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    ...And in Barbados.(no reegae/dancehall)

    during Cropover..

    "SPOUGE BEAT SWEET AND I WANNA DANCE, BUT YOU JESS WUN GIMME UH CHANCE."




    The playing of reggae and dancehall music has been suspended in Barbados. The suspension began on June 1 and will end in the first week of August to facilitate Crop Over.

    Those that control the policies of the Barbados music industry are hoping that Bajans will be consuming more of their culture from the media during that period.

    The Gleaner contacted members of Jamaica's music industry to get their opinion on the ban and, interestingly, the move has been applauded.

    According to promoter/artiste manager Heavy D, Jamaica needs to pay more attention to its genres instead of focusing its attention on foreign music.

    "I see Barbados lock off reggae and dancehall. I called to promote a song and they told me reggae and dancehall will not be played during this season. Suh why Jamaica can't duh dat? Wi love to fight against our own t'ings too much. If Barbados government can get involved and ban outside music for three months, why we can't even do it for one month straight and showcase musicians, reggae and dancehall?" Heavy D said.

    Ruddy Isaacs, brother and former manager of late reggae icon, Gregory Isaacs, shares a similar view. He believes the Jamaican government should be more involved in regulating the amount of foreign music played on local radio.

    However, artistes should also defend their work.

    "I support Barbados and this move to play neither reggae nor dancehall. It's now time for us to do the same thing in Reggae Month and on Reggae Day. I think the artistes need to start standing up for themselves because our local radio not playing reggae enough to make an impact. The only time most of these reggae artistes have mouth is when they are speaking out against homosexuality. Barbados is looking out for their culture because they can't afford to allow dancehall and reggae to upstage them during their festive season," he said.

    Isaacs also blasted the Jamaican government, which he says is only focused on turning off entertainment events instead of contributing to their preservation and development.

    "It's up to us to protect our culture; the government should take a page from Barbados' book. They keep talking about Brand Jamaica. But what are they doing except walk and lock down dance at midnight? Right now Jamaica pays more royalties to foreign music than it does local music. A things like dat dem fi sort out," Isaacs said.

    In the meantime, Bajan disc jockey 'DJ Indian' says the suspension of reggae and dancehall music is not intended to be disrespectful to Jamaican music.

    "This policy has been around for years. We are paying attention to our own local music during Crop Over. It brings in tourists and builds the carnival feeling. Already we see where it is working, because it gets people into the carnival mood, so right now it's 100 per cent soca. I would not keep a reggae show in Barbados during this season, because it wouldn't work. We might feature Aidonia or RDX, but aside from that, it's just soca. It's nothing to be taken personally by Jamaicans, but every country has their rules. Reggae rules our airwaves for the rest of the year," the 98.7 FM Bajan DJ said.

    Andrea Davis, the organiser of International Reggae Day, observed annually on the first of July, also supported the move by the Bajans.

    She pointed out that the media in other Caribbean islands have recognised the need to protect their culture, especially during the climax of their respective festive seasons.

    She pointed out that the Government of Jamaica and the Broadcasting Commission share the responsibility of advocating on behalf of Jamaica's creativity and entrepreneurs.

    According to Davis, whether through strategic alliances or compulsory means, their role is to ensure that Jamaican music does not become lost in globalisation, technological and/or cultural revolutions.

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    Davis is, therefore, encouraging the Jamaican media to make an effort to endorse Jamaican music on International Reggae Day.

    "International Reggae Day, July 1, invites all media and all Jamaicans to wear their reggae colours and do their part to protect, preserve, promote, and celebrate the best of Jamaica's music and its impact on the world with your favourite media house," said Davis.

    "I do believe that Jamaican media should embrace the opportunity presented by International Reggae Day and Reggae Month to saturate the 'ear-space' with airplay worthy music from all the sounds of Jamaica ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall, nyabinghi, kumina, mento, and our own interpretations of gospel, jazz and rock," she said.

    Crop Over is a traditional festival which began in Barbados, having had its early beginnings on the sugar cane plantations during the colonial period. The festival was originally a celebration signalling the end of the yearly sugar cane harvest. However, it has since evolved into Barbados' biggest national festival, similar to carnivals in Trinidad and Brazil.
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    this is the dumbest thing i ever hear for several reasons

    1) Why would Barbados ban Reggae and Dancehall and not Soca while both are FOREIGN music?

    2) Why would they ban Reggae/Dancehall while most of the songs the present crop of "soca" artists in Barbados music sounding like Dancehall?

