Popcaan Told PM Andrew Holness To Invest “Your money into dancehall music”

In an early morning tweet on Thursday (April 8), Popcaan told PM Holness to invest some of his own money into dancehall music. — Eddie Fisher (@kause1331) April 8, 2021

Suppose the Prime Minister should invest his own money in ventures related to dancehall. That same year, PM Holness vowed that he would protect dancehall music from degeneration. Plus we no want nuh hand outs from Politicians remember.”
Good morning mr prime minister, invest some of your money into dancehall music, Embrace it for a year!!!! you’ll never regret your investment,” Popcaan tweeted. The vast majority of those funds came from overseas from patrons who flew to Jamaica to attend the event, which was one of the largest stagings of Sumfest to date in terms of attendance. “Government not allowed to mix up in Art or Culture poppy,” one fan tweeted in response to Popcaan. These contributors are still not addressed by successive administrations. “Our creativity is at risk if such should happen. While it’s very unlikely that the Prime Minister will respond to Popcaan directly, it’s likely that he will further address the broader issue in the near future. “Good morning mr prime minister, invest some of your money into dancehall music, Embrace it for a year!!!! The State cannot just stand by and allow the culture to just degenerate. His statement comes after PM Holness says that he’s the first Jamaican Prime Minister to openly embraced and support dancehall music. The vast majority of fans of the deejay disagree with Holness’s assessment, but some others don’t agree with politicians pumping money in the genre due to the fear that they will ultimately stifle creativity. Still, his recent statement triggered a backlash not only from entertainers but also from fans, a lot of whom have voted for him in past elections. Share this:

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Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Plus we no want nuh hand outs from Politicians remember. Undoubtedly, this discussion is needed at this present moment in dancehall and needs to be an ongoing one. “The success of entertainment festivals such as Sumfest augurs well for tourism as it boosts arrivals and has a major economic impact in and around Montego Bay.”
Is there an incentive for the government to invest in dancehall? Our creativity is at risk if such should happen. The State has to work in support of those people who are willing to see to the longevity of the culture.”

While there is evidence that PM Andrew Holness has embraced dancehall in the past and engaged with artists, a growing number of dancehall entertainers feel his recent comments are tone-deaf. “It is not everything that we call ‘culture’ will have the longevity to carry from generation to generation,” Holness said. In that case, it means he would retain some ownership stake in that venture, so perhaps Popcaan is echoing an age-old cry from the entertainment community that the government of Jamaica is not investing enough money into the music and culture, even though reggae/dancehall contributes to a portion of the country’s GDP directly and indirectly through promoting Jamaica on tour globally. Should Prime Minister Andrew Holness invest his own money in dancehall music? Nevertheless, Popcaan just added another side to the conversation with a single tweet. Veteran artists like Baby Cham pointed out several contributors to the crime wave gripping the island for decades. In 2019, Reggae Sumfest generated over JM$1 billion into the Jamaican economy, according to Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. — Popcaan (@PopcaanMusic) April 8, 2021

Government not allowed to mix up in Art or Culture poppy. Popcaan added an interesting twist to the ongoing discussion of Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness blaming dancehall for crimes in the country. The Unruly deejay’s tweet breathes new life into the ongoing debate sparked by the Holness over a week ago where he blamed dancehall lyrics for high crime rate. Other artists like the legendary Bounty Killer and his former Alliance protege, Mavado, have all spoken out strongly against the PM’s statement. The answer is an overwhelming yes, as pointed out by Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ own cabinet minister. “We estimate the revenue impact from the festival to be $J1 Billion based on average room nights stay of locals and visitors and taxes,” Minister Bartlett echoed before adding. you'll never regret your investment. “From where I stand, as someone from the inner city, the ghetto and a public figure, I have observed where poverty, poor leadership, illiteracy, and lack of opportunities for Jamaica youths are the top four contributors of the country’s high crime rate, not the music,” Baby Cham said while pointing out that children also consumed other contents deemed violent through other mediums like Netflix on their smartphones. “Societies have died because culture degenerated into decadence.