Growing up in South London, as part of the post Caribbean wind rush generation. It was clear to me that despite living miles away from Jamaica the culture would not be forgotten. That being the scrumptious jerk chicken and rice peas now infamous around the world and reggae music. Jamaica is seen as one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean. The heritage there is strong, from ancestral slave revolts to the legendary Bob Marley. The island is full of history.
The music released by the Jamaican artists caused a big statement. Most particularly in the 90’s when artists came out such as Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Buju Banton. They changed the sound of Jamaican music from sweet soft reggae melodies to hard hitting dance-hall tracks. With punchier musical production and a lot more aggression in the music delivery. This sound divided the generations, you had the older generations who enjoyed the classic sounds of reggae, whilst the younger generation enjoyed the racy lyrics and provocative new dance style that came with the music.
One question I get asked a lot by people who are not from the Jamaican culture is ‘Why is bashment music so vulgar?’ I honestly can not give an answer without making excuses for the use of language but then in the same breath, i’m not ashamed to talk about sex or listen to someone singing about it. I feel open about my sexuality because deep down I understand the power of a woman’s vagina.
It is something that is special and the opinions formed based on the use of language from the bashment artist distract you from that.