    3) They might as well say they banning Jamaican music and not Reggae/Dancehall because they will have to ban their own Reggae/Dancehall music because Bajans making Dancehall/Reggae music too. Lil Rick, Dutty Android and most of them barely sing Soca. Its almost laughable when people rate Lil Rick as a Soca artist.

    4)Why some small island countries feel that Soca is their culture but Reggae is not? While Dancehall/Reggae is inbedded into the fabric of their societies.



    THIS WHOLE THING MAKES ZERO SENSE.
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    Great move only if it includes other genres.........and the music should be regulated during the rest of the year to make sure 90% is local music
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    why not folks free to do what they wanna...
    I personally say fukk anyone who agrees and fukk dat place...
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    Why is the government regulating the expression of art? What type of draconian bullshit is this. Shame on Barbados!!!!!!


    The country hasn't even fully recovered from the global recession, and it has time to legislate what people can play or can not play through their speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWAGGERIFIC View Post
    this is the dumbest thing i ever hear for several reasons

    1) Why would Barbados ban Reggae and Dancehall and not Soca while both are FOREIGN music?

    2) Why would they ban Reggae/Dancehall while most of the songs the present crop of "soca" artists in Barbados music sounding like Dancehall?

    3) They might as well say they banning Jamaican music and not Reggae/Dancehall because they will have to ban their own Reggae/Dancehall music because Bajans making Dancehall/Reggae music too. Lil Rick, Dutty Android and most of them barely sing Soca. Its almost laughable when people rate Lil Rick as a Soca artist.

    4)Why some small island countries feel that Soca is their culture but Reggae is not? While Dancehall/Reggae is inbedded into the fabric of their societies.



    THIS WHOLE THING MAKES ZERO SENSE.

    let me get this straight... because we weren't the originators of soca, reggae and dance hall... that we shouldn't protect our artist during crop over time so they can have the maximum during the season...

    I got you... smh...
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    Dev, it would make sense if you would post the link to the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buhbayduss View Post
    let me get this straight... because we weren't the originators of soca, reggae and dance hall... that we shouldn't protect our artist during crop over time so they can have the maximum during the season...

    I got you... smh...
    Barbados has Reggae/Dancehall artists of its own. You want to desert them as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buhbayduss View Post
    let me get this straight... because we weren't the originators of soca, reggae and dance hall... that we shouldn't protect our artist during crop over time so they can have the maximum during the season...

    I got you... smh...
    no my friend its not about being the originators, so they giving Soca/Calypso artists a free meal ticket during cropover while Bajan music now sounding like Reggae/Dancehall fusion more than anything! So it would be safe to say they are banning Jamaican music, because how is it local music when you can put on the radio and hear music from Trinidad and other islands at any given time, so because its Soca its supposedly more accepted than Dancehall?

    Reggae/Dancehall is inbedded in Bajan music culture. It always was, from Jackie Opel, who was instrumental in the Reggae movement come right back to now.

    So Marzville, Dutty Android, Lil Rick and others are not played at this time?
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    I've come to the realization that some Bajans have the penchant to be xenophobic people. The way they treat the Guyanese immigrants and their war against Jamaican music

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    I don't think reggae is the only target by the Bajans, they want to oust all outside music. there was a big ting bout Machel taking over the frontline in barbadus a while back. I think the fight is more a local music/artist thing. If the outside gonna overshadow the local artists we gotta put a lock on it, we showcasting barbados nothing else. The promoters looking to fatten their pockets deh doh cater bout wha local or regional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notorious saga View Post
    I don't think reggae is the only target by the Bajans, they want to oust all outside music. there was a big ting bout Machel taking over the frontline in barbadus a while back. I think the fight is more a local music/artist thing. If the outside gonna overshadow the local artists we gotta put a lock on it, we showcasting barbados nothing else. The promoters looking to fatten their pockets deh doh cater bout wha local or regional.
    dont matter what they do or say, During Cropover Bajans like foreign ting more dan dem own ting by far

    every single fete dey have headline by a Trini artiste, so how dey keeping the ting local?

    the only Bajan artist that really sell off to Bajans right now is Lil Rick, the youths not really feeling the new crop of artistes they have so they need to do some reflection and come back again.
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    tough one. "banning" has a nasty ring to it but i understand what the bajans are trying to do.

    Didn't realize that the land of reggae had issues with media playing too much foreign music as well. So the trinis are not alone in this regard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by optimizm View Post
    Barbados has Reggae/Dancehall artists of its own. You want to desert them as well?
    the bottom line is the local artists will be aired... at this time of the season. ..
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