While others are celebrating a resurgence of reggae/dancehall music back to the mainstream, Ninjaman is saying not so fast.
The dancehall veteran, who was recently release from jail on bail, says the music is on life support.
“Reggae/dancehall music is dead. As a matter of fact it is holding on to a tiny string,” Ninjaman said.
“The persons who are responsible for the downfall of it are the artistes and producers who are shortchanging it,” he added.
Ninjaman said he is looking to start a movement of contemporary dancehall artistes to build on the legacy of the late reggae legend Bob Marley.
“A hip-hop or R&B artiste can release one single and earn millions. We on the other hand make numerous albums and barely earn a cent,” Ninja said. “We are doing something wrong. We can’t expect to do the same things and get different results. No longer are artistes concentrating on carrying on the legacy that Bob Marley left.”
Ninjaman, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, along with his son, Janiel Ballentine, were granted bail after spending 3 years in jail on a murder charge.
His trial date is set for July 16.