A Little Carpentry…

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Editor’s Note:  I first drafted this post in January 2012.  It was after the government last changed hands and a new large Cabinet was announced.  Around that time I was also reading A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid.  In that book, she explains why a country should not need a Ministry of Culture.  As I read, something clicked in my head.  I’d long been bothered by how little Jamaicans who create what we know as Jamaican culture actually reap from their efforts.  Around the time I first drafted this post, there was also, what I consider, a crisis in Dancehall.  Many artists were intent on doing something called “Island Pop” and seemed content to abandon the basics of Dancehall (chief among them for me is BASSLINE) and paid scant attention to the business side of things.  And for all the top-level chatter about Dancehall and Jamaica’s music business, there seemed little top-level help; a badly named ministry in name only.  Back in 2012 I wrote in the notes for this post: “You need people who approach Jamaica’s culture & music as a business and not an escape or episodic exercise.”  Still applies.