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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."

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

IT IS SAD WHEN SCHOOL CHILDREN SING ALOUD LYRICS WORD FOR WORD AND ASK THEM OF 'TODAY'S' LESSONS........ MUTE!

JAMAICA NEEDS TO TAKE DRASTIC MEASURES! TRUTH BE TOLD, JLP HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CLEAN THIS UP! IT MAY TAKE SOME TIME TO COMPLETE THIS 'DAMAGE CONTROL!' IT WILL BE DONE!

THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT DO THIS ON THEIR OWN, AS INVIDUALS WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT WE PURCHASE, LISTEN TO, WATCH AND ALLOW AROUND OUR CHILDREN!

TAKE ACTION NOW!!!

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Comment by Gideon Charles on March 21, 2010 at 2:19pm
Mr. Ronald Jones the Minister of Education in Barbados is correct in his statement. It's without question that the lyrics in some of the music by our Caribbean neighbors are degrading, humiliating, irrelevant and need sensorship. As a Trinidad, I am convinced that the majority of the crime thats occuring in Trinidad (which is out of control) and around the Caribbean has some significance to the music that being played on the airwaves. Not only are the lyrics dispicable, but the way many of these artistes dress and speak says volumes to our young society. Vybes Kartel, Movado and others from Jamaica, Trinidad and throughout the Caribbean and internationally continue to incite the illusional thinking of the youths and in order to take back the negative thinking, the government must take quick action in eradicating the music and I applaud what Mr Jones has done. I could only hope that the government of Trinidad and Tobago take the same stand to stop this kind of conduct and behavior by local and regional artistes.
Comment by TEKNITION on March 21, 2010 at 1:49am
EXCELLENT BARBADOS like u we in GREENZ banning them as well this whole thing has become a virus that has spread throughout the Caribbean i think that there more Gaza and gully sides in Grenada that Jamaica has and kids a seriously defending they stances i have watched too much violence start because of this music ( THIS IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT FOR THE BOUNTY / BEENIE FEUD which was mostly lyrical) we need to stop it and stop it now as a region PLEASE CARIBBEAN WAKE UP OR ELSE !!!
Comment by Marlon brown on March 21, 2010 at 1:14am
"Karen " no matter how clean your house hold is kids are going go to school , walking on the streets and also hear about these songs from friend so the music might not be the only contributing factor but it does have more impact than many other things in our society, Do remember music is like a second nature, My 11 month old baby boy cant talk nor can he walk properly yet but he dances and smile when ever I turn on some music. Music is life keep it clean
Comment by karen smith on March 21, 2010 at 12:48am
Maybe they shopuld ban Rihanna, Have you heard her latest song? isn't she from there?
Comment by karen smith on March 21, 2010 at 12:46am
Vybez and movado are NOT the only artist out there that need "cleaning up" Caribbean music has sexual innuendo through most of it..And maybe parents should be more into what their children are doing, that's not the artist responsibility. Parents need to go back to square one and look at there house hold, how is the Man Treating his Woman are they loving? Do they go to church? I grew up in a loving home with my grand parents and I never cursed until I came to the USA and there was "bad music" around then, it's all in the upbringing.
Comment by Marlon brown on March 20, 2010 at 9:33pm
Vybes Kartel and Movado is the worse thing that has happened to Jamaica music and more blame should be held against Vybes Kartel because he is more educated and intellectual than Movado also his vocabulary is much wider, so this means he know how to do better.

In Movado's case I would say he doesn't know any better and and his vocabulary is centered around what he has experienced in his life war, guns, gully police brutality and all the other things that people are exposed to in the ghetto. If you don't share the same opinion go to Youtube and check out an interview with either artists.

There is no way the government of another country is going to feel please about artists like these coming to there country and intoxicating the minds of the people, I would do the same. Think of the country as a household , would you allow your kids to listen these songs, all you hear is Gun shot, blood, pu$$y, F@c*, Death, Kill, AK47.

Take these words out of their vocabularys and we have no more Movado, and for Vybes Kartel would be struggling to find a Hit song.
Words are powerful use them wisely, and positively.
Comment by Yahzequel Ben Israel on March 20, 2010 at 7:03pm
ban them yes all they rap about satan works, these guys are freemason sold out to satan.i hope they wake up soon and repent of their sins .see website my black people www.hebrewisraelite.org. amein its time to wake from babylon mindset .
Comment by Dj G-LOK on March 20, 2010 at 3:00pm
IT IS SAD WHEN SCHOOL CHILDREN SING ALOUD LYRICS WORD FOR WORD AND ASK THEM OF 'TODAY'S' LESSONS........ MUTE!
Havent you heard this when you were growing up with then Yellow Man to Shabba ?? The Police Commissioner asked the promoters to rethink by the way.
Comment by Sasha Lawla on March 20, 2010 at 2:47pm
I totally agree artistes have a responsibility to the people in any country and the govt. is responsible for their country... well done barbados... wish Jamaican govt. would take a page plus every other country and see if they would not be forced to comply....corrupting youths minds, why? ...let them be kids pleaase!!!

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