Despite the many accomplishments Dancehall music has been accredited with since its inception, the popular genre continues to garner heat for inciting crime and violence within Jamaican culture, as exemplified by recent comments made by one of the island’s most prominent politicians.
On Thursday, Jamaica’s security minister, Peter Bunting made some strong remarks regarding Dancehall while speaking at a Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains meeting in St Andrew. Minister Bunting used this platform to express his concern that Dancehall continues to hinder efforts by the government to curb criminal behavior.
However, what made Bunting’s comments particularly eye-catching was his singling out of incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, who currently faces murder and conspiracy charges in relation to two separate cases.
While speaking to the much talked about lottery scam which rocked the island in recent years, Bunting pointed to Kartel’s controversial song, Reparation as a source of some propaganda that encourages scamming as a harmless act.
“It’s an amazing piece of propaganda for scammers,” he said. [But] bear in mind that St James has one of the highest proportions as it relates to homicides, and approximately 50 per cent of those murders are related to scamming.”
Bunting quoted some of these lyrics: “Big up every scammer weh mek US dollar, Western Union people fi give we more honor. Every ghetto yute fi a live like Tony Montana, live presidential like Barack Obama.”
The lottery scandal in St. James has been a major talking point in the parish since 2006, as police have connected with over 400 deaths with the scam. At least one elderly American citizen committed suicide after losing millions of dollars to Jamaican scammers.
Minister Bunting confirmed earlier this year that Jamaica’s 2012 murder rate was its lowest for nine years, with 1,087 recorded last year. Additionally, information from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Statistics and Data Management Unit revealed that there was a 7% reduction in violent crimes such as sexual offences and acquisitory crimes.
Prominent Jamaican entertainer, Alley Cat a.k.a ‘The Imperial’ has kicked off his 2013 campaign with the release of a new track sure to alert society of the times we all live in.
The CEO of Imperial Productions recently unveiled his thought-provoking single, Days Like These as he speaks of the struggles and dangers experienced daily through Jamaica’s inner cities. Alley Cat takes us into his world with Day Like These, outlining his trials and tribulations as a youth, experiencing nightmares of the crime and violence he witnessed in his neighbourhood.
Using classical elements meshed with a pounding beat, Alley Cat immediately sows lyrical seeds in the thoughts of music lovers as he recalls,“Memba from di age a 4, mi see machine mek head a bore,” as he recalls the days when his mother slept on the floor and used various remedies to help soothe his physical and mental scars.
However, through all the strife surrounding him, Alley Cat’s mother steered him in the direction that ultimately led to his present day success as he eloquently points out in the chorus. “Mama tell me, ‘Yuh see da road deh? Nuh choose it. Yuh see da two pound a iron deh? Nuh use it. Jus’ bill and gwaan work pon yuh music..and him will shine him light on you.”
Days Like These shows Alley Cat’s willingness and dedication to uplift the people and said people, including industry players, have responded positively to the track. To further illustrate his messages of inspiration and hope, The Imperial released a video for Days Like These. The visuals can not only be seen across RETV, HYPE TV and CVM TV, it has become a favourite amongst Caribbean television networks in South Florida. \
This commendable effort by Alley Cat is just a sample of the entertainer’s commitment to being more than just a singer or deejay, but a leader of change amongst his people throughout 2013 and beyond. To follow up on this success, Alley Cat promises more uplifting songs for his fans as he’s currently working on a new single and video which will drop simultaneously.
You can buy Days Like These on iTunes and check out the official video via YouTube.
Whether enjoying success of battling failure, as Alley Cat has, Mama said there would be Days Like These.
Prominent American hip-hop producer and occasional rapper, Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs has landed in Jamaica as he’s teamed with the organizers of STING for a highly anticipated event taking place on Friday.
P Diddy, who arrived in the island today, recently joined forces with Supreme Promotions as they collaborated on creating the Bad Boys Clash, an event featuring sound clashes and a party to take place inside the Lime Light Entertainment complex in Half-Way-Tree. The news broke Thursday night when Supreme Promotions CEO, Isaiah Laing explained how this promotion came about to the Jamaica STAR.
“I am expecting that the whole Half-Way Tree gonna be in a frenzy tomorrow,” Laing told the STAR. “We (Supreme Promotions) were contacted yesterday by P Diddy and his team and we sorted stuff out and the permits and everything is already in place.”
P Diddy will share the Lime Light stage alongside Dancehall star, Tommy Lee Sparta and clash guru, Kiprich. Furthermore, the main event will feature a sound clash amongst four of Jamaica’s top sound system masters: Tony Matterhorn, Bass Odyssey, Foota Hype and Black Cat. The winner of this clash will emerge with a US$20,000 cash prize, doled out by Diddy himself.
Bad Boys Clash will commence tonight at 8 p.m. and is free to the public.
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