The constraints put on mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic has made soundclashes the template for electoral campaigning in the Caribbean and Jamaica is no different. Jamaican politicians have made good use of its local dancehall artistes to help their campaigns.
WI Kulcha has compiled a list of ten dubplatess from the two main parties that you must know to keep up with this soundclash.
The People’s National Party (PNP) has an impressive selection of dubplates, most notable being:
- PNP candidate for St. Ann South East, Lisa Hanna, seems to be the “Trending Gyal” this election according to Shenseea and the reception on social media seems to validate her popularity.
Over in the camp of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the competition is steep:
- Prime Minister and candidate for St. Andrew West Central, Andrew Holness has the most dubplates out to date. Shenseea remixed her single “Sure Sure” for “the most honourable brogad”, calling for his re-election because “di future bright if brogad in it”.
3. Candidate for St. Andrew North West, Nigel Clarke, made good use of his name by choosing to dub “Clarks Pon Foot.” As Jahvillani said, “when yuh talk about clarks, yuh haffi talk about Nigel Clarke”.
If this election was determined by dubs, who do you think would win?