Niaah, Jalani; Niaah, Sonjah Stanley
Author Affiliation, Ana.
'ACE' of the dancehall space: A preliminary look at U-Roys's version and subversion in sound
Social and Economic Studies
Date of Publication
Music is important to the Jamaican national psyche but we do not know how music influences Jamaicans psychologically.This is a modest start to understand the psychological use of music at the mass meetings at Halfway Tree in the 2002 General Election. Personal interviews of one party sound system selector and two focus groups of JLP and PNP supporters were done. The psychologyof music framework is used to interpret how the supporters understood some of the songs. A range of songs were played to appeal to the crowd emotionally and to disseminate the party messages. A vote for PNP meant 'logging on' to progress and one for the JLP meant 'saving' the country from destruction. The supporters used partisan frames of their leader's personal attributes and policy competence, party unity, racial, national and sexual identities to interpret the representations of the songs. The supporters positevly evaluated their leader and party and negativley evaluated the competing party and leader.....