Prominent artists within the Dancehall/Reggae industry chose to avoid the polling stations on Thursday. However, they’re optimistic regarding the country’s progress going forward.
Jamaica’s 12th general election as an independent country took place on Thursday; eventually resulting in a landslide victory for the opposing Peoples National Party (PNP) and making opposition leader, Portia Simpson-Miller Jamaica’s new Prime Minister. Despite the victory, it was determined that voter turnout for Thursday’s election ended up below 50%
According to some popular artists within the Dancehall/Reggae industry, party allegiances were not on the agenda given that they all pray for an improved Jamaica no matter the leadership in charge.
Spice, who shares such as sentiment, claimed that she didn’t get a chance to vote on yesterday’s elections but hopes that those in leadership will address the never-ending issue of poverty.
“I really wanted to vote this year but I wasn’t numerated, so I couldn’t take part. However, I want a better Jamaica regardless of who wins. I believe the winner should attack poverty because that is where the root of the problem is. Once poverty is reduced we should see a decline in crime and other negative things,” she told the Jamaica STAR.
Fellow Dancehall diva and Gully Squad first lady, Stacious also missed out on her chance to vote but hopes that the leading government will fix the glaring problems within the local economy.
“I want the economy to get better, so nuh matta who win I just hope they can bring the economy to life and not just on paper,” she said.
Another Gully Squad affiliate, Flexx also skipped the voting process; revealing that his family’s suffered from years of political dangling while hoping that leaders can restore the island to its former glories.
“My family members were die hearted politicians, my grandparents were deep into politics and they died poor, right now if a neva music I would be in the same position, suh mi nuh follow up politics,” he explained.
“I hope anybody who wins can help Jamaica to be the way it was, Jamaica only has we as artistes and sports people. The winner needs to stabilize the dollar, get back the planes and build back the factories. Jamaica too nice fi politics mash it up,” he continued.
Meanwhile, some artistes such as Cherine Anderson intimated that music was their method of spreading social consciousness.
“I was not following it up, my politics is music what I do want is for Jamaica to be a better place with much opportunity and freedom of speech along with musical peace and harmony,” Anderson said.
The always extravagant deejay, Flippa Mafia however, showed his courage to align himself to a political entity; expressing his satisfaction with the change in government, via BlackBerry Messenger.
“Porches an Porcha, a woman me say for life. PNP gwan sister P, I care zero, PNP mi say.”