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From street music to mainstream
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In 2009, the JBC issued a directive order saying, “There shall not be transmitted through radio or television, any recording, live song or music video which promotes the act of 'daggering', or which makes reference to, or is otherwise suggestive of 'daggering'.” The law however, still has not stopped people from daggering or listening to dancehall music that references daggering. “Nobody cares about the JBC banning anything. Most dancehall songs are banned from the airwaves,” said Marcia Chunnu. Though explicit music and dance styles have been banned by the JBC, people can still hear it through the sound systems setup on street corners and continue to dagger.
Though there is no specific punishment if broadcasts play dancehall music, former and present prime ministers have spoken out against dancehall music and daggering. Many musicians and deejays have retaliated and said there are bigger problems on the island than to worry about censoring dancehall. “Gun shooting, robbing, and other social issues are much more of concern to Jamaicans,” said Lavern Morant.
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