Music's power for good or bad
The Editor, Sir:
The power of music has had a profound effect on our people or culture. In Jamaica, we have seen the effect of the music of two popular deejays Adidjah Palmer, aka Vybz Kartel, and David Brooks, aka Mavado, on our society especially on some of our youths.
Although some will deny that they are to be blamed for the degradation of some of our young people, we cannot ignore the influence that they have generated with their music. With regard to Vybz Kartel especially, certainly he has some good tracks, but for the most part, his music has lowered the standards that we can expect from today's musicians.
Recently, he was banned from performing in St Lucia because of his lyrics. The free movement of people is essential to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) but, "it is the right of every nation state to decide who can enter and stay in its territory and under what conditions."
Several member states of the United Nations have implemented a tough immigration policy that affected nationals from other Caribbean countries, including Jamaica. While not attempting to give my support to those who have imposed a ban on Jamaican entertainers, I strongly believe that some are fearful of the repercussion of accommodating some of Jamaica's young entertainers.
During the late 1990s for example, several Florida venues were closed to dancehall music because of security concerns. The Bicentennial Park, CB Smith Park and the Labour Temple are three venues that were closed to dancehall musicians because of disruptive behaviour displayed by Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals.
I do believe that if several of our dancehall artistes should clean up their acts, introduce clean lyrics, display acceptable stage behaviours and become role models to the youths, not only in Jamaica, but other parts of the Caribbean, then the bans would be lifted.
The free movement of people within the CSME is a privilege that should not be taken for granted.
I am, etc: