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Do you agree with these Caribbean islands banning Vybz Kartel and Mavado from performing on their shores?

A BARBADOS minister of government has moved to shut out toxic Jamaican dancehall music from his country.

Ronald Jones, the minister of education and human resource development, said the heavy diet of dancehall artistes performing in Barbados is an overkill and doing more harm than good.

"Even though we share the same Caribbean space, it does not mean we have to welcome everybody. Vybz Kartel and Mavado can stay in Jamaica," Jones said.

His statement came a day after the country's police commissioner denied the notorious Jamaican artistes permission to perform in the Caribbean nation.

"As a country, we must say enough is enough," the Barbados Nation quoted the minister as having said.

"This is Barbados. It must not go down the path of some other Caribbean societies. If reaching First-World status means we have to embrace all and sundry, then let us keep the status that we have," Jones added, according to the Nation.

The education minister said there was a linkage between dancehall music and some of the increasingly aggressive behaviour exhibited by young people in Barbados.

"Barbados is becoming loud, and some of our people are becoming uncaring, uncharitable. There are places in the Caribbean that they don't want Barbadians to come anymore. There are planes in the Caribbean that don't want to transport Barbadians to and from here. What is that saying?

"It is saying that we are loud and aggressive, but it is part and parcel of the diet that we are being fed as a people and as a nation. People like the music, so be it. But we don't need the transplantation of all the negativity that comes around that genre of music," Jones said.

Grange responds

Olivia Grange, minister of youth, sports and culture, responding to this latest saga in dancehall, said: "I am concerned and I have expressed concern about the content in some dancehall songs. I believe strongly in freedom of expression, but that comes with great responsibility. We can do without some of the lyrics, not only in dancehall recordings, but soca and hip hop too, and that is why we took steps to clean up the airwaves. This is an ongoing process."



Dancehall peaked in the mid -nineties, what passes now for music is just so much crap.Censorship is needed for the public airwaves. and i say let us who became of age in the 70's be the determinator of whats fit for airplay. radio would be worth listening to again...leroy


Unfortunately for us in the Caribbean, we have been led to believe that slackness and violence sell. Soca, dancehall and reggaeton are suffering as a result. Lest we forget, the English-speaking Caribbean is not the sum total of the Caribbean. Also, the minister in Barbados does not seem to realize that we live in a global village and that all he is trying to ban is readily available on the internet.


I hope Vybz Kartel is loving this , because when you in Jamaica and can do anything, for years look at how the country has deteroate so badly everyone do their own thing. When the Govt. ministers decided to act you find a lot of political persons saying it is not their business, but a good leader cannot be a follower and so the Govt. has acted. Women you do not have to degerade yourself by listening to these songs that style you as GALs. We had a former Leader who called the women of Jamaica Gals " man have more Gals" end of quote'.So women dont sing about gals or dance to song that called you Gals. Please self respect is Important


The minister is right on target. Coarseness doled out as music can only beget coarseness in daily living when it is accepted as the norm.

It takes everyone in a society to set the tone for life in that society. People cannot work at cross purposes and expect positive results. The minister has spoken. Now others--parents, teachers, the media, and the religious community--should follow, not only with words, but also with actions that demonstrate that they are serious about having a better quality of life than is being promulgated in dancehall music. Expectations matter, but expectations must be backed up by positive action. The minister has initiated the process by calling for the exclusion of dancehall music from the country. This may seem harsh to some, but it is necessary. Now respopnsible citizens must join in by keeping their money in their pockets and not buy the recordings or attend the concerts where these artistes perform.

Some may say it's a matter of taste, and everyone is entitled to his or her own musical preferences. But taste is something that is cultivated, and we can learn to cultivate an appreciation for something higher and nobler than what is fed to the populace in dancehall.


I am a Jamaican living in London. I an 1000% glad that Barbados has taken such a stance. all countries in the world should so and ban These so called artistes, degrading noise that some Jamaicans believe is music.
Good on you Minister, I wish every country in the first world would ban them too. It would make me proud to be a Jamaican at long last


Olivia Grange is subtly taking a swipe at soca music, but the people in soca music countries know the songs are written within a context - culturally understood. Do not mix it with violence that many dancehall songs transcend, and do not try to impose your values on others. Commendations to you Mr. Jones, if it is ok for Jamaica, let Jamaica hug it up. You, sir, have a right to dictate what comes into your country in the guise of music. Don't like it, by all means reject it - that is your prerogative


We as a nation also need to take a look at Dance Hall and determine if the contents are suitable for our consumption. We need to conduct a study to determine the effects of this type of music and lyrics is taking us any where as a Nation. Several persons have claimed that this type of music and lyrics leads to aggressive behaviour and that a signigicant number of criminal activities results from interaction with this type of music. Several claim that the recent spate of violent activities by children in schools is as a result of exposure to dance hall music and lyrics.
My opinion, we need to re-engineer dance hall to make it palitable by removing the aggressive tones that it embraces (we may have to give it another name). In the mean time we need to remove it from the airwaves.


Well said Barbados,these so call entertainers are nothing but hooligans who can thing of nothing but garbage .They have a large audience who think just like them,hence their success in selling what passes off as music or entertainment.Entertainers should have a minimum level of education.Some of these Jamaican entertainers would do well to go back to school to get an elementary level of education.


