Reggae Compassionate Act

By Samsara - Friday, December 10, 2010

I was not that surprised today to find signed statements online of so many dancehall artists whose lyrics was not given a "bly" under the Freedom of Speech Act.

Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak freely without censorship or limitation, or both. The synonymous term freedom of expression is sometimes used to indicate not only freedom of verbal speech but any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, such as on "hate speech".

Many dancehall artists are being put in uncompromising positions of either signing the agreement, or risk the chance of having there shows cancelled by promoters in cities across the world.
While the agreement actually calls for artists to only sing a certain type of music in Reggae, I find it quite compelling. Personally I can do without hearing any songs regarding a homosexual in any aspect. Why write an entire song dedicated to homosexuality whether it is bashing or not? Within all the songs from all of the artist that signed the petition, I can actually say honestly. I can not recall any hate songs that leave a lasting impression. That genre of dancehall is made specifically for the sound clash party attitude, it is music to get a reaction out of people. It music for that moment, it is already created with the intention of not lasting long and to be marketed to specific individuals.
In closing I would go on in saying that the artists that have been coxed into deciding to sign this agreement, can look at this from another point.
"Make music not limiting your writing skill to small subject matter such as this"

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