THE nation of Jamaica has instituted an island-wide ban of all music which glorifies violence or sexual activity.
The ban, which became official earlier this week, is targeted at quelling the growing dancehall trend called â€œdaggeringâ€, where participants simulate sexual intercourse on the dance floor.
The style was popularised by dancehall star Mr Vegas, who released a song and video of the same name last June.
Under the new regulation, all music with lyrics detailing murder, arson, rape, and gun violence cannot be heard over Jamaicaâ€™s TV and radio broadcast systems.
Furthermore, DJâ€™s are not even allowed to play censored versions of songs, as the intent and suggestive nature of the tracks would still be discernible.
As the countryâ€™s most popular music genre, dancehall stands to be the most affected by the new ruling.
In recent years, the genre has endured heavy international criticism for the vehement anti-gay stance many of its artists advocate.
However, the decree will also limit the accessibility of Soca and Hip-Hop on the island.
Soca music is rarely explicit, but sometimes utilises sexual innuendo in its lyrics and is a staple sound of Jamaican street carnivals.
Hip-Hop has strong roots with the Caribbean island due to Jamaican-born DJ Kool Herc, who helped launch the genre of Hip-Hop in the 70s, after migrating to New York City in the late 1960s. â€“â€“ Allhiphop.com