Words by Jesse Serwer/Photos by Martei Korley
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Ben & Jerry’s is known for its Woodstock-inspired peace-and-love aesthetic, and ice cream flavors with goofy names occasionally inspired by peace-and-love minded musicians. (See the classic Cherry Garcia, and the more recent Phish Food). So it’s no surprise that the brand would introduce a flavor inspired by the music (or at least the concept) of Bob Marley.
After holding a contest to name the flavor, Ben & Jerry’s newest product (a tie-in with the 30th anniversary of Legend) has been dubbed Satisfy My Bowl, after “Satisfy My Soul,” the classic track from Marley’s 1978 album Kaya. Makes sense. What we’re a bit confused about is what the flavor—banana ice cream with caramel and cookie swirls and chocolate peace signs—has to do with Bob Marley or Jamaica. Sure, bananas grow in Jamaica, as they do across the Caribbean, but the fruit is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when anyone thinks Jamaica. (As far as we know, Marley’s ice cream preferences are undocumented, that is if he partook in the treat at all).
Words by Natalie Weiner
When you think of Jamaican cuisine, certain dishes come to mind right away—jerk chicken, rice and peas, curried goat, ackee and saltfish.. and they come to mind for a reason: they’re delicious. But the island’s diverse heritage (and abundance of unique ingredients) means that there’s actually a lot more to Jamaican food than just these traditional recipes.
Words by Marcha M. Johnson—
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and, in the case of soca viking Bunji Garlin, at this point it certainly rings true. Initially inspired by a frequently misheard “Differentology” lyric, parodies of Bunji’s 2013 and 2014 contributions have kept coming, including the hilarious “Cow on D Road” spoof by DJ Righteous. It’s not all jokes, though: A$AP Ferg recently released his version of “Carnival Tabanca” called “Petit Valley,” paying homage to both Trinidad and its beautiful women.