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Jamaica could completely lose its grip on Reggae and Dancehall in another decade, if so long. And that is a conservative estimate. If nothing is done to stem the tide of the decline now Reggae and Dancehall music, two distinctly Jamaican made cultural products, could forever disappear into the generic space called ‘World Music’.

Article: ‘Jamaican Culture’ in Europe: SummerJam 2010 (Part One)

‘Jamaican Culture’ in Europe: SummerJam 2010 (Part One)
Below is the first in a two part installment in what will hopefully become a space to critique and build on the strengths of Jamaican music. Your critical feedback is welcomed.

Jamaica could completely lose its grip on Reggae and Dancehall in another decade, if so long. And that is a conservative estimate. If nothing is done to stem the tide of the decline now Reggae and Dancehall music, two distinctly Jamaican made cultural products, could forever disappear into the generic space called ‘World Music’. Without due acknowledgement and sufficient context, Jamaica’s legacy as the musical capital of the world is clearly under threat.

Complex Factors/ Gay Lobby
The decline is the result of a complex set of factors. Chief among them the coordinated attacks by the international gay lobby coupled with the use of effective media campaigns and unofficial political and economic blockades. The Jamaican music industry is in deep trouble, as a result.
Foreign Reggae

Indeed, the development of other forms of Reggae music across the globe while obviously a testament to the reach and coverage of Jamaican music, should nonetheless be cause for concern for local artistes and producers. In fact, the SummerJam Reggae Festival held in Cologne, Germany is a telling example of some of these development. Among others, there was a noticeable absence of big named Jamaican acts at the July 2-4 show. Underlining in the process, the extent to which foreign produced Reggae/ Dancehall shows are able to successfully organise themselves without the heavy involvement of Jamaican artistes.

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Mp3: Teflon - Fire is burning - click to listen to dancehall track

Mp3: Teflon – Fire is burning

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Video: Zj Liquid - "Party Hard" - Click to watch dancehall video

Video: Zj Liquid – “Party Hard”

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Video: Sean Kingston ft. Nicki Minaj- Letting Go (Dutty Love)

Video: Sean Kingston ft. Nicki Minaj- Letting Go (Dutty Love) Teaser

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Mp3: Filip Filipi feat Kardinal Offishall and Gappy Ranks - Action - Click to listen

Mp3: Filip Filipi feat Kardinal Offishall and Gappy Ranks – Action

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Mp3: Love Is - Courtney John - Click to listen to dancehall track

Mp3: Love Is – Courtney John

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Video: JAH CURE: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE - Official Video, Click t watch

Video: JAH CURE: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

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Mp3: ONLY U - BARRINGTON LEVY & SHAGGY  - Click to listen and download

Mp3: ONLY U – BARRINGTON LEVY & SHAGGY

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USHER, CHRIS BROWN AND ELEPHANT MAN PERFORMING AT SUMFEST 2010 - Click to watch video

USHER, CHRIS BROWN AND ELEPHANT MAN PERFORMING AT SUMFEST 2010

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Mp3: Wayne Marshall Feat Rihanna & Mavado  - (Champion Squad & Kalibandulu REMIX) - My Heart Lies - Click to listen and download

Mp3: Wayne Marshall Feat Rihanna & Mavado – My Heart Lies (Champion Squad & Kalibandulu REMIX)

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Mp3: ELEPHANT MAN - STEP OVER - Click to listen and download

Mp3: ELEPHANT MAN – STEP OVER

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WORLD PREMIERE: Shyne feat The Notorious B.I.G. & Bob Marley “Belize”

WORLD PREMIERE: Shyne feat The Notorious B.I.G. & Bob Marley “Belize”

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Video: Zumjay - Move It Around  - Click to watch video

Video: Zumjay – Move It Around

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Mp3: TEAIRRA MARI FT MAVADO - COINS - Click to listen and download

Mp3: TEAIRRA MARI FT MAVADO – COINS

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Brown surprises audience with onstage appearance during Usher's set at Reggae SumFest. www.mtv.com

Chris Brown And Usher Unite Onstage In Jamaica

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While Chris Brown has always made it clear that he looks to Michael Jackson for inspiration, there are nearly as many parallels to be made between Brown and Usher. And last weekend, Breezy joined Usher on stage during the Reggae SumFest 2010 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The duo wowed audiences in the concluding night of the festival.

Brown had already performed his own set on Friday, tearing through songs like “Run It” and “Forever” and showing off his formidable dancing skills. But it was his surprise appearance during Usher’s set the following day that really set the crowd off. According to TheChrisBrownBlog.com, the two were also joined onstage by Elephant Man and later engaged in a dance-off.

Video footage from the performance had not surfaced online at press time, but photos reveal the two singing together and even showing some affection with an onstage hug.

Brown took to Twitter Saturday to thank Jamaica. “I wanna thank you Jamaica for your wonderful embrace last night at the show,” he wrote. “Next time well do passa passa … lmao … (oh hell naw). Love ya!”

Later on Saturday, he tweeted about performing with Usher. “Me and Usher killin Jamaica right now,” he wrote.

When Chris burst on the music scene five years ago, he was overcome with excitement when meeting Usher. “To see him face-to-face, I was like, ‘OK, Chris, it’s gonna be all right, just chill out right quick. You about to do the song, man, don’t be no punk,’ ” Brown told MTV News about recording a song that was later featured in Usher’s 2005 film “In the Mix.”

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STREET SWAG RIDDIM - Laden | Chino | Elephant Man | Stephen Di Genius | Aidonia  - Click to listen and download

STREET SWAG RIDDIM – Laden | Chino | Elephant Man | Stephen Di Genius | Aidonia

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Chino – “Number 1″

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Mavado – “When the Eden Rise”
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Laden – “Roll Up”
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Elephant Man – “Naah Stand up”
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Stephen Di Genius – “Dont Cry”
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Aidonia – “Whine Mi Love”
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