Has the Current Crop of Musicians in the Caribbean Region Deviated from This Practice of Being the Voice of the Voiceless

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University of the West Indies Open Campus – St. Lucia
Name: Cecilia Clovis
I.D. No.: 309100682
Course Code: FOUN1301
Course Title: Law, Governance, Economy and Society
Course Coordinator: Mr. Orville Beckford
E-tutor: Mr. Lance Gibbs
Assignment No.: 2
Date: June 26, 2012

Historically, Jamaican and other Caribbean musicians gave the world a conscience as they became the ‘voice for the voiceless’ not just at home, but also internationally. Has the current crop of musicians in the region deviated from this practice? Explain your response.

The Caribbean is home to many of the world’s greatest and renowned musicians. Musical icons like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Mighty Sparrow and Jimmy Cliff worked hard; and with their great musical talent were able to use their music to inspire and create a level of consciousness in black people of the region and all over the world. These men, through the lyrical content of their music touched the lives of the down trodden, lifted the spirit of the hopeless and stirred in the hearts of men and women the passion to fight against the injustices of their own region and in so doing sensitised the universal world. Bob Marley’s music is just as popular today as it was in the early seventies when he released the single ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and has continued to live on even in his absence. His music and that of his fellow counterparts; has continued to be the voice for the voiceless, regionally and internationally. Their music has been an opportune medium, which was used successfully to bring to the fore many of the social, political, economical issues that have plagued our societies. It was Bob Marley who sang “one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”, and indeed, historically, the influence of music on the lives of Caribbean men and women have certainly…...

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