Newsweek ‘big up’ Kingston for dancehall

‘Tun up di music selecta’, Jamaica’s dancehall is being hailed by the internationally renowned magazine Newsweek, in a culture article published on Thursday.

The hypnotic beat of the pulsating Jamaican genre was highlighted in the article titled ‘Music meccas around the world you need to visit’, with the capital city Kingston, being the preferred choice for writer Laura Powers.

Stars such as Sean Paul have made the Jamaican music style – rapping over Jamaican beats – a worldwide sensation.”

— Newsweek

Kingston was mentioned second, behind acoustic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Newsweek said, “In a town famous for the reggae sounds of Bob Marley, dancehall has become internationally recognised as well. Stars such as Sean Paul have made the Jamaican music style – rapping over Jamaican beats – a worldwide sensation.”

Dancehall is one of the many genres that Jamaica has given the world, which includes mento, ska and rocksteady, with the addictive beats of reggae and dancehall hooking people all over for decades now.

So Jamaicans, get out the short shorts and the ‘riders’, visit one of the nightly dancehall sessions in Kingston and invite the world to partake as well.