark itÃ¢â‚¬Â and continues, Ã¢â‚¬Å“its rough because she talk itÃ¢â‚¬Â and of her journey, Ã¢â‚¬Å“bare feet at times but she walk itÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Some of the heart felt issues described in this song significantly brings to life the taught pattern of an older sibling, who understands his motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s daily plight and gladly takes on the responsibilities left at home, he Ã¢â‚¬Ëœwashes the dishes, sweeps the yard, take care of his younger siblings and spread the bedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Now interestingly, throughout all this he questions his fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disappearance, Ã¢â‚¬Å“daddy why you fail?Ã¢â‚¬Â and concludes that his father Ã¢â‚¬Å“leaves us like Jonas in the belly of the whaleÃ¢â‚¬Â. But a Mothers love always prevails and her words triumph as he remembers Ã¢â‚¬Å“mamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s words of wisdom fresh like bread weh never staleÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mama you aloneÃ¢â‚¬Â is good literature, self expression and good music. It is an experience many mothers can relate to and a life that gave birth, to many successful Jamaican children. In light of all her disadvantages Ã¢â‚¬ËœmamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ manages her family, Ã¢â‚¬Å“No she nuh have it but we still a get we sweetie and we chocolateÃ¢â‚¬Â. Many children lives through the oppression daily and is optimistic, hence the success of the Asafa Powel and Usain BoltÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s of our society. On Mothers Day, May 10th 2009, let us reflect on Ã¢â‚¬ËœMama you aloneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and remember those whose struggles seems endless and offer our support to those whom we can. To listen log on to www.myspace.com/ioctanemusic.
Article by: Sophia Mckay