Sweet sweet Caribbean culture or Lewdocracy?

Recently I’ve found myself in a number of discussions on the sexual nature of Caribbean culture; especially since the epic visit of Vybz Kartel to deliver a ‘lecture’ at the University of the West Indies (related post to come soon).

Now, I’ve been getting a lot of views from persons who refer to today’s popular Caribbean music and entertainment as slackness as ‘wutlissness’. Persons claim that artistes, such as Vybz Kartel in Dancehall and a few of the Soca artistes, have been using their artistic licence to promote a certain ideology among their audience where explicit sexual behaviour is accepted  and supported. I’ve dubbed this as “Lewdocracy”. Proponents of this view also like to argue that this ‘slackness’ is responsible for the deplorable behaviour of our younger generations.

Of course, this has caused a great deal of tension between both factions in society. I happen to believe that there have been a few lines crossed regarding the sexual nature of Caribbean music, especially in Dancehall and that some of the artistes do seem to overdo it a little bit. However, I maintain that the Caribbean has always enjoyed a sexually suggestive entertainment and recreational culture and this is nothing we should be ashamed of. I think we should embrace it within reason, of course. I definitely disagree with the view that the artistes are to blame for the sexual and violent behaviour of the youth. I agree that their support of such music is a channel for this behaviour but I think that we’re looking in the wrong direction for the answer. Censor and eliminate all the violent and sexual music you want. Hell, make only Gospel music legal to play on the radio! But if parents continue to ignore their duty to provide strong moral guidance for their children, all those efforts will be in vain.

Kartel can sing whatever he wants…nothing trumps a strong and effective parent.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Here’s a nice video for provocation… A celebration of the vibrant sexy nature of Caribbean culture..or a display of Lewdocracy?



Feel free to say whatever’s on your mind. I sure do!



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