YES MAN! I AM A JAMAICAN, STILL A PROUD ONE! THOUGH HAVE NEVER AND WILL NEVER SUPPORT THE DEBASED STANCE IN WHICH MY FELLOW NATIVES HAVE 'CHOSEN.' It is a choice and clearly MOST of these Dance Hall Artists have chosen to smear our culture any chance they get to!





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Comment by Gee Kay on March 28, 2010 at 12:23am
I have read most of the comments and I agree with some of what is being said. The music in Barbados can be distasteful too. However, what Vybze and some other copycats are doing is so blatant. It takes away any guessing as to the content of their music. The other issue is that despite the fact that many say we control what we buy and read and hear, it is quite difficult when the music is so accessible to our youngsters. I remember my young sister coming home from school singing a song I never played and when I asked where she heard it, she said at school. They had a free period and kids were allowed to listen to music and no one checked the content.
Comment by Gee Kay on March 28, 2010 at 12:14am
I agree with the Minister. If everyone took a stand like this our society would not be so void of respect for mankind, appreciation for women and the classrooms would be filled with less distractions. I am a Jamaican and I am indeed embarrassed by the content of many of these vulgar and demeaning music that exist now.
Comment by Stacey-Ann on March 25, 2010 at 2:20pm
I totally agree with the minister of Barbados. I am a Jamaican and music does influence society as a whole. I wish Jamaica would make a stand to band or fine those dancehall artists whose lyrics degrade women or incite violence towards others.
Comment by ATIBA on March 25, 2010 at 6:27am
Download this song about love - share the link with friends - see how far it goes - -
Comment by ATIBA on March 25, 2010 at 6:18am
I have to say that as an artist myself. It is really difficult to break through when you are not talking about the same things that many dance hall artists are talking about. I grew up in and in between Duhaney Park, Ja. and Brooklyn. I've seen a lot in my time, but I choose to talk about love and social/political issues. Now a days it seems as if it is square to talk about those things in our music. Seems like young folk have been brainwashed to think that you have to demean women or gain success by sales of drugs. I hope young men don't gauge their manhood by what they hear in these songs. I believe an artist should be true to who they are. Their music should me a mesh of their experiences and inspirations. Some take it too far. I feel as if no one wants to be responsible for what they say/write/sing. With any kind of power there needs to be responsibility. I hope more artists realize the power that they yield and become more responsible for it..
I also hope dj's play more music from local, national, new, old, relevant artists that are trying to push the culture and their people forward..

blessings and guidance - Atiba
Comment by major blue on March 24, 2010 at 10:11am
when people a sing sweet nanananaaa,on how u expect we fi survive when politition come in on trick we,or f*** up di p****.on gun shot fi bad but when hiphop on soca a play it good.look on biggy smalls song bout,beef f*** di kids dem in da ass on thow dem over di brige.den rihana she with russian roulette, a dem song da need more don banned.f*** barbados a dem hiphop on bad soca song da dem fi play on do russian roulette down da yea.
Comment by GGGIAN1 on March 24, 2010 at 3:56am

Comment by kitty c on March 23, 2010 at 12:39am
VYBZ KARTEL I truly believe should be banned from all Jamaican radio stations.....I believe this man was sexually abuse growing up as a kid. I cant see how one man just constantly think about sex 24-7. Every song he sings is degrading women.....and the funny thing is these women are in the clubs whining and lately even having sex on the dance floor.....People look what our reggae music has gone to! I agree with the other commentors about the Bajans, they not innocent black carribean people being led by our music. Have their Minister taken some time out to listen to the contents of their music? Its the music everywhere, slack and rude....The minister should pay attention to little Miss Rihanna, she's becoming a hot mess.
She's not any better.....The Bajan men in the clubs are even worst than the women, have you been to one of those Trini fetes? Those women are rude. It's the generation we are in. .....Oonu give Jamaicans a break!!!!!!!!
Comment by Tracy Morgan-Forte on March 22, 2010 at 8:34am
"Barbados is becoming loud, and some of our people are becoming uncaring, uncharitable. There are places in the Caribbean that they don't want Barbadians to come anymore. There are planes in the Caribbean that don't want to transport Barbadians to and from here. What is that saying?" Give me a break!! In case some people haven't noticed, most of these "loud" Barbadians are ADULTS! I've seen with my own eyes some grown men and women getting on ridiculously in public - so can you imagine what their children are seeing at home? I've seen parents encouraging toddlers and very young children in "wukking up" on each other, talking about "Cuh dear, they look too cute" - CUTE?? And then they wanna turn around and say the youth this, the youth that, the youth are slack and rude - check yourself first.
Comment by Tracy Morgan-Forte on March 22, 2010 at 8:28am
I agree with Karen Smith - people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Every generation has its artists who are deemd to be turning the youth to ruin and influencing them negatively. From Elvis Presley to Millie Jackson to Marvin Gaye to James Brown to Parliament. Hell, even old soca music had its downcriers back in the day, same way it has them now. Bottom line: parents, control your children - establish yourself as the law in your household, explain A from B and jack them up if they start to move wrong. Keeping an artist out of the island isn't gonna stop the music from being heard so face it head on and talk to your children about it. Yes, it takes a village to raise a child, but the foundation is still at home.

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