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.
In part, Bunting pointed to Jamaica’s affection for anti-heroes, explaining, in part, the root of rebellion that exists within the island.
“I think that a national hero that we haven’t named officially is ‘Anansi,’ because Jamaicans seem to love… an anti-authoritarian element in our culture,” he said.
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.Click Here To Read More