Jamaica PM wants to remix Reggae

In Caribbean American interest, Caribbean interest, Caribbean news, Entertainment, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Politics, Trinidad on February 12, 2009 at 4:48 am

Jamaica wants to go straitlaced with its reggae tunes. Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who reportedly has some trust issues with the masses and narrowly got elected to the post bout’ two years ago, is leading the charge. He wants to ban lewd lyrics from reggae and soca music, Jamaican Information Service reports.

The government will be taking a tough stance on lewd and violent music, and will put in place the resources needed to effect and enforce the necessary changes, Prime Minister Bruce Golding, has said.

“We are going to find a way to deal with the nastiness that is out there. And if it is some law that needs to be changed, let us prepare the legislation and go to Parliament and change it. If it is some resources that we have to find then, as tough as things are, make us find it, because we cannot afford to allow this assault not only on our music, but on our psyche and our identity as a people, to continue,” Mr. Golding stated.

Love that quote: “We are going to find a way to deal with the nastiness that is out there.”

Can’t say that I blame old Golding. For starters, Jamaica has been pegged as one of the most murderous countries in the effing world. Out-of-control gays are to blame, says one eccentric politician. 

OK, I’m done laughing.

Now where was I? Ah, yes. Murder in Jamaica…

Being described as a murderous locale is just uncool, not to mention a black eye to the country’s tourism industry.

I’m all for freedom of speech and an artist’s liberty to be an artist but even my liberal self has to admit that the lyrics are out of control and pervasive. I can certainly use some variety when in the mood for some reggae tunes. It’s part of the reason why nowadays, I’m just not listening to much of it. Enough with sexual and violent lyrics all day, every day. And to top it off, the lyrics aren’t even clever. Rubbish! Somebody press pause or better yet, turn that ish off. You’re riling up a sistah and making people from the West Indies look like sex-crazed, gun toting imbeciles.

Golding will have one heck of a challenging trying to right this ship. But something – anything – gotta be done. 

I’m a big believer that when a society has gone berserk, you don’t fuel the fire by unleasing more crass music onto the frenzied crowd. The fact that many in the crowd are having dry sex on the dance floor – some in inverted positions while simultaneously eyeing the nearest exit in case of a shooting- should be another telltale sign that it’s time to end the party.

What ever happened to one love? Who spiked the sorrel with the Appleton Estate?

Wonder what Alton Ellis would say? 

And with that, here’s the news report in its entirety. – MJ


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