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Why I dislike dancehall

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2015 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I read with interest the letter of Jamaican Girl who seems burdened by the fact that the more refined people in the population do not welcome dancehall.

I am a Jamaican and I consider myself one of those refined people who seem to concern Jamaican Girl because I do not like dancehall.

My dislike of dancehall is based on my sense of aesthetics, plus, I find dancehall rhythms repetitive and boring and the lyrics vulgar and in poor taste. The lyrics often order women around as if they are playthings with men screaming at 'gyals' to do this, do that, wine, don't wine, bruk it down or don't bruk it down, and the list goes on and on.

There is more to my life than titillating men, and dancehall's focus on titillating men makes it most unattractive to me. Frankly, not all aspects of our culture reflect the best that is in us as a people, and dancehall, to me, does not reflect the best of what we have to offer as a society.

MARTHA BRAE