Wey di puppa, mumma, grandmodder, grand-fadder, god-modder, god-fadder deh?????? Return to basics and let us not complicate the issues. Children are a product of their environment. Environment begins in the home, their neighbours, community, Church, fellowship. It does not have a dollar value as before time memorial there was poverty and there will continue to be until the world ends. What was evident was ‘broughtuptsey’ in that wooden structure, tenement or wherever you lived. There was a thing call ‘pride’. Pride in knowing that you came from a household that did not have much yet you were raised to be grateful for the little you had, and ‘manners’ was the order of the day. If not, you were disciplined, and any adult you saw if you stepped out of line had the natural right to talk to you as there was a belief that we were our neighbour’s keepers. If you were raised with domestic helpers and had a few amenities that were considered ‘fortunate’, ‘manners’ were stilled imprinted on your forehead as the consequence for being disrespectful was real.
Personally, I have no appreciation for this genre of dancehall music, however, I was a keen listener and lover to a few artists during the 1980’s. A few of them have lasted up to the 2000’s. So much so, Oliver at Large, had a name for my favorites, chaka chaka music. Yes, do you recall the term ‘chaka chaka’? I smile as my family that raised me thought they were too. Those were the times, yet at that time, my Christian background thought otherwise. I knew when and where, the time that I could be allowed to indulge my pleasures until I arrived at the acceptable age of 21 where I could call my own shots only if I was not under the family roof that is. Home life influenced me back then and still influences me today.
Fast forward to todeh……………………Is it really about the music? Or should it be about a country whose governments have failed to enforce and uphold the rule of law in and out of institutions. Whether it is the prison system, the police force, public sector, corruption run rife and the links culture run tings. Why do we continue to allow women who have 1, 2, and more children on the PATH programme, who are living in dysfunctional homes to continue to multiply? Their right? When does ones ‘right’ become absolute when it is a hindrance, a death sentence to the very children in existence? When does the government have a ‘right’ to enter into the homes of the very ones we call innocent? Nearing election time when votes are needed from the very same single dysfunctional mother?
Until we have a society where the majority of citizens feel their vote means something. Where they must be made to understand that democracy or not, your vote matters. When our governments stop relying on the very same voters many of whom are dependent on the State, just maybe we can stop scoring politic points and call it for what it is. Who allow children to listen to music? Who allow children to wine up themselves as if they are strippers on a pole? Who allow children to watch porn? Who are the role models for the children? What kind of home life are they subjected to? Why are women still continuing to become baby mothers without baby fathers playing an integral role into the emotional, spiritual, financial and social development of these children? Who allow children to have smartphones without restrictions or monitoring of such? Why are we not selling the message of unwanted pregnancies and unwanted children as being a deterrent to the society in general? Governments allow deadbeat mothers and deadbeat fathers to multiply. Now we have a generation that are influenced by any and anyone outside of their homes as they had no home life in the first place.
The music though not my cup of tea cannot be ‘killed’. It is easier to attack the music in our country and jump on the bandwagon because the UK has taken action. What takes guts in JA is going straight to ‘rights’ issue. Changing the law democracy or not. It is my belief that not all rights are absolute. If our governments continue to allow the procreation of life to continue from the same groups, then we will continue to have what we have. Stability and foundation comes from strong family values. Whether the society throws out junk or not, the child will be able to sift through providing the foundation at home was solid. This season it is this style of dancehall, in another 20 years what next and who knows? As we progress into secular livity, what is deemed art is just that. In as much as another man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure. What remains unchangeable though are strong family values imprinted in the DNA with a Christian background. I would be more concerned about a mother with 2 children, no baby father and no job, yet pregnant with baby number 3 on the way.
