With the new trends that are happening in the music business recently, now that the Afrobeats done by African artistes who borrow the dancehall sound quite often is being played on radio in the UK more often than Dancehall music these days.
Some Jamaicans have begun wondering if dancehall music could be losing it’s popularity. They are talking on social media about dancehall music and why people who are not Jamaican’s are getting the awards and the money from doing dancehall music these days.
Vybz Kartel was a part of the conversation on Instagram, and had this to say, “Unuh buy music none at all or support ntn? S**k unuh mada a social media mek unuh tink unuh opinion matters …youths dictate what music is so stfu and go sort out unuh life unuh cyaa stop ntn”. In a next comment he said, “Shaggy and Sean Paul do “authentic dancehall”? No! but dem sell gold or platinum a maanin so stfu and stop chat off unuh mouth cause unuh na buy music”.
There was a comment from one user that said, “harsh but I have to say, I get where Vybz Kartel is coming from. Do you think Jamaica has any chance of saving the music culture?
Kartel’s statement has caused people to start thinking about Sean Pauls and Shaggy’s music, the two most successful dancehall artistes from Jamaica put out music that was not authentic dancehall?
Producer, Notnice weighed in with a long caption, he believes the Jamaican producers should play their part in curving the sound of the music that comes out of Jamaica, the hub of dancehall and Reggae. He believes the foreign artistes who are making chart-topping Reggae and Dancehall music value the Jamaican music more the Jamaican’s.
Skatta Burrell added a comment also, he believes dancehall has been on life support locally for a tall while now. He believes the real players who know the authentic sound stepped back and refused to unite and collaborate in order to keep the movement going. He doesn’t blame the youth who are now doing their own thing to make money with the music.