Explicit music banned from Jamaica electronic media
By Oscar Ramjeet
Caribbean Net News Special Correspondent
KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, the watchdog over the island’s electronic media, has banned radio and television stations from airing songs with content deemed explicitly sexual and violent, even if concealed by bleeps.
The Jamaica Gleaner reported that the Commission said dancehall songs that qualify as "daggering" content — the rapidly emerging culture of quasi-erotic dances and music — will also be outlawed from the airwaves.
The ban, which takes effect immediately, does not affect content recorded on CDs and DVDs.
"There shall not be transmitted through radio or television, any recording, live song or music video which promotes the act of ‘daggering’ or which makes reference to, or is otherwise suggestive of ‘daggering’," said Hopeton Dunn, Commission chairman, in a release.
The Broadcasting Commission’s tough stance coincides with widespread criticism of the chart topping hit, Rampin’ Shop, a song laden with sexually explicit content and inferences. The song is performed by deejays Vybz Kartel and Spice.
Debate was stirred when Esther Tyson, a Sunday Gleaner columnist, lambasted media managers for giving dancehall artistes a platform to "corrupt the psyche of Jamaica children".
"We must work together to stop enriching people like Vybz Kartel who create filth and are then paid when they release it on the public. The corporate giants in this nation who are promoting such filth need to come into the schools and see what is happening to the minds of the young," wrote Tyson, principal of the co-ed school, Ardenne High.
The Broadcasting Commission has come under pressure in recent months as complaints mounted, particularly in print media, that the organisation should ramp up its policing of the airwaves and sanction stations breaching the Television and Sound Broadcasting Regulations.