As the government prepares to provide the police with increased powers and crack down even harder on protests as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, we must reflect, once again, on the role that the police force plays in imposing and conducting state-sanctioned violence on those who are most marginalised and exploited in society.
Since its emergence in the late 1970s, Dancehall has always been a male-dominated space. Characterised by computer-generated rhythms and highly sexual, often violent lyrics, the genre not only plays an integral part in Jamaican culture but has also become increasingly influential to musical sub-cultures worldwide.