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The Positive Effects of Dancehall Music on JamaicanCultureDancehall as defined by Donna P Hope can either be a culture that is a space for culturalcreation and dissemination of symbols and ideologies that reflect and legitimize the livedrealities of its adherents, particularly from the inner cities of Jamaica. Or it may be a genre ofmusic native to Jamaica which originated in the inner cities of Kingston around the late 1970’sand is considered to be the direct predecessor of rap music. At this time, the music was playedin dance halls which was where local sound systems would play “riddims” and a deejay wouldsing over it.In the beginning dancehall was just a sparser version of reggae than the roots rock style.Dancehall then gained more popularity around the 80’s and 90’s and became increasinglycharacterized by faster rhythms and the key elements of this new dancehall music included theextensive use of Jamaican Patois which is broken English. During this period, the themes ofrepatriation and Rastafarian movements were displaced by lyrics about dancing, violence andsex. In this essay, I will be arguing that despite being thought about as mostly negativelyinfluential dancehall music does also have its positives. I will show that there are positivesthrough the use of articles and interviews. Some of the positives of dancehall music which havebeen seen in Jamaican society are: it acts as a relief of stress for the people suffering becauseof poverty and helps them in a way feel free, it is a medium for economic advancement, it helpspeople to see what is actually happening in inner city communities and it provides globalexposure and recognition meaning the artiste if perform well their music can help them to tourand travel the world and also cause people to come to Jamaica and experience or culture andpromote it. Undoubtedly, the music is also very helpful in just unifying all Jamaicans everywhereno matter the social or economic background and makes them very accepting of their roots andculture.Without a doubt Dancehall Music does have its negatives which are extremely overwhelminglike the fact that it is associated with acts of promoting misogyny and violence. Misogyny isdefined as the practice of being prejudice against women. This practice is celebrated inJamaican society and lyrics about this are plentiful in the songs of many dancehall artistes. Notonly are the songs misogynistic but also celebrates the objectification of women for example inthe music video for a song called “Weak to You” by Dexta Daps the women are painted goldalso in the video the women were literally objectified being portrayed as: chairs, lamps andtables, this was also a prime example of the dehumanization of females. Another form ofdehumanization of females in Jamaica comes in the form of a dance known as ‘daggering’which is a form of popular dance between men and women and described as incorporating drysex and other forms of frantic movement.

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