Uptown Mondays In Kingston Jamaica Essay

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Over the past 50 years, numerous dancehall events have emerged in Kingston, Jamaica and therefore have become more ubiquitous. Uptown Mondays, one of the more recent ones, is considered a “sound system dance (Stolzoff 2000), and is held every Monday night at Savanna Plaza, Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10. Stanley-Niaah (2004) posits that such a venue represents a “cultural system in which the sacred and the secular, politics and economics, merge in celebration.” This paper seeks to relay observations noted on a visit to the popular dancehall event, Uptown Mondays, and to validate such observations against a backdrop of previous studies done by prominent dancehall scholars.
Stanley Niaah (2004, p. 110) clarifies that dancehall events’ appeal and consequent power converge around their names, which take the form of the latest dancehall and/or inner-city lingua. The name Uptown Mondays seems a bit controversial – controversial in the sense that even though patronage extends to other classes, “dancehall remains an inner-city phenomenon resulting from the location of key actors, spaces of operation, and production.” (Stanley-Niaah 2004, p. 107). Analyzing the name deeper reveals that it may just be a mere appeal tactic, hinging on the idea of Stewart’s (2002) pre-eminence of the external, in the sense that the name will attract core-participants who seek to detach themselves from the label of being ghetto/downtown and who (seek to) identify with an uptown lifestyle regardless of realities they have to face. By means of characterizing Uptown Mondays, Stolzoff’s (2000, pp. 194-195) “juggling” dance is applied, in which tunes are played in a non-competitive manner, as opposed to a “sound system clash”. This sort of characterization is based on how, why and by whom the music is played.
There exist rules of organization and rites of celebration that govern the use of the dancehall space. Stanley-Niaah (2004) outlines that there is an unmarked/unwritten but precise space in which dancing takes place and no one enters this space in the early hours of a dance, and patrons will skirt the space throughout the night until the DJ plays the appropriate or popular tune.. Upon arrival (at approximately 11:30 p.m.) Stanley-Niaah’s observations were almost paralleled as the venue was very much empty, of patrons at least. Vendors, on the other hand, were present – both across the road and within the venue’s perimeter – and seemed preparing for the night’s expected crowd. The variety spanned from the peanut-man (man selling peanuts and other like-products), to the pan-chicken man, to the average ‘one-stop-stall’ where a little of everything could be found. Inside the venue, a total of four bar stalls were observed, all fully stocked with popular drinks and alcoholic beverages. In addition, various other vendors were seen walking around selling an assortment of items. Later on when questioned about this, the organizer, “Witty”, explained that he does not prohibit or...

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