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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:

  1. 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.

2. Spice also dubbed her iconic “So Mi Like It” for Hanna.

3. PNP Central Manchester, Peter Bunting, was also “out and stuntin’” in a dub released to the tune of Stylo G’sDumpling“.

4. As expected, Beenie Man dubbed “We Run Road” for his girlfriend and West Rural St. Andrew candidate, Krystal Tomlinson.

5. PNP President and candidate for East Central St Andrew, Peter Phillips, released a dub featuring Dovey Magnum’sBawl Out“.

Over in the camp of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the competition is steep:

  1. 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”.

2. Intence dropped bars in his dub for “Yeng” in which he proclaims, “him [Holness] ah give di yutes ah better life”.

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”.

4. Teejay dubbed his hit “Owna Lane” for Floyd Green, candidate for South West St. Elizabeth.

5. Christopher Martin rewrote the lyrics of his song “Big Big” for North Central Clarendon candidate, Robert Nesta Morgan, “endorsing him to the fullest”.

If this election was determined by dubs, who do you think would win?

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