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The Fugees and Guantanamo Bay...

Asked by jrpowell (40542points) February 16th, 2008

In the song “Ready or Not” they make mention of Guantanamo Bay. It looks like the song came out in 1996, well before GB became camp “no trial needed with some torture.”

Any thoughts on why it was mentioned? What was GB used for prior to 2001? Wasn’t it just a navel base?

Here are the relevant lyrics..

Ready or not, refugees takin’ over
The Buffalo soldier, dread-lock rhasta
On the twelfth hour, fly by in my bomber
Crews run for cover, now they’re under pushin’ up flowers
Superfly true lies, do or die,
Toss me high – only puff la,
With my crew from lock high
I refugee from Guantanamo Bay
Dance around the border like I’m Cassius Clay

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simone54's avatar

What are you talking about?

jrpowell's avatar

In 1996 most people had never heard of Guantanamo Bay.. I’m wondering why this band would mention it in a song.

And I know that without a member of the band posting here I will have to rely on theory.

gailcalled's avatar

In 1996 many people, including me, had heard of Git’mo. It’s probably an age thing.

jrpowell's avatar


In 1996 what was gitmo considered? Was it just a naval base? Did it carry the negative connotations it does now?

ironhiway's avatar

From the 1970s onwards, the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base was used to house Cuban and Haitian refugees intercepted on the high seas. In the early 1990s

gailcalled's avatar

@john; Gitmo was a naval base in Cuba (with whom we had no diplomatic relations), which was the only odd thing I remember about it. In 1996 I had huge family distractions and wasn’t paying attention to the outside world; but 9/11 triggered the media attention and all that we now know.

Everyone had heard of it; but I could not have given you particulars. Here’s the;

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St.George's avatar

Wyclef, one of the Fugees, is Haitian-born. Perhaps that’s the why of the Guantanamo Bay reference that @ironhiway mentioned.

elemsd's avatar

Come on, the name Fugees cames from REfugees. Guantanamo was settlet in January 2002; but it was a just a project before this moment. There are a lot of activist who were protesting since 1994–95 (from this time I know for sure).

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