While the Jamaican police has routinely singled out individual dancehall artists for the out of control crime in the country, the Prime Minister has up the ante by blaming an entire section of the dancehall culture for the high crime rate on the island.
Andrew Holness, speaking at a Jamaica Labour Party meeting at Rusea’s High School in Lucea, Hanover, on Sunday, said that while he has nothing against dancehall, he believes that daggering dances in particular contribute largely to the violence in the country.
“The guys who are doing this daggering dance, they are creative, but, they need to understand that what they are projecting into the minds of our children is that violence is acceptable,” Holness said.
“We cannot allow violence to take away our true culture and that is being projected as the culture of Jamaica. We must stand up, talk to the entertainers, talk to the promoters,” he added.
Many in the dancehall fraternity are disagreeing with the Prime Minister and are publicly voicing their disagreement.
“The amount of daggering is a small fraction compared to a few years ago. The majority of dancing in dancehall is done now by dancers doing routines,” DJ said.
The Broadcasting Commission, in 2009, imposed a ban on daggering songs on radio and television.
Since then, daggering has been replaced by several new dance moves, some of which include aggressive but artistic pounding of women by a male counterpart.
Stop putting blame on our music and start holding people accountable for their own behaviour and actions,” recording artist, Razor B said.
Andrew Holness’ comments come on the heel of promoters in the United Kingdom complaining that certain club owners were banning dancehall from playing in their establishments.