Barrington Levy blasts increased level of hardcore content in Dancehall

Internationally acclaimed Reggae singer, Barrington Levy points to a lack of guidance as the reason for increases 'shock value' methods employed by young Dancehall artists in their musical content.

Internationally acclaimed Reggae singer, Barrington Levy points to a lack of guidance as the reason for increases ‘shock value’ methods employed by young Dancehall artists in their musical content.

by Jodee Brown

Throughout 2014, music lovers have seen a sharp increase in hardcore sexual content and imagery within Dancehall, with the likes of Alkaline, Demarco, Ricky Carty and J Amsterdam pushing boundaries with eyebrow-raising material to gauge interest from fans. One legendary artist is sick of this growing trend.

Barrington Levy, singer of classics such as Broader Than Broadway, Under Mi Sensi and countless others says he is tired of the X-rated nature that the genre has taken on and thinks it has damaged its credibility.

In an interview published in the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday, Levy said, “I see where the music business is taking a turn for the worst. It’s going in a direction where we are losing it.”

These people have no morals anymore. Are we going to do anything for money? I never came into the music business just to sell records. I thought I would just sing for the love of it.”

In another interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, Levy was more solutions-oriented, pointing to a lack of positive influence as the reason why young artists choose to ratchet up the shock value in their musical content.

“They are surrounded by a lot of hotheads that cannot steer them in the right direction,” he said. “People are talking about them and their songs, but not in a good way. As entertainers, we need to always set a good example for the future of music.”

“Surround yourself with good people, people who will lead you in the right direction, people that will help you make good career choices that will ensure longevity and international success.”

Dancehall has long contained specks of raunchiness and hardcore sexual content throughout its near four decades of existence, with artists such as Lady Saw and Vybz Kartel bringing said content to the forefront and becoming all-time greats as a result.

In 2014, however, X-rated content has reached another level and sparked much conversation within the Jamaican music industry, with Alkaline and J Amsterdam boldly speaking on topics of anal stimulation and giving oral sex respectively, to Ricky Carty’s infamous music video for his song, Gyal Tek It in which he had sex with a woman on camera while performing the song.

Meanwhile, Levy is set to release a new acoustic album with variations of his biggest hits. He is currently promoting his new hit single, Rosie.

DJ FreshCut launches ‘De Mayor TV’ with Soca Reggaelution XXIV Recap

FreshCut_Cover1_FB2by Delroy Williams

Popular event promoter and DJ, Freshcut De Mayor has recently launched a dedicated YouTube channel to showcase the raving success of Soca Reggaelution XXIV in Toronto’s west end late last month.

More than a thousand die hard Soca/Reggae fans as well as notable media outlets including G98.7FM, CHRY 105.5FM, TorontoDeejays.com, and AN Photography came through to discover and enjoy the legendary Soca Reggaelution party experience. Freshcut is extending his thanks and gratitude to all those who helped in making the event a huge success.

Dedicated followers as well as hundreds of new faces make his fan base undeniable and it continues to grow as Freshcut commits himself to throwing some of the most enjoyable Caribbean-themed parties around. As a way to help fans stay connected and entertained between party events, De Mayor TV was launched on YouTube and is already receiving noteworthy viewership. Watch the full Soca Reggaelution XXIV Recap video here.

Freshcut had the following to say about his new Youtube channel:

De Mayor TV gives you VIP Access to the behind the scenes footage from some of the hottest parties in the GTA as well as out of town ‘campaign dates’ wherever De Mayor is booked! Now I cannot speak on behalf of every other promoter in Toronto, nor can I predict the outcome of their events. I can only display what to expect when De Mayor is booked for an event or has an event of his own. You will get your money’s worth and TNA – Total Non-stop Action!”

De Mayor’s next event, Caribbean Scene Investigation (CSI): The Final Chapter will be held at The Vue Nightclub on Friday, March 14, 2014 and marks the end of the ten year long party-series. Although the curtain will close on CSI after this highly anticipated night, Freshcut makes it clear that, “the action will only get bigger and better with Soca Reggaelution, Pirates Of The Caribbean and Soca In The City, to name a few…”

CSI tickets are now available for purchase on TicketGateway.com.  Tune in to Freshcut’s Confunkshun Show on CHRY 105.5FM every Tuesday 6-8pm for a chance to win tickets to CSI and other upcoming events.