Leave the music out of politics - More calls for politicians to desist from using dancehall songs on campaign trail
Amid all the fanfare surrounding this year's general election, media personality/disc jockey DJ Lux is calling for politicians to desist from using dancehall and reggae music on their respective campaign trails if they are not willing to fight for the development of Jamaica's music.
According to Lux, the election campaigns are filled with irony and only show that different laws are used to govern the wealthy and the poor. The DJ pointed to issues like the Noise Abatement Act, visa cancellation, among other issues, that have plagued Jamaican artistes and event organisers.
The DJ believes that all the rules created by Jamaica's politicians have been ignored during the election campaign season so as to facilitate politicians and their campaigns.
"If you look at the political gatherings, they are always playing dancehall and reggae songs from the very artistes they chastise. They created the Noise Abatement Act, which is killing dancehall culture, and we still don't have an all-purpose entertainment venue. What have they done for the music? They don't deserve to use it to their benefit. Dem fi stop it, man! Some of these artistes have no visa and mi nuh hear a thing from the Government," he said.
Recording artiste Chronixx also chastised the Government for not creating a state-of-the-art entertainment venue during a speech at the University of the West Indies last year. However, unlike DJ Lux, the reggae artiste has been relatively quiet during the election period, perhaps still licking his wounds from the beating he received at the hands of public opinion for his comments made about President Barack Obama in 2015.
DJ Lux also commended the unseated Damion Crawford for his work to remedy some of the disadvantages of the Noise Abatement Act. He, however, believes that the modifications are inadequate.
"Crawford work to fix the situation because clearly he alone, and nobody else, understands like we do. But at the end of the day, you can see where the bigger heads tied his hands and he couldn't really fix things the right way. Dancehall still a suffer and police still a lock off people dance, even when you have your permit. But see the irony here, look at the big conference they held in the middle of the road in Half-Way Tree and also the one in Montego Bay, with loud music a beat and a disturb people, plus dem block the roads. Where was the Noise Abatement Act? And why weren't they forced to take the conference to the so-called 24-hour zones? Double standard at it's best. So you see, dem can do better for the music," he said.
The DJ also called on the Kingston & St Andrew Corporation to remove the political flags since event organisers are not allowed to promote their events without paying huge sums of money to the body. He also said political flags are more dangerous to citizens of Jamaica than posters and flyers.
However, Lux's issue with political flags is neither unique nor new to political discussions. In response to the decision of persons affiliated with political parties to erect flags along Mountain View Avenue in Kingston, Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown recently warned that the erecting of politically inspired flags is in breach of the political code of conduct. She also noted that steps would be taken to remove the flags since they are known to evoke intimidation.
"I'm extremely disappointed that this breach has been repeated, and letters are going to have to go out in relation to that," she said.
DJ Lux further argued that he was not going to vote in this year's election, citing that he has lost faith in the political process.