Gordon Swaby

The Ban Was the best thing that could ever happen…

Not many realize this, but personally the Ban  on sexually explicit songs and songs promoting violence is the best thing that could ever happen to dancehall. What artists need to do is capitalize on this opportunity and push  to create clean songs, doing this will ENSURE airplay on all if not most of the radio stations.  The competition isn’t as tight now as it was a couple months ago when the Ban was not in effect, but now that it’s active, there isn’t much competition (if you listen to the radio stations you’ll realize there isn’t many new songs being played), basically because there isn’t much ‘clean’ songs to play on the radio, so most DJ’s are going retro and playing old songs, because majority of the news songs are plagued with sexual  and violent lyrics, and obviously that isn’t allowed to be broadcasted.

There’s 2 things they can do:

1. They can try and fight this decision, which they will probably will never win; wasting time not capitalizing on this opportunity  OR

2. They can go into the studios and start producing some awesome songs ( a song can still be good and not be plagued with expletives) for public consumption, it’s simple really, if your songs are clean then you’ll get airplay, majority of the dancehall artists plan to fight this and continue with the old foolish ways, but the smart ones will do what i say and capitalize on this golden opportunity.

The latter being the most logical thing to do, is the most prudent thing to do, follow these words and reap the rewards

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Sunday, March 1st, 2009 at 1:09 pm. Filed under Interesting, Jamaica/Politics.

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com Jamaipanese

    i too have noticed all the old school music being played lately. I hope that true creativity will shine through in the music again

  • http://myworldmylens.aminus3.com/ Stunner

    Very good observation. The bad has indeed done good for the radio waves, bringing back some good music. This will force artiste to be more responsible and make decent songs for radio play, and as you say be more creative.

  • http://ruthibelle.blogspot.com ruthibelle

    awesome songs would be a sweet change in the dancehall music industry, huh??

  • http://www.calvinrobinson.co.uk/ Calvin Robinson

    Totally agree. Artists today should be looking back to the roots of the music for inspiration. As you said, they don't need to curse to make good music.

  • http://www.sheysmith.com Shey

    Totally agree

  • http://www.sheysmith.com Shey

    Totally agree



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