To Top

Dancehall Vs Jazz music

Gerald Albright will headline the Jazz Safari at the Kampala Serena Hotel this evening.

Gerald Albright will headline the Jazz Safari at the Kampala Serena Hotel this evening.

Two international concerts are taking place in Kampala this evening. Sqoop assesses the genres and the artistes.

One genre of music is characterised by polished, well bred individuals who have a “discerning” taste for music and apparently love the finer things in life. The jazz musicians themselves take years horning their skills at playing instruments, as this is not a genre for every music wannabe.
For the other genre, all a musician has to do is jump into studio, mumble a few sentences about “wining gyals, beating liquor or legalising the herb” accompanied by a “riddim” for about three minutesm and another hit song tears through the dancefloors.  The dancehall fans themselves don’t have to be sophiscated. They just have to watch a few Jamaican videos for the girls to learn how to “bubble” while the guys “rub-a-dub” them.

But while the jazz lovers frown upon dancehall fanatics, looking at them as unpolished, skimpy, weed taking no gooders, the dancehall fans look at jazz lovers as pretentious wannabes and stuck-up boring people who love to be seen in high society even when they don’t enjoy the experience.

The two genres are pitted against each other this evening. In the blue corner (Kampala Serena Hotel) will be the annual Nile Gold Jazz Safari featuring fine jazz musicians like Gerald Albright, Marion Meadows and Regina Belle.

In the red corner (Kyaddondo Rugby Grounds) will be Jamaican hot-shot Konshens famous for hits like Gyal A Bubble and Do Sum’n. Which side are you on?  One thing for sure though is that both Jazz and Dancehall have origins from slaves who were taken from Africa to work on plantations in the US and Jamaica. The US slaves gave us jazz while their brothers in Jamaica gave us dancehall. Talk about music coming back home.

More in Features & Profiles


    Up to now, Juliana is still a force to reckon with on the entertainment but since the demise of her only...

    Nelson BwireMarch 21, 2017
  • Archilles juggles radio and acting

    MASAKA: Achilles Lukyamuzi is a radio presenter who joined the film industry at a tender age. Today he is one of...

    Christine NakalungiMarch 18, 2017
  • Seeing the light at Kayanja’s 77 DOGS

    CALLED TO SERVE: Some of them were once household names, but somehow they disappeared from the social scene. But looks like...

    Christine NakalungiMarch 11, 2017
  • How to be…the flamboyant Zlatan

    I AM ZLATAN: Despite his inflated ego, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has banged goals everywhere he has gone and is paid millions of...

    Christine NakalungiMarch 11, 2017
  • Hustler : Benny Moses Kavuma

    STYLING YOU: His aim after A-Level was a government scholarship for university, but sadly it did not come his way. So...

    Christine NakalungiMarch 11, 2017
  • Roden Y: 10 years of hustle

    HANGING ON: Roden Y is not new on the music scene. He has been around for 10 years and he recently...

    Christine NakalungiMarch 11, 2017
  • Byg Ben Sukuya: Rap king of East

    Who is Byg Ben Sukuya? My real name is Ben Kuloba. I am a rapper, performer, recording artist & writer from...

    Christine NakalungiMarch 11, 2017
  • How to be…the controversial Prophet Kakande

    REAP WHERE YOU SOW: Surely by now we have all heard about that holy rice and seen all the memes. What...

    Christine NakalungiMarch 4, 2017
  • Da Agent: Could he be Uganda’s fastest rapper?

      Lugaflow master: Many have compared his style to Ziza Bafana and Gravity Omutujju but Da Agent says people have no...

    Christine NakalungiMarch 4, 2017