Sunday’s win by Ziggy Marley for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards has lighted another flood of feedback.
Throughout the years, the Grammy judges have been censured at whatever point a Marley wins the Best Reggae Album classification. Faultfinders guarantee that if a Marley is in the class a win is guaranteed, as voters are attracted to their late father, Bob Marley.
Reggae history specialist and historian Roger Steffens, who anticipated that Marley would win his eighth Grammy, has said something regarding the talk. He trusts it is the ideal opportunity for Ziggy Marley to decay a designation for Best Reggae Album, thusly giving different acts a shot at winning.
“On the off chance that he (Ziggy Marley) is genuinely charitable, when he acknowledges it, he will declare that he will no longer acknowledge an assignment for the honor, with the goal that others will have an opportunity to bring home the trophy that he as of now has all that could possibly be needed of. The honor more often than not goes to the individual with the most name acknowledgment, and truly, at whatever time the collection is by a Marley, or a tribute to Bob Marley, it ordinarily takes the prize,” he said.
Marley’s self-titled set beat five different contenders including Falling Into Place by American band Rebelution. That was the top of the line reggae collection of 2016.
Steffens, creator of the approaching Norton Oral History of Bob Marley called So Much Things To Say, is not giving the Jamaican music industry a chance to free.
“On the off chance that Jamaicans truly think about winning Grammys they should venture up to the plate and get to be distinctly paying individuals from the Academy. If not, hush up about your reactions. Getting to be individuals from nearby parts can help compose votes in favor of meriting collections. The more individuals who really vote in the reggae classification, the better the odds that individuals other than Bunny Wailer and the Marley family can win the honor,” he clarified. “Yet, know, the Grammy has nothing to do with quality or deals. As I have said each year since 1985 when Black Uhuru won, it’s essentially name acknowledgment that conveys the swing.”
He asked the neighborhood organization to compose and campaign for an extra class for dancehall music.
“The other issue is that dancehall is regularly disregarded. We attempted a few circumstances amid the years I was the executive of the Reggae Grammy board of trustees, from 1984 to 2011, to get the Recording Academy to part the class into roots-reggae and dancehall. Since in this past cycle there were an announced 160 or more potential contender for designation, it is a decent time to appeal to for a split,” said Steffens.
Dancehall acts Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul and Buju Banton have won the Best Reggae Album Grammy.
Source: Jamaica Observer