Jack Johnson wrote:
Since when was reggae an exclusive reserve of the rich?
For quite a long time now.
Many of the veteran artists might come from humble beginnings , the market is for middle & upper class folks, the elite, that just love to hear songs about suffering !
Much the same as middle class rap & reggae artists that like to make videos in the "hood" to show they are down with the sufferahs.
Poor folks struggle to get by , they can't afford to go to concerts & buy records.
It's just the system of things.
Check out the U.S for example, take away folks from the islands & most of the reggae fans are upper middle class , so they can afford to buy the product & say things like,
i love reg gay.
Then there is the "reg gay" fan that comes from a life of privilege & "slums it" trying to make their own way in life, now that's a whole story unto it's self .
Well I'm off to eat some caviar & listen to the marley's
Welcome to Jamrock..........
A guy that has lived a privileged life singing about the slums,
That is kind of funny