I agreement with the statement”Jamaican music is a catalyst for social change”. Music is a very dynamic factor in highlighting social issues. According to Dr. Donna Hope in a presentation , she highlighted that” the introduction of Dancehall music was a result of the social frustrations faced by Jamaicans”. Persons of a lower class used this avenue to voice their concerns and issues. The music highlighted their problems. The lyrics used were a representation of the experiences they have.
The argument may be there that dancehall promotes negativity, as the lyrics have negativity and highlights the drastic means of survival. Our behavior based off society may influence us to do drastic things. Too much assumptions cannot be placed on dancehall, as to say, it is the reason why there is so much violence around.
Even though there has been negativity in dancehall music it also helps in bringing across our feeling. After surfacing in the late 1960’s into 70’s, Reggae became a catalyst not only locally but also internationally. Jamaican music influenced and inspired freedom fighters and developed the life style of many individuals. Needless to say in my opinion Jamaican music has done more good than harm in becoming a catalyst for social change. What do you think?????