This is Informative Historyman. His name is Andrew Kiffin and his mission is to re-educate youth. Kiffin performed at the JIPO conference I attended earlier this week and the crowd was riveted. Kiffin takes his audience through history by weaving lyrics together that are based on things you likely didn’t know. In this case, the song I heard was about quotidian inventions that we take for granted that were created by Jamaicans.  A whole lot of useful items have indeed been created by Jamaicans and most people likely have no idea. In fact, Kiffin calls himself a chronological singer. 
The following information is adapted from Kiffin’s biography, which he kindly photocopied for me. Kiffin was born in Kingston to parents Bernice Stewart and Dalbert Kiffin and he grew up in Kingston, St. James and Clarendon. In his early years, Kiffin deejayed, working with the Soul Shack Disco and later, two sound systems called ‘Destroyer’ and ‘Zion Roots.’ 
Kiffin had some success with a song called “When Di Hurricane a Come,” which he wrote in 2004 after seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan. Currently, Kiffin visits schools to perform and educate Jamaica’s youth, both on history and AIDS. He has also written a song about Bob Marley’s life called “Bob Marley Story,” and he’s appeared as an activist at a national conference in Guyana, where he performed for the Prime Minister. Kiffin even has a song about Canadian Prime Ministers, which I will post once he sends it to me.
Let me relay to you what Kiffin told me about why he does this: “This is about re-educating and trying to build self-esteem. If you don’t know where you’re coming from, you don’t know where you’re going. The response (from students and school administrators) is quite receptive. They do love it because we interact and at the end of the day, they learn something.”

This is Informative Historyman. His name is Andrew Kiffin and his mission is to re-educate youth. Kiffin performed at the JIPO conference I attended earlier this week and the crowd was riveted. Kiffin takes his audience through history by weaving lyrics together that are based on things you likely didn’t know. In this case, the song I heard was about quotidian inventions that we take for granted that were created by Jamaicans.  A whole lot of useful items have indeed been created by Jamaicans and most people likely have no idea. In fact, Kiffin calls himself a chronological singer. 

The following information is adapted from Kiffin’s biography, which he kindly photocopied for me. Kiffin was born in Kingston to parents Bernice Stewart and Dalbert Kiffin and he grew up in Kingston, St. James and Clarendon. In his early years, Kiffin deejayed, working with the Soul Shack Disco and later, two sound systems called ‘Destroyer’ and ‘Zion Roots.’ 

Kiffin had some success with a song called “When Di Hurricane a Come,” which he wrote in 2004 after seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan. Currently, Kiffin visits schools to perform and educate Jamaica’s youth, both on history and AIDS. He has also written a song about Bob Marley’s life called “Bob Marley Story,” and he’s appeared as an activist at a national conference in Guyana, where he performed for the Prime Minister. Kiffin even has a song about Canadian Prime Ministers, which I will post once he sends it to me.

Let me relay to you what Kiffin told me about why he does this: “This is about re-educating and trying to build self-esteem. If you don’t know where you’re coming from, you don’t know where you’re going. The response (from students and school administrators) is quite receptive. They do love it because we interact and at the end of the day, they learn something.”