Monday, November 19, 2007
Is Regge still a "Jamaican Thing?"
As many people might remember , Matisyahu, A Jewish man from Brooklyn, has his album, Youth" nominated for the Grammy Awards (held this year). He was nominated alongside such greats as Buju Banton, Ziggy Marley, Sly and Robbie (among others).
So what is happening to Reggae Music? Robert "Nester" Marley created this amazing genre of music. With the deep bass sounds and distinctive "Skank" beats it has taken the world by storm.
It has been incorporated in almost every known musical sound. Most recently linked with the pouplar "Reggaeton" beat.
Charles Campbell, a Jamaican Observer writer points out these facts, "In essence though, this is the still largely underexploited potential which Jamaica has to increase our annual earnings from tourism and entertainment/music. Ironically, the biggest obstacle to doing so is the Jamaican status quo. "
Local Jamaican artist generally have to rely on some of the big multi-national companies to make them successful. They do depend on them for marketing and promoting their music internationally. We have many artist relocate, because it is easier to break into the business abroad then in Jamaica.
So has Jamaica lost its ownership or rights to saying it is a "Jamaican based Product?"