Up-and-coming dancehall artiste throws out stereotypes
Everyone everywhere will agree that Jamaica's dancehall industry has become very dark and negative. Scroll through any social-media platform and you will find dancehall pictures and videos of half-naked women, demonic figures and violent images. These presentations have angered many and positioned dancehall music as something not to be desired by well-thinking persons.
Fast-rising dancehall artiste Karamanti says she is very much aware of the way the industry is viewed, and as such, she is deliberate about the songs she writes and the way she presents herself.
On the surface, the Jamaican native looks and sounds a lot like the other women in the genre. However, pay attention to her and you will quickly see that she is quite different.
On top of rugged, hardcore dancehall beats, Karamanti talks about the importance of women covering themselves, not having casual sex and believing and trusting God.
She speaks about the injustices going on in the ghettos of Jamaica and bashes the country's major political parties for the wrongs they've done.
Despite the difference, the dancehall community seems receptive to Karamanti.
Whenever she performs, she is asked for an encore, her videos are on regular rotation on the music channels in Jamaica, and her songs are being played both on radio and in the sessions.
It is for these reasons that Karamanti feels confident about her ability to change the image of Jamaica's dancehall industry.
She says that because she is accepted, the onus is now on her to be consistent in the delivery of positive music and images to the masses.
Admitting that this can sometimes be challenging, the Kingstonian says she "is up for the challenge, because I cannot wait for someone else to do something that I am in a position to do myself".
More information on this dynamic woman is available on her website at www.karamantimusic.com