Friday, November 5, 2010

Caribbean Lifestyle Media-In today's Observer, Steven Jackson wrote about foreigners dominating the art form that Jamaicans are responsible for creating in the 1960's called Dub Music. Jackson's compelling story displays the issue many on the local music scene face.  We know that the overseas market-Europe, Japan, USA are the buyers of music and it is clear to see the trends with sagging record sales. Observer, last week King Size Dub Vol 13 charted in Luxembourg at eight whilst Fahrenheit 451 and Sir Oliver Skardy (Europe) charted in Italy at 10. Digital sales account for one-third of global music sales and iTunes is the dominant online music store, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Digital Report 2010.

While, "Europe and other countries have taken our roots music and are studying and learning it,"Uprising Roots drummer Black Kush told Splash, adding that Jamaican youths concentrate on studying dancehall and US pop. "A few years from now no Jamaican youth will even know about dub."

Protoje is an artist who incorporates Dub into his music and is gaining popularity with his brand of music. See what the Jolly Boys are doing with Mento here.  Read more of the article here. 


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