Can you work whilst you are incarcerated? What kind of work can you do if the answer is yes? If no, then who are the ones instrumental in upholding that? Corruption in prison is not unique to Jamaica. What is unique is every nook and cranny corruption prevails here. Corruption starts from the top, never the middle and please not the bottom. Clean up the systems in this country, employ persons who can enforce the rule of law and not be bribed. Get politicians who can deal with the root cause which is the home. You can get into the homes if you implement laws to protect the unborn from entering into a life with a death sentence as their DNA.
Finally, this is what the government can do if they have the balls and the Opposition on board if they are capable of opposing from a non-partisan platform. Ban all music from public transportation ie robot taxis, private taxis, JUTC buses. Persons who want to hear music, travel with your head phones. Talk to each other and stop juke up uself on your way to work, school or elsewhere. As much as Jamaica is being sold as an entertainment hub, there is much more to this country than its music, I daresay.
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Holness says no to censorship of the arts
Prime Minister reacts to Hanna’s remarks on Vybz Kartel music
(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, February 26, 2017 75 Comments
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that his Government will not give in to any public urge for censorship as a response to controversial cultural activities, including dancehall music.
Holness told a breakfast meeting with members of the board and senior editorial staff of the Jamaica Observer at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue head office in Kingston on Friday that education would be a better response to public alarm regarding anything that may be considered offensive.
“My point is, how do we create consumers who are more discerning of the products that are being produced. Because, once you start to censure you kill creativity,” Holness said.
The prime minister was reacting to a question about his response to issues like the current controversy over comments made by Opposition spokesperson and former Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, on radio about banning Vybz Kartel’s music and him recording from his prison cell.
Hanna, who was addressing issues of violence and culture at the time on local radio station, Nationwide News Network, noted that, despite being sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, Kartel seemed to have continued recording his music, which some Jamaicans consider unfit for public consumption, from behind bars, which music is played publicly.
“If you are convicted, until you are not convicted, perhaps it is that your music need not be played on the radio,” Hanna said in the interview.
“The issue is where Kartel’s music is coming out (more) than any other person, because I have not heard any new song from Buju (Banton) since he has been incarcerated. I think that we need to get to the root cause of that. We need to find out how the songs are being made, how they are getting out. Is there corruption in the prison system? And not only for Kartel, I am not singling out Kartel alone. I am singling out all persons across the spectrum who are having an imprint on our children’s value system,” she said.
“We have a liberal democracy’, we can’t escape that. And the society is not one that brooks any argument about censorship. We are not a society that holds heavily to censorship.
“The way to combat that, however, is that while we don’t like censorship, that shouldn’t mean that we allow everything to get in the public space. So the important thing that a society that is a liberal democracy must develop, if it is not going to censor, is to develop literacy and education.
“In other words, you combat negative information with positive information.
So the challenge we have is that a lot of people are absorbing, within the public space, much of the artistic creativity but without the context as to how this creativity can lead to the realisation of a certain reality.
“In other societies, you go and you watch the movies and it is not just dancehall, it’s just general. You have hip hop, you have rap music; we are just bombarded with things that have different moral perspectives. But, if you have a well-educated society that can place these things in context,and say this is art, this is from one’s own belief, it’s not what I necessarily believe, or I know that what this person is saying is wrong, then your society can survive that.
“But, if you have a high level of illiteracy or unreasonableness in the society, and people literally take what is being produced — not just as artistic content, but take it literally as their theme or anthem — then you begin to have a problem. So, the solution to Jamaica is not censorship, the solution is to increase our education; our teaching has to place things in context.”
Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. Kartel received the harshest sentence of any of his co-defendants, as he is serving 35 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole. The sentencing of Kartel and three other co-accused followed a 65-day trial.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was found guilty of killing Williams at his house in Havendale, a suburb north of Kingston, in August, 2011. Also found guilty were: Shawn Campbell and Kahira Jones, who were each sentenced to serve a minimum of 25 years, and Andre St John, who can apply for parole after serving 15 years of a life sentence. A fifth defendant, Shane Williams, was found not guilty.