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Hope, Donna
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High Grade Forever: Popular Music Discourses of a Jamaican 'Weed Mecca'
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36th Annual Caribbean Studies Association Conference
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May 30 - June 3, 2011
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Curacao
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Notions of the weed, herb, high grade, ganja, sensi, collie, kaya or marijuana are constructed and projected through Jamaican popular music as an important cultural tenet of Jamaican life and activity. These lyrical projections draw from and build upon the centrality of marijuana as a herb of healing and religious centrality in Rastafari culture, and move beyond to idolize marijuana as an organic facet of an unspoiled and pristine island. Using the lyrics of select Reggae and Dancehall songs, this paper examines the popular cultural centrality of high grade or marijuana in Jamaican popular music and explores how the outward projection of this popular music dialogue constructs and represents Jamaica as an international “Weed Mecca”....
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