Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, does not believe dancehall should be censored, including music from the incarcerated Vybz Kartel. The prime minister wants to ensure the Jamaican people that there will be absolutely no censorship of Jamaican culture including dancehall and songs released by Vybz Kartel.
The Prime Minister is of the belief that it is education and not censorship that will be able to help combat possible negative messages from the music. He believes the solution it to teach the youth how to separate entertainment from reality so that they don’t emulate and practice what they hear in the lyrics from dancehall artists.
The prime minister made his thoughts public after former Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, raised concerns about Vybz Kartel recording in prison and called for a ban of the incarcerated deejay’s music from the airwaves.
A week prior to Hanna’s suggestions, the Prime Minister said that dancehall music was somewhat responsible for the rampant violence plaguing Jamaica.
The Prime minister change of tune might be due to the fact of how unpopular Hanna’s suggestions were to the point of her even receiving multiple death threats.