Thursday, February 19, 2009

Enough Already!

The church has weighed in and cast their two cents into the ongoing debate about the purification of dancehall music. They are calling for a ban on street and community dances, particularly those where explicit lyrics are being played. I have no beef with carnival but I can’t understand how it manages to get corporate sponsorship, government approval, live TV broadcasts, police escorts and have major thoroughfares locked down on one of the the holiest days in the Christian calendar. Everyone is taking a swipe at dancehall these days. I guess it’s easier for corporate Jamaica, the church and the government to blame dancehall music for all the ills in society instead of their own shortcomings. I agree that a lot of the song lyrics are a little disturbing at times and inappropriate for wholesale public consumption but lets not get carried away. A lot of the persons who are up in arms have never even heard Ramping Shop or a "daggering" song. The government is quick to sponsor a jazz festival to the tune of USD500,000 as if this is New Orleans. Dancehall music/culture has the potential to be our biggest foreign exchange earner so lets invest in it. Stop trying to distract us from the real issues facing Jamaica. Please call off this witch-hunt.

39 comments:

Jamaican Music Fan said...

I agree 1,000%!!!

Jdid said...

its like pitbulls when they get their teeth into something they dont want to let go

Gussie said...

Perfect analogy Jdid. I'm buying myself an MP3 Player.

Stunner said...

Dancehall music has it's tamer side and it's raw side. The problem is when the raw side leaves the dances and hits the radio. But wanting to lock down dances is just going too far. You have made some very valid points Gussie.

tammy said...

fuck lyrics fi play inna dancehall and pickney fi stay a dem yard a nite.

but yeah - the radio thing is just waaaay toooo much

Kadia Francis said...

Listen people the bottom line is this, our kids growing up too fast we have all seen the viral videos. But to only blame the music for the decline in morale in this country is fetching. But this is not new is it? it scares the be-jesus out of me when the church and state are in league on something, because inevitably the outcome is going to be less than effective and really stupid. None of these two entities have been able to make a quat of difference in this country. I in no way condone some of the jaw dropping lyrics and do feel like some of these artistes need to curb their enthusiasm as far as the explicit nature of the contents of their music is concerned. And it pisses me off when they say "its reality" they djing bout. But with that said its not meant for young ears, and it begs the question where are the parents?. Its funny how we tell children that adults knows best when none of the adults involved in this whole debacle especially the ones in government and the church, doesn't seem to know shit. And another thing, is it just me or does it seem the church only gets involved after the fact?

Gussie said...

@Tammy
Ditto and ditto!

@Kadia
The church has been missing in action for a while, and now that they have a new cause they're just overcompensating. Why treat the symptoms and not the root problem? Why not focus on the breakdown of the family unit in Jamaica?

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