In an opinion piece posted on Fuse TV there were some powerful points made about the genre of dancehall being ‘whitewashed’.
The point was emphasized that ‘Tropical House’ – a new movement which is being confused with the original dancehall beat out of Jamaica – is definitely not the real thing.
“Throughout 2015 and now well into 2016, dancehall has become increasingly whitewashed as certain pop stars have taken influences from the genre’s sound without crediting its origin. Being a proud Jamaican, I’m honestly sick of the whitesplaining that continues to come from people whose idea of our country probably doesn’t extend past sipping rum punch on a beach while getting their hair braided,” the writer penned.
Points were made to remind that the music didn’t originate from Europe. Rock n Roll which is fronted by whites actually had its inspiration from black artists but that’s not an issue all the writer wants is for the genre to receive the proper respect it deserves.
“It’s completely fine to borrow a handful of musical aesthetics, just as long as you know and acknowledge where it’s coming from.
Tropical house was first intended as ‘kind of a joke’ by its founder, Australian DJ/producer Thomas Jack. The sound picked up speed in the house/dance world thanks to Kygo, Felix Jaehn and Autograf. Soon after, the sound flooded into mainstream pop. In a late 2015 interview, Jack admitted he’s become annoyed with what the genre has turned into.
‘Tropical house was two years ago, y’know?” he said. ‘Then a lot people started copying off it and started changing the style of it. People would go grabbing, like, ’90s pop songs and putting %$#’ flutes over them,” this according to the writer.
It’s a real interesting piece and we had to bring the highlights to you…we truly hope it will get the thought processes flowing.