Is this a battle we can win? I do not believe so in my humble opinion. Hold up here now. Do not begin to speak about Hip Hop, their fight and ultimate domination which resulted in many of their rappers becoming multi millionaires.
Jamaica is not the USA, we are not Americans despite te twanging in certain quarters. Come on now, you know how we do, don’t play me like that. The world quite frankly will not fight for dancehall. So where does that leave us??
Face the reality that when you start to get pon a couple people nerves, sooner than later waggonists justified or not will join in. There is a domino or rippling effect when it is perceived that you cost more than you are worth. Contrary to popular belief the vast majority of Jamaicans do not embrace modern day dancehall music. Before we lash out at Caribbean nations who it appears seem to be sick and tired of us let us examine ourselves if it is at all possible for us to be honest. Our patrotism is in full force when other Islands attack us, less when the Americans and British do from my view. Amongst ourselves in our circle we speak of the very same thing, yet publicly we are afraid of doing so. We are soooooo hypocritical. If the politician raises the notion of a connection between violence and the lyrics of some of the danehall tunes, we explode. How many of you let your children, toddlers listen and gyrate to dancehall music? How many of you let your children listen to Beyonce, Justin Beiber? I’m quite sure many of you would much rather they twirl themselves to Beyonce’s tune and the Beiber rather than listen to dancehall. There are the odd exceptions, but things and times have changed and so has the music of dancehall. You can call it art, you an call it consciousness based on somebody’s livity. Call it what you may, it has been getting a bashing and it is not going to be embraced in its current form in todays world.
What do you propose to do? If countries begin to ban Jamaica as we are looked upon as the originator of reggae and dancehall music, will certain quarters encourage us to ban those said countries? Quite frankly, we are in no position to do so. Our barganing tools is just not attractive. Even a few of our promising atlethes are seeking to run for the oil rich countries as the Roc can’t hole dem.
Dancehall backlash in B’dos
(Jamaica Observer) Wednesday, May 18, 2016 49 Comments
He cites a connection with growing crime and violence in that country with the genre.
Lashley is quoted in Barbados’s
Nation newspaper calling for a stance to be taken against “reckless behaviour”.
“I am indeed very concerned about the escalation of gun violence, and in particular the escalation of violent acts that have claimed the lives of so many persons already this year,” he said.
“So I take this opportunity this evening to call on each and every one of us to take a stand on this reckless behaviour. I am equally concerned about the impact of certain types of dancehall music and videos, the impact that this is having on the minds of our citizens, especially our young people,” Lashley told his audience at the launch of the 2016 Community Independence Celebrations at Gall Hill, St John parish, last Saturday.
Meanwhile, individualss have taken to the Nation’s website to comment on Lashley’s correlation between violence and dancehall music.
One user, Elsie Jaime, noted: “Now persons must be told what music is acceptable. I guess the minister going ban Rihanna songs.”
In March, dancehall music made headlines in the United Kingdom when Roy Seda, owner of the Dice Bar in Croydon, England, claimed he had been told that Jamaican music is “unacceptable” by the Metropolitan Police.
Seda further claimed he was under so much pressure that he now makes his selectors sign an agreement not to play the genre as it is claimed to be associated with crime and disorder.