Diocese Weighs In On Dancehall Discussion

Dancehall music and its influence in the Jamaican society will be the focus of a Public Forum to be hosted by the Youth Ministry Division of the Diocese on Tuesday, April 11 at 6.00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church, Cross Roads.

The discussion under the theme “Dancehall: Civilization or Barbarism – Inserting the Christian Narrative,” will involve practitioners in the secular and gospel music genres; as well as representatives from the Diocese. It is being organized in the face of the ongoing debate about the impact of Dancehall music, especially among young people.

Industry specialists on the panel, which will explore the various facets of Dancehall, include: Dr. Dennis Howard, Ethnomusicologist and General Manager Radio Services – RJRGLEANER Communications Group; Mr. Clyde McKenzie, well-known cultural analyst and award-winning music producer and artiste manager.

They will be joined by the Rt. Rev. Robert Thompson, Suffragan Bishop of Kingston, who will present the Christian perspective.

The youth voice for the Diocese will be represented by Mr. O’Dayne Plummer, Advisor to the Anglican Youth Fellowship at the Church of The Holy Spirit in Cumberland, Greater Portmore.

Mrs. Imani Duncan-Price, youth advocate and Co-Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), will be the Moderator.