Bol­ster lo­cal reg­gae in­ter­ests

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

(Sun­day

My deep­est sym­pa­thies go to his wife and fam­ily, his friends and col­leges. May his soul rest in peace. SALLY POR­TE­OUS Cus­tos of Manch­ester sally.por­te­ous@gmail.com THE EDI­TOR, Sir: ALL MU­SI­CIANS who cre­ate rhythms, beats, lyrics, etc, should au­to­mat­i­cally have their prod­ucts reg­is­tered and legally pro­tected world­wide, at no cost, by an ac­tive per­ma­nent gov­ern­ment body. All pro­ceeds should be geared to­wards search­ing for these tal­ented creators who de­serve more re­wards for ad­vanc­ing the world’s best mu­sic.

This steady in­come will give these ge­niuses more time to cre­ate more new ma­te­rial and also re­fine and en­hance reg­gae. Prac­ti­cally every coun­try has peo­ple who adore our in­fec­tious and hyp­notic mu­sic, and many of the best se­lec­tors and mixol­o­gists are from other coun­tries. For­eign reg­gae bands that adapt and lighten the mu­sic are mak­ing fan­tas­tic for­tunes from our in­ven­tion.

I have many friends who are not tour­ing any­more be­cause the Euro­pean tribes­men learned to play reg­gae and now im­port ONE dread­locks to sing on their big shows! We have to in­sist on con­tracts that in­clude all our own mu­si­cians.They have gone from U$500 per night to noth­ing, yet more reg­gae is be­ing played by some­body else. Wi affi tek dis ting seerus. MICHAEL MARAGH

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