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Mista Majah P: New Reggae/Dancehall song promotes LGBT rights


Mista Majah P “Rights” for LGBT people


Jamaican born reggae dancehall performer Mista Majah P has released a song that promotes love for gays.

The song is titled “mista majah p rights (tyler clementi-asher brown)” on YouTube at

The song speaks out against the intense, homophobic “kill LGBT” message of many dancehall tunes produced by Jamaican artistes such as Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Craig Parks (“Dr. Evil”), Capleton and Sizzla.

Buju Banton says that “controversy sells.” “Rights” is bound to create a lot of controversy. Let's hope that it sells!

Ironically, some of the murder music artistes like to claim that most of their work is “positive,” “conscious,” and “uplifitng.” Capleton even has a song, “That Day Will Come,” which talks about “equal rights and justice for all.”  You can see Capleton's “kill LGBT” lyrics at

You will find “Rights” to be truly positive and uplifting.

We have learned, to our surprise, of an older dancehall song by Tanya Stephens, “Do You Still Care” that has some pro LGBT lines in it. There are a number of versions of this tune on YouTube including an acoustic version and a version with lyrics. Here's the non-acoustic version  The acoustic version of “Do You Still Care?” has been on YouTube for more than three years! Who knew?



For some further reading about dancehall, “fyah burn,” homophobia in Jamaica
Sexual acts in Jamaica between two consenting adult men are illegal under their “buggery” laws. This is also true of the other English-speaking, former British colonies in the Caribbean, except for the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The penalty for breaking the “buggery” laws in Jamaica is up to 10 years at hard labour.
Sex between two consenting adult females is not illegal in Jamaica, but many Jamaicans think that it is. Lesbians in Jamaica are subject to assaults and discrimination. They are also subject to “corrective rapes.” Unfortunately, there are also “corrective rapes” in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
Jamaica is a deeply religious country and it is about 80% conservative Christian denominations. Jamaica boasts that it has the most churches per square mile of any country in the world.
Rastafarians are a minority religion in Jamaica, perhaps 5% of the population. They believe in the Old Testament of the Bible. They do not eat pork or shrimp per Old Testament teachings. The dreadlocks and beards are also from the Old Testament. The Rastafarians believe in the anti gay teachings of Leviticus 20:13.
LGBT people are discriminated against or despised in all the segments of Jamaican culture: Government, law enforcement, education, churches and in medical care.
The U.S., Canada and the U.K. grant asylum to LGBT people from Jamaica. Gay people are even set on fire or burned alive in their homes in Jamaica. People with AIDS have been “necklaced.”
Suggested Reading:
“Dancehall Dossier”

Time Magazine “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth?”

Amnesty International USA “'Battybwoys affi dead:' Action against homophobia in Jamaica” “What happened to 'One Love'?”

Human Rights Watch “All Jamaicans Are Threatened by a Culture of Homophobia”  

The Atlantic “How AIDS Became a Caribbean Crisis”

UK Independent “Jamaica: A grim place to be gay”


(The word “batty” means “butt” in Jamaican Patois. “Batty man” is a derogatory term for a gay man in Jamaica and the Caribbean. We translate “batty man” or “batty bwoy” as “faggot.”)

Watch these YouTube Videos:

“Dr. Evil- My name is”

“Batty Boys Need to Stay Far From We”

“HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean: A deadly cycle of stigma and secrecy (part 1 of 5)” 


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