Are you Jamaican, do you live in Jamaica?
A.G. Baker


I’m not Jamaican, nor live there, and do not feign to be Jamaican. I’ve been several times and worked with many, many reggae musicians, but my perspective is simply that of a (hopefully educated) reggae fan and, as such, would be curious to know what you find scandalous and misinformed, as I researched and fact-checked what I could find.

I’m delighted to hear that reggae in Jamaica is alive and well, as is the unique and wonderful culture that birthed it. But, again, my perspective is that reggae music — at one time — was very, very big and very, very distinctive. I don’t argue that there is much to like about dancehall; what I say it has moved beyond the musical form many know as “reggae.” I think that’s a fair statement; if not dead, that sound is a rare bird today, although, as you say, there is much new music to listen to as well. It matters not whether I consent or like it; that’s why I did not make value judgements on the music in those terms.

Yes, music is always evolving, and yes, it leaves much behind as it moves forward. But forward is always, always and perhaps only way we can move.

Thanks so much for reading and more importantly, offering your perspective. I really enjoyed your piece!


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