May 2008 - Even though Reggae Music
isn't quite your average political
propaganda mechanism, Jamaican politicians
will always try and get some Reggae artist
to back them up. Twenty-two years ago, DJ
Cutty Ranks tried to raise votes for the
-and especially Kingston- has the highest
murder rate of the world, or close to that.
In other words: in Jamaica you have a bigger
chance to get killed than in let's say New
election time in Jamaica, violence increases
significantly. Gangs of "gun men"
killing each other with guns provided to
election time in Jamaica, the politicians
all of a sudden begin to show some interest
in Reggae Music. They hire artists and thing
to help them in their propaganda.
reviewed on this page is a 1986 recording of
such an event.
As he rides
on the Sleng-Teng riddim, brand new and kind
of revolutionary in those days, Cutty Ranks
bigs up the PNP. The selector doesn't take
his hand of the mixing board and the people
love it too.