Mon | Dec 18, 2017

Bolster local reggae interests

Published:Monday | October 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

All musicians who create rhythms, beats, lyrics, etc, should automatically have their products registered and legally protected worldwide, at no cost, by an active permanent government body. All proceeds should be geared towards searching for these talented creators who deserve more rewards for advancing the world's best music.

This steady income will give these geniuses more time to create more new material and also refine and enhance reggae. Practically every country has people who adore our infectious and hypnotic music, and many of the best selectors and mixologists are from other countries. Foreign reggae bands that adapt and lighten the music are making fantastic fortunes from our invention.

I have many friends who are not touring anymore because the European tribesmen learned to play reggae and now import ONE dreadlocks to sing on their big shows! We have to insist on contracts that include all our own musicians.They have gone from U$500 per night to nothing, yet more reggae is being played by somebody else.

Wi affi tek dis ting seerus.

MICHAEL MARAGH