When I launched Ape I planned to drop a motivation piece of music/vid every Monday to support the troops. Woops! Too busy this week. So instead, start your weekend with a little Ninjaman.

For those who don’t know the Phenomenon One aka Desmond Ballantine aka Brother Desmond, he is – hands down – one of the great, unsung performers of the 20th and 21st Centuries. A big boast, I know, but when it comes to the many layers of what performance means (and there are many), few performers, Jamaican or otherwise, peel the onion down to its social-cultural-musical-physical core like Ninja.

Apologies for any elements some find vulgar and/or tasteless. Like the UFC (see below), real performance ain’t always pretty. Case in point: Super Cat does take a likkle beating.

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