Reggae & Politics  – How Politicians Use Reggae  & Dancehall To Jam All The Hurt Away

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By:   Audley Phillip

Reggae & Politics  – How Politicians Use Reggae  & Dancehall To Jam All The Hurt Away

In recent times, whenever we are having General Elections, you are certain to be thrilled with some of the finest reggae coming from some of the greatest artists.

Politicians seem to understand that using popular music in political campaigns could be one of the distinguishing factors that separate the winners from the losers.   They rely heavily on reggae and dancehall music to rally voters in their favour.

Politicians have long recognised the deep impact reggae music has on the Antiguan population, and have used songs to drive their campaigns. Nowadays, dancehall music seems to be the preferred choice of politicians seeking to hype up a crowd of supporters while disparaging their rivals.

Reggae music and the ever popular social commentary from some of our Caribbean renowned soca artists are some  of the few genres of music that are still influential and mainstream.

For many years, both were  associated with poor people because a large percentage of the lyrics were aimed towards criticizing the various social challenges that exist in society, for example –  corruption, racism, oppression and poverty. That is what makes reggae and politics make such strange bedfellows today.

The social impact of reggae music has been felt in the political arena and no political cycle is complete without inviting some of the best to perform here even though their presence and performance  comes at an exorbitant cost.

None of these artists come here to perform for free and even while many of us struggle against the hard economic situation that currently exists, we still find the time and money to bring in these high priced artists to literally “jam all the hurt away.”

That is why the shady aspect of finance and politics should not be ignored.  The relevance of money extends beyond illegitimate sources that flows into party cofferes.

Money matters in politics because parties need ever-increasing resources for administration and election campaigns. But money should not be allowed to buy access to decision-making power.

The vast amount of money spent on bringing reggae artists in and paying them could go a long way in helping to address our hopeless and deplorable domestic water situation as well as to help to rebuild  the dying Social Security Scheme thereby  ensuring that pensioners receive their due on time.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Forget ’bout reggae and dancehall 🎶 during the General Election Mr Audley Phillips, the beautiful wordplay and lyrics from soca music is still the best in Tigua 🇦🇬:

    COME AGAIN BRIXTONIAN!

    🎵 Geh Rid ah Dem (St Peters) Geh Rid ah Dem (All Saints x2) 🎶 Geh Rid ah Dem (St John’s x4) 🎵 Geh Rid ah Dem (St Mary’s x2) 🎶 Geh Rid ah Dem (St George) Geh Rid ah Dem (St Paul’s) Geh Rid ah Dem (St Phillips x2) 🎵 Geh Rid ah Dem (Barbuda) 🎶
    🎵 Geh Rid ah Dem (Gaston) 🎶 Geh Rid ah Dem (ABLP) 🎵 Geh Rid ah Dem (Wednesday) … 🎶

    SOCA SWEET, SWEET SWEET … WHEEEEL 🎤 🎧

  2. @ My Friend BRIXTONIAN. I ordered a shipment of SMELLING SALTS for My FRIENDS BRIXTONIAN , CHARLES TABOR and All the other UPP Candidates for the January 18 2023. The following is the reason.

    Results of 2023 Election in Antigua / Barbuda .

    ABLP win all 17 SEATS

    UPP ZERO SEAT ( Candidates lose Deposits )

    DNA ZERO SEAT ( ALL CANDIDATES LOSE DEPOSITS )

    BPM ZERO SEAT

    ASOT MICHAEL ZERO SEAT

    MASSIVE LANDSLIDE VICTORY ABLP

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