Question: Where does reggae music come from? | News
Jovan Johnson, Gleaning Writer
Question: “In which Caribbean country was Reggae music born?”
Responnse: “Trinidad and Tobago?”
Quiz Master: Incorrect
The question, first posed to a primary school student in the corporate sector during Television Jamaica’s Junior Schools Challenge quiz yesterday, was later passed on to a representative of the opposing team.
His answer: “Barbados”
Twelve hours later, the exchange was dominating discussions on social media in Jamaica.
Many commenters were shocked that the elementary school students participating in the Reggae quiz got the answer wrong.
Reggae was originally from Jamaica in the 1960s other forms of indigenous music like ska and Solid as a rock.
It was popularized by artists such as Peter Tosh and Bob Marley.
Local contractor, Gordon Swaby commenting on Facebook said he was shocked by the students’ responses.
“This is amazing. Min of Education???,” exclaimed Beverley Wellington Thompson.
However, Tyrone Hall, a Jamaican PhD candidate at Canada’s York University, had trouble with the question, which he says may have confused students.
“The question was poorly worded for the age group. No reference should have been made to the region. It confused them.” he wrote on Twitter.
“An unimportant context clue can put you off. That’s precisely what the inclusion of the region in this quiz question has done to students.”
An even bigger debate rages over whether reggae is losing its Jamaican character flavor due to globalization of the kind.
READ: Can Jamaica still claim Reggae music as its own?
Reggae scholar Professor Carolyn Cooper was thought-provoking in a Gleaner article in November.
“So we gave reggae music to the world. But sometimes we act like reggae was stolen from us,” she said, adding that Jamaica doesn’t “own” the music because the genre is also deeply rooted in African history. .