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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Music problem

the letter writer suggests that the gay lobby in the US have silenced Buju Banton among other things....................

Dear Editor,

We need to be cautious about the kind of music we present to the world. It is unfortunate that we are at times offering gutter music for the buying public to indulge in. We have to clean up our act and find no fault when the world fails to listen to our substandard music.

The music fraternity should therefore understand why so many artistes are getting such an outright fight from Uncle Sam. The current problem comes from how we were socialised into an unfortunate corrupt and violent social system.

We are an undisciplined people, and we are too steadfast in what we believe in, without analysing critically the pros and the cons to see viable outcomes.

However, on the matter of Buju Banton being sent to jail, it's all hogwash. Buju was like a lamb to the slaughter because of anti-gay lyrics and his stance on biblical principles. There is no disputing that Buju was a target for pro-gay activists whose main purpose was to incarcerate and silence him.

The popularity of local dancehall acts, the so-called icons who infiltrate the society with profanity, violence against women and sexually devious lyrics are the craze among the young and gullible.

Everything that they say becomes the buzzword in short order. They are not role models, but they have such a great impact on the populace that they influence change in slang phrases all over the island.

We have a big problem, but we need a new beginning so we can hold our own and be a force to reckon with once more.

Paris Taylor

Greater Portmore, St Catherine


mark said...

As far as BB is concerned, we campaigned last year to have his US tour dates cancelled - since he never apologized for his homophobic lyrics and denied ever signing the Reggae Compassionate Act. At anytime, he could easily have made amends for what he had said and done, but he refused to.

We never sought to have him "incarcerated." If he was involved in cocaine deals (he is presumed innocent), that was his own choice.

yaa said...

if there were no slave-minded folks half the world's probs would be done with. though it is a right, 'paris taylor' does not know enough about Jamaican pop music history to make any of the sweeping statements about modern Reggae attempted in the letter you kindly share. however, if there was no self hatred, slavery - the exporting-Africans-to-the'new-world' type - wouldn't have taken 200 yrs to officially abolish. the slave-minded too have ancestry.

Sam said...

If LGBT people could arrange for the U.S. government to arrest Mark Myrie, aka "Buju Banton," on "trumped up" charges, why would we wait all this time to do it?

"Boom Bye Bye" came out in 1992 and it is now 2010. That's 18 years! And he has been touring the U.S. and calling for our deaths during many of those 18 years!

If we, as a tiny and disliked minority in the U.S. ourselves, could influence our government to arrest hate and violence-promoting homophobes like Buju Banton, we should have done it in 1993 and saved ourselves a lot of hassle.

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