KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Police Monday morning found a Glock 9mm pistol hidden in a garbage bin in Olympic Gardens, Kingston 11.
The Olympic Gardens Police report that about 11:45 am, lawmen acting on information conducted an operation in the area. A garbage bin was searched during the operation and the weapon was found inside ...more »
IT'S a culture shock for the old, likewise the young people, of our society when given the opportunity to listen to each other's era of music. Ska, mento and rocksteady might be relaxing to the ears of a mature audience, but is a lost cause as a form of entertainment in the minds of the youth. On the other hand, dancehall music, which developed in the 1980s, has captured the hearts of the younger generation, but is also felt to be toxic to our nation's culture in the opinion of the older folks.
The middle ground between both generations' music is reggae, which is by far Jamaica's most popular music for the past three decades or so. It is this disparity that lingers in the minds of many entertainment promoters why we are now seeing an effort to fuse both eras of music via events such as Retro Twist, Heineken Star Time and Mellow Vibes, just to name a few, in the hope of finding a medium through which the young and old can communicate musically and to capture a wider audience.
The influence that music has on people globally cannot be denied, thus the continued debate over the kind of messages that are passed on through these various musical forms. It is with this view that the argument can be made that entertainment promoters and radio disc jocks have some influence on the type of music that is produced by the nation's musicians. All stakeholders should ensure that the music that is being promoted is gentle on the ears of the old but, at the same time, entertaining for the young. It only stands to benefit all parties involved, as the radio stations would have more people tuning in, party promoters would have an audience and the artistes would achieve more success through producing music that is deemed to be acceptable by all.
Things change with time and so will the music, but that does not mean it should exclude one generation for it to be acceptable by another. The need for more events that promote a link between the young and old should not be overlooked as these parties can eventually evolve into international shows that will attract tourists to our shores. When one looks at the Jazz & Blues Festival that is now an annual event in Montego Bay, it speaks to promoters who recognise artistically entertaining music. It is no wonder that so many tourists, young and old, flock to our shores every year for this event. Other promoters can achieve the same respect as Jazz & Blues by setting a high standard for their events from the start. An event called Retro Twist that is held annually in May Pen, Clarendon, every Heroes holiday weekend, is one to watch out for, as it aims to attract the young and the old in one setting to enjoy music that can be related to by all. Heineken Star Time and Mellow Vibes have been long-standing events that have been fusing the music of one era with another to the delight of their patrons.
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