Jamaica bans Sexually Explicit and Violent Songs from their Airwaves


Daggering is a form of dance originating from Jamaica. The dance incorporates dry sex, wrestling and other forms of frantic movement. This dance is not a traditional dance. It is of recent origin, associated with the 2006 wave of dancehall music. The activity of “daggering” has been present in Jamaica’s dancehalls for many years, but only recently has the term “daggering” been used as a description. Some argue that it’s roughly the equivalent of the Caribbean’s “cabin stabbing”, another style of music and dance. Mojo magazine journalist and reggae historian David Katz attributes the recently gained popularity of daggering to a series of dancehall music videos and artists that promoted the style. YouTube videos of people performing daggering has spread the trend worldwide.


Too hot for the airwaves ... Jamaican dancehall artist Mr Vegas

Too hot for the airwaves … Jamaican dancehall artist Mr Vegas


The spiraling popularity of daggering has led the Jamaican government to take an unprecedented step of an all-out radio and TV ban on songs and videos with blatantly sexual content. The Jamaican Broadcasting Commission defines daggering as “a colloquial term or phrase used in dancehall culture as a reference to hardcore sex or what is popularly referred to as ‘dry’ sex, or the activities of persons engaged in the public simulation of various sexual acts and positions.” Therefore, “There shall not be transmitted, any recording, live song, or music video which promotes the act of daggering or which makes reference to, or is otherwise suggestive of daggering.”


Also Jamaican doctors have warned of the dangers of daggering, after having many cases of damaged penis tissue over the last year. The condition can result in permanent damage, and therefore must be taken seriously. Jamaican doctors assert that those trying to replicate the powerful moves of daggering in the bedroom can end up with dramatic injuries. They say the incidence of broken penises has increased in the past year, according to an article in the Jamaican Star. The community is divided over the dance, with singers up in arms over the ban, saying it stifles their right to free speech and diversity.


Radio listeners in Jamaica have been forced to say goodbye to many of their favourite songs, thanks to a new ban on tunes that “promote” sex, violence, murder or arson. Jamaica’s Broadcasting Commission is trying to put an end to “daggering”, a fad that is sweeping the country’s dancehall and soca clubs. While the term suggests knife attacks, it is actually a sexy dance where fornication is simulated in relatively graphic movements – and, well … that’s it. Though an initial announcement on 6 February explicitly targeted daggering and daggering-related songs, the latest ban is much broader. Banished from the airwaves is “any recording, live song or music video that promotes and/or glorifies the use of guns or other offensive weapons; any recording, live song or music video which promotes or glorifies any offense against the person such as murder, rape, and mob violence or other offenses such as arson.”


The ban applies equally to “soca, hip-hop or any other music”, making the Angels’ My Boyfriend’s Back (“and you’re gonna be in trouble”) just as verboten as Mr Vegas’s hit dancehall tune, Daggering. The new legislation will not allow radio stations to censor the offending songs. “There shall not be transmitted through radio or television or cable services any audio recording, song or music video which employs editing techniques of ‘bleeping’ or ‘beeping’ of its original lyrical content,” the commission ruled.

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