Saturday 17 November, 2018

Holness calls for music to help in fight against violence

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre), exchanges pleasantries with Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (left); and record producer, Winston ‘Niney’ Holness, during a Reggae Month reception on the lawns of Jamaica House on February 20. (PHOTO: JIS)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre), exchanges pleasantries with Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange (left); and record producer, Winston ‘Niney’ Holness, during a Reggae Month reception on the lawns of Jamaica House on February 20. (PHOTO: JIS)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday called for Jamaican musicians to play a role in the fight against the violence currently affecting the island.

Speaking on the Lawns of Jamaica House, at a Reggae Month reception, the Prime Minister said, “the music that we have is powerful and it makes us a powerful country in the world. Jamaica is a superpower in culture and entertainment in the world and this is why we intend to make this (Reggae Month reception) a yearly event.

“Jamaica is going through a difficult time now with violence. This is not the culture, so I call on the people in entertainment to help to get our youths to be less violent; I think the music is a powerful source of getting the people together.” 

Also among the attendees at the reception were Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, other Cabinet ministers and a host of musicians.

Holness, although being one of the few who broke the invitation’s dress code of ‘Reggae Elegant’, by wearing a suit, still managed to make himself comfortable, by mingling and chatting with various guests, whose faces lit up during and after the discussions. 

The evening also had video presentations on the origins of reggae music, with Grange and a number of artistes and other individuals integral in the early production of reggae, giving their take as well as taking the gathering through the evolution of the art form.

While the guests partook in the offerings of jerk chicken and pork, fish, cornmeal pudding, jelly coconut and their favourite beverages, entertainment was provided by Six Point, a band consisting present students of Edna Manley College; singer Koffee and all-woman band Adahzeh.

Disc jockey Colin Hinds provided the music during the breaks.