July 23, 2009

Remix Tonight: Does Jamaican Dancehall Music Incite Violence?

From the PULSE web site:

Thursday, July 23 @ 7:30 PM

In April, Gay and Lesbian rights groups called for a ban of Jamaican products and travel, claiming the country has had a long history of discrimination without proper repercussions. They cite Jamaican dancehall music as one example--this popular genre is known to have hit songs with lyrics advocating violence against gays. Is dancehall music an accurate reflection of Jamaican perspectives and culture? Did the music influence the culture or the other way around?


Howard Duperly, 88.9 FM WDNA
Tim Padgett, TIME Magazine: "The Most Homophobic Place on Earth?"
Geoffrey Philp, Miami Dade College

More on Dancehall: Caribbean Beat: http://www.meppublishers.com/online/caribbean-beat/current_issue/index.php?pid=1000&id=cb98-2-50

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Anonymous said...

I run a dancehall recording label called Hotstepper Entertainment and we don't do gangsta, slackness or discrimination. I think Jamaicans will start to wise up because music is a big part of the countries income.

ps. Great site you got here

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Geoffrey Philp said...

I wish you all the best, Hotstepper!

Give thanks,