Mangrove Education and Restoration Blog
Ashanti Lyttle is a 10th grade student at William Knibb High School in Falmouth, Jamaica. She is an aspiring biologist who would like to one day work in the human health field. Ashanti loves learning about mangroves, especially how they affect humans and how humans are impacting this ecosystem.
This is Ashanti’s first year participating in the Jamaica Awareness of Mangroves in Nature (J.A.M.I.N.) program. She wrote this song about mangroves from the information that she learned during the program and she hopes this song will inspire others to learn about mangroves too. The song written in Patois, a common dialect spoken in Jamaica. A translation of the song has also been provided.
This is no ordinary song. To me, it reveals how the J.A.M.I.N. program has touched the hearts of the students who participate in it. Ashanti demonstrates her appreciation of the program through this song. Please join us as we J.A.M.I.N. with Ashanti and her classmates!
“My Mangrove Song” By Ashanti Lyttle
Mangroves grow in wata.
Yo dun know you have four a dem.
The black ones have whitish flowers,
And the white one leaves dem flatten,
The red one have yellow flowers, lawwd
And another one name buttonwood,
So, the wol a dem come together, now
And mek up the wol system.
White nah leggo, nah…
Button wood nah leggo neither
Red nah leggo, nah…
And black nah leggo neither.
Mangroves are halophytes ino.
Them grow ina place weh salty, eh.
The amount of salt in wata is called “salinity.”
Red one have “greatest” wave action.
Black one “less”, o lawwd.
The white one have little bit a wave action,
Or probably non at all…
Mangroves grow in water.
You know you have four of them.
The black one has white flowers,
And the white one leaves are flat.
The red one has pale yellow flowers, lord
And another one called buttonwood.
All of them come together, now
And build up the whole system.
White is not letting go, no…
Buttonwood is not either
Red not letting go, no…
And black is not either.
Mangrove are halophytes I know.
They grow in a places that are salty, eh.
The amount of salt in the water is called “salinity.”
Red ones have the “greatest” wave action.
Black ones have “less,” oh lord.
The white ones have a little bit of wave action,
Or probably none at all…