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Could Dancehall Be The Ruination Of Reggae?


An interesting event coming up in New York…

Could Dancehall be the ruination of Reggae and by extension the Jamaica brand?  A  Community Forum.

The Coalition to Preserve Reggae music (CPR) in association with ZYNC TV NEW YORK LINKS will host a community forum and panel discussion titled: Could Dancehall be the ruination of Reggae and by extension, the Jamaica brand? on Wednesday, March 4th at the historic Billie Holiday Theatre at Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Coalition to Preserve Reggae, a charitable organization, is an alliance of roots reggae stakeholders (musicians, promoters, organizations, journalists, media and others) seeking to preserve the genre and its traditional message of healing and unifying.

The mission of the Coalition is to raise the bar in the creation, development, promotion and marketing of reggae; to elevate the profile of its purveyors and increase the opportunities for lovers of the art form to enjoy wholesome cultural reggae as was the case a generation ago. As such, CPR believes that it is imperative that we examine the impact of lyrics and images in our arts on our society.

Among the artists, members of the media, government officials and industry insiders who will participate are Anthony Turner, noted journalist; Cristy Barber, V.P. of Marketing at VP Records; radio personalities Vinnie B, D.J. Elly and Carter Van Pelt, music producer extraordinaire, John ?FX? Crawford, reggae artist Ed Robinson and dancehall artist Mikey Jarrett. Radio host King Simon will be the moderator.

CPR will document its findings and forward a white paper to the office of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports and the Jamaica Tourist Board.

Due to limited space, attendees must RSVP at or call 718-421-6927.

About CPR: The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) is a charitable organization working to raise the bar in the creation, development, promotion and presentation of reggae music. CPR conducts educational forums and presents music events to raise funds to research, codify, curate and disseminate literature regarding the music.

About ZYNC TV: ZYNC TV, a Brooklyn-based information and entertainment show is a conduit for the exchange of cultural ideas and events from areas in the world that are influenced by the Afro-Caribbean culture. ZYNC broadcasts on C.I.N. (Ch. 73: Sun. at 12:30pm) and on BCAT (Cablevision ch. 69 / Time Warner ch. 56. Sat. @ 11:30pm).

For more information contact:

Sharon Gordon, President
TSO Productions, LLC
1199 Ocean Avenue, Suite 407
Brooklyn, New York 11230

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  1. UKshasha
    March 5, 2009 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    Well, as a panelist at this debate, I would just like to say “WELL DONE” to TSOP and CPR for a fabulous event that was edgy, well-organized and very timely. The verdict still seems to be out -but for me – my position is that I endorse the Jamaican Broadcasting Commission’s ban.

    Look out for more debates coming soon!

    February 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm — Reply

    Yes,indeed, Dancehall could be the ruination of reggae.As a matter of fact,the negative impact is already conspicuous. Kudos to the organizers of this forum. Such discussions are critical in attempting to salvage,rescue, and promote reggae.

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