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monkeystyle wrote:I think the main problems is the stereotype of ganja. Legalize it.
underated wrote:reggae does attract the tokers out there, of course it does, if there was no weed probably less people would listen to the music.
SimonJ wrote:I've got no experience of the industry and its use among singers and players but guess that some do, some don't and the ones that do don't let it interfere with their professionalism. In my one and only visit to Jamaica I must say I found it pretty widespread!
Apostle wrote:underated wrote:reggae does attract the tokers out there, of course it does, if there was no weed probably less people would listen to the music.
That's exactly what I wonder about. The way you put it it seems like reggae attracts smokers because it's smokers music. This suggests that it always has been this way, and that's what I doubt about.
I read here and there that in the first roots sessions in the UK, people were just standing and listening to the music. The reason they came to listen was because this was music with a militant message that gave people in a difficult situation at that time something to hold on to. Drinking and dissolute behavior wasn't tolerated, people didn't gather there to 'chill out' or 'go wild'. It's only later, when the sessions became bigger and also drew a smaller white audience, students were sitting on the floor and rolling spliffs.
Of course I wasn't there in the 'early days' so what I'm writing here is from hearsay and partially speculation. But this anecdote makes me wonder if there ever has been a lot of truth in the cliché of weed smoking black men that make reggae. I suppose in rasta communities there was effectively a lot of ganja smoking for spiritual and ritual purposes, but as I said that's entirely different from the recreative smoking that we know.
MulatuAstatke wrote:I'm pretty sure reggae and music in general has always been about enjoying yourself, especially in the situation of a dance/blues. I don't think people were just solemnly standing about listening to heavy bass, not all the music was about rasta and not all the music was about ganja. I think its more been the Shaka influence which has continued to this day that encourages the stand still, meditate on bass weight, testoreone fuelled, minor key funeral music. Back in the ska days rum was the inebriator of choice and I doubt they held back.