Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness continues to catch more heat from dancehall fans following a recent meeting with artists Agent Sasco and Ce’Cile.
Last week, the PM angered dancehall fans when he made a statement at a political rally that the culture of daggering is directly correlated with the crime epidemic in Jamaica. “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,” the PM said.
Holness posted a photo with Sasco and Ce’Cile with the caption, “I recently sat down with @AgentSasco and @badgyalcecile We discussed dancehall, what can be done to improve the industry and more.” Some dancehall leave comments under the posts saying he should focus on economic development and crime and leave the music alone.
“Leave Dancehall to sort itself out,” one fan wrote. “It did in the 90s when one of its more influential persona Buju Banton surprised every one in and outside of Dancehall and became a Rastafarian and with it brought the philosophy that projected through his music consciousness and Irie musical content.”
Other dancehall fans think its a good move by the PM to engage with the dancehall community and note that other politicians should take note. Somehow this seems like a shot at Lisa Hanna who is herself seeing a fallout over comments she made about banning Vybz Kartel music from the airwaves.