Anti-gay Reggae music dubbed “Murder Music” has been prevalent amongst a number of Jamaican performers has been linked to violent attacks on the LGBT community in both the UK and Jamaica where it has even seeped its way into Jamaican politics.
But now International reggae artist Mista Majah P formerly known Major P has become the first reggea performer in history to release the world’s first pro-gay reggae album.
Called Tolerance and featuring rainbow stripes on the cover, the album includes 11 songs, variously in support of same-sex marriage and adoption by gay couples, as well as attacks on homophobic bullying and the US military policy, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The tracks also feature swipes at the anti-gay prejudices of ‘murder music’ reggae singer Beenie Man and of the Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding,
Mista Majah P states:
“My hope is that this CD, ‘Tolerance’, will break down the homophobic stance that certain reggae artists and heads of government have taken towards the LGBTQ community. Because of the hateful songs that some performers have been singing, gay people have been threatened and harmed. Some foolish people act upon what these artists are preaching because they worship these artists like gods. My music is about tolerance. It shows that reggae music can respect gay and lesbian people. Reggae music used to be about love, peace and unity. Now it is too often about bigotry and violence. I want to bring the music back to its progressive roots.”
Since releasing the album, Mista Majah P has received numerous death threats and has been warned to not return to Jamaica.