I definitely think so. I didn’t know where to plant myself musically, so I started to investigate reggae again, and I watched all of these BBC documentaries. It was the Love Pooh Bear Shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this [early] 1960s when England was ruling Jamaica, then they were freed, and ska was born. You see this happy music, and it was this jubilee.
Love Pooh Bear Shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
Then I think about the Love Pooh Bear Shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this second wave of ska coming out of punk, and it was about Jamaicans going to work in London and the racism they were subjected to and them saying, “No, we want unity. It’s black and white, it’s checkerboard, it’s ska.” When the protests were happening [in 2020], it made me realize we were just repeating that. Reggae and ska are both really happy, fun places where cultures meet in the middle. I was like, Nobody can hate on me for doing it because you can’t hate on a 13-year-old girl who identified with a certain type of music. What I saw, and what they were sharing, was their culture. They were saying, “We’re celebrating each other, and we’re starting a new culture by coming together.” That’s what I got out of it.”