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Deejays plead for peaceful election

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Montego Bay, St James – Dancehall heavyweights used their musical platform at the just concluded Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest to appeal for a peaceful election, putting to rest fears by the local police that utterances by the artistes would have stirred political tension.

Chuck Fender. led the way in calling for a peaceful election.

“It’s quite refreshing to see them taking that stance,” said St James commanding officer Superintendent Steve McGregor, who warned last week that any such utterances would have been dealt with sternly. “You could see that they were really making an effort and it augurs well for Reggae, which is an integral part of our culture.”

Prior to the start of the four-day festival, McGregor said he had met with Sumfest organisers and warned that inflammatory political utterances by artistes would not be tolerated.
In response, chairman of Summerfest Productions, Robert Russell, pledged to support the police in ensuring that the artistes refrained from negative political statements, but noted that it was unusual for them to get involved in politics in any negative way.

True to form, several artistes made good on this and on Thursday, as Reggae music exploded on the Catherine Hall stage, Chuck Fender led the way in calling for a peaceful election, set for August 27, 2007.
Several others of the genre’s leading lights followed suit, including the hard-hitting Anthony B.
“Mi a beg oonu, duh, nuh kill off none a yuh bredda dem dis election,” he pleaded.

Deejay Cham, who lashes out against vicious criminals in his latest single Conscience, also spoke out against election violence. “Election a come, please, mi a beg oonu, it a affect the yout dem, it a affect old people,” he said.

Deejays Idonia and Assassin also added their pleas, while dancehall’s arch rivals Beenie Man and Bounty Killer found common ground on the issue. “All who bun dutty JLP and dutty PNP put up oonu hand,” Beenie Man instructed during his closing set Friday morning, while Bounty declared, “mi nuh waah hear who say dem a go do dis and do dat, mi waah hear when minimum wage a go rise and how dem a go help poor people”.

And in what was the only broadside directed at any one party Ninja Man, the dancehall’s ‘Don Gorgon’, scolded, “dem have whole holiday fi run dem dutty election and a wait til di pickni dem fi go back a school”.

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