Jamaica: Arrest of reggae musician sparks censorship debate

12 April 2012

  The arrest of dancehall artist Vybz Kartel, who is charged with murder, has sparked a debate over whether restrictions should be placed on of music with violent content. Vybz Kartel (real name: Adidja Palmer), arguably Jamaica’s most popular dancehall artist, was arrested on 29 September 2011 and charged with …

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Jamaica: Ban on violent and explicit sexual lyrics

4 October 2010

A government-led crackdown on violent and explicit sexual lyrics seems to have stalled reggae music’s 20-year slide into what has been dubbed “murder music,” wrote Zadie Neufville from Kingston on 14 September 2010. In February 2009 the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica banned all songs with violent and explicit sexual lyrics …

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Denmark/ Jamaica: Controversy over Jamaican reggae star’s concert

21 October 2009

Prior to his concert in Copenhagen on 19 October 2009 reggae star Sizzla was quoted in a Danish newspaper interview as confirming his anti-homosexual viewpoints. Because of this the local music venue where the concert was about to take place threatened to cancel it, and in the medai, several city …

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Jamaica/USA: Buju Banton has US tour canceled by promoters

7 September 2009

The concert promoters Live Nation and AEG canceled shows by the Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton after protests from gay rights advocacy organisations over the singer’s homophobic song lyrics, The Los Angeles Times reported. Buju Banton’s scheduled shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston …

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Denmark/Jamaica: University thesis on dancehall reggae and homophobia

20 May 2009

 Johannes Frandsen Skjelbo, a student of University of Copenhagen, has written an analysis of Jamaican music culture in a postcolonial context, with a view to the Danish reception of Jamaican music. It was published in Danish language in March 2009. The thesis seeks to investigate the relations between dancehall music, …

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Jamaica: Dancehall artist banned for his ‘gangsta lyrics’

28 April 2008

In January 2008, a performance by the Jamaican dancehall artist Mavado was banned by authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In April, a concert in Guyana was banned by the government. Police officials are concerned about Mavado’s lyrics which are considered to be too violent. On 19 January 2008, …

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Jamaica/USA: Boundaries of freedom of musical expression examined

22 January 2008

The boundaries of free speech in today’s popular music culture are to be examined in a tv programme recorded in New York, USA, on 7 February 2008, announced the Government of Jamaica in a press release. The panel discussion is entitled: ‘Censorship vs. Free Speech: Where do we draw the …

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Jamaica: Dancehall star signs the Reggae Compassionate Act

9 August 2007

Reggae and dancehall star Buju Banton is the fourth artist to sign the ‘Reggae Compassionate Act’ – a part of the gay rights campaign ‘Stop Murder Music’. Other artists, such as Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton, have already signed the act, reported UK Gay News and British newspapers. By Kristina …

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Jamaica: School principal wants ‘negative songs’ banned

24 April 2006

The principal of the Mona High School in Kingston has called for the banning of songs with lyrical contents that have a negative impact on the youth, reports The Jamaica Observer   In a speech made at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association’s conference on classroom behaviour management, held in Ocho Rios …

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