Saturday, January 1, 2011

Learning from conversations in the Dancehall genre of music

Matthew 6:31-32 (King James Bible)
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

New International Version (©1984):

For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

New Living Translation (©2007):
These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

Over the holidays I had the chance to listen to Dancehall music both secular and gospel. On Friday new year's eve, G-d brought to my mind a revelation or observation regarding the musical content.

For secular Dancehall, the lyrics of the artistes are focused on material things and life in the physical realm. They are concerned about clothes, food and the everyday struggles of career, power and meeting human needs.

For the gospel Dancehall, the lyrics are focused on spiritual consciousness and on overcoming personal and spiritual vices.

To make these points, I have embedded four videos here. As you will observe the secular Dancehall music videos are focused on achievement, the attainment of personal greatness and the pursuit of wealth. When you listen to the gospel or Christian Dancehall, you will get a sense of a different struggle. For in the Christian's Dancehall lyrics and conversation, the struggle is not regarding survival in this life, but regarding the struggle for spiritual purity

Enough of my commentary. Just listen for yourself to the lyrics and just forget about the music. (If you can't hear the lyrics, you can always Google them).

Secular Dancehall

Gospel Dancehall

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