“Tru mi seh Clarks everybody waan one”
Famous line from Adidja Vybz Kartel Palmer song “Clarks Part 2”, obvious signs that these artists are aware of the influence that they may have on individuals in the wider society. Hence, it is therefore a fact that Dancehall has negative effects on Jamaican youths. Dancehall may be referred to as a “style of Jamaican popular music that had its genesis in the political disturbance of the late 1970’s and became Jamaica’s dominant music in the 1980’s and 90’s”, ( C.J.Cooper). However, over the years dancehall helps promote sexual behaviours among teens and may also be a trigger of their violent behavior.
Youths in today’s society often gravitate to hardcore music that sells sex and promote violent hence they adopt the aggression in dancehall portrayals and model the behaviours on a daily basis. What these artists fail to understand is that they are role models for youths and that they can write more conscious songs in the dancehall industry that promote values since this is what their songs really lack.
Based on research conducted by A.D. Crawford from results obtained it was found that females gravitated to sexually explicit lyrical content while on the other hand males are more inclined to lyrical contents that were conscious and others gravitated to violent. However, both males and females responded similarly to lyrical content of expletive language.
The promotion of sexual behaviors from a young stage.
One cannot therefore reject the fact that Dancehall indeed has negative effects on youths within Jamaica since it helps promotes their sex drive and violent behaviors based on the lyrical contents of the songs they listen to.
In concluding one can only say that dancehall plays and integral role in the life’s of individuals in society which is affecting it negatively because they are highly influenced by the dancehall industry however, it is leading to a downfall in society where the youths are concerned. Therefore, there is indeed a relationship between hardcore dancehall genre and the sexual and violent behavior of youths.
Video Showing how youths react to certain songs and how they behave at a dancehall event. Click link to below to view:
Crawford.A.D, (2010 March).The effects of dancehall genre on adolescent sexual and violent behavior in Jamaica: A public health concern,North American Journal of Medical Sciences, Volume 2. No. 3, retrieved March 13, 2012 from http://vle.bcatja.com/file.php/6/Readings_for_CAT_1000/dancehall_effects_and_adolescent_sexual_and_violent_behaviour.pdf
Dancehall Culture: How does it affect our children?, retrieved from: http://www.abibitumikasa.com/forums/oppression-afrikans-culturally/38951-dancehall-culture-how-does-affect-our-children.html
Watson.J, (April 2, 2008). Dance Hall Music and Jamaican Society, Yardvybz, retrieved March 14,2012 from http://www.yardflex.com/archives/002444.html