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Droop Lion blames corruption of reggae artistes for Bobo Hill fire

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  Reggae firebrand artiste Droop Lion the Reggae Seal is incensed that the rastafarian reggae music community has been so silent about the razing of Bobo Hill, an event which he believes is a testament of the growing idea that the Rastafarian movement has lost its way because its leaders have grown corrupt.   
 
"The real truth is that the rasta dem bout ya have lost track of the mission where it is supposed to be, and no matter how old dem is, dem coulda grey from dem toe to dem brain, if dem lost track of dem ting, dem lost track. When me see all Bobo Hill bun down, some little infiltrators , a guy or a group of guy can get up and light fire and bun up rasta artefacts, how much generations ah grow pon the levels of artefacts wah de de so, and a guy or a group of guy can go burn that, ah lightning," he said. 
 
Rastafarians from the Bobo Shanti group in Nine Miles, St Andrew, made a report to the cops that an armed intruder started a huge fire on the premises, destroying multiple buildings, computers, and important documents last Friday after the man found one of his goats dead on the compound.
 
Droop Lion has theorised that the "judgement" that reaching Bobo Hill is indicative of the "corruption and hedonism" that has crept into the reggae rastafarian community. 
 
" I and I know say it ah come among us from within us as rastafari because we nah live with the unity we supposed to have. Man ah come play Selassie I, but we have Selassie already, His Imperial Majesty who lives and will never die, so if a man waan come play Selassie, dem ah go play an infiltration role and that will make judgment creep in pon dem," he said. 
 
The intruder started a fire at the gate as they were about to begin the morning devotion, Roll Call, around 6 o'clock. The man started multiple fires on the premises, destroying the conference room, the office, the guardroom and two houses.

 

 
Droop said that leading rastafarian artistes had failed the new generation of artistes and acolytes of the Rastafarian faith. 
 
"Rasta is head creator, how yu a call some guy rasta and dem nah create nothing? When yu look pon Bounty and Beenie Man dem, Aidonia, Vybz Kartel and Busy Signal,despite what dem say outta dem mouth, dem man de create ways, dem beat it and defend the dancehall youths dem, what happen to dem big dread inna culture music who fi come defend the rasta mutes? Dem mek some radio guy manipulate the youths dem," Droop Lion said.
 
"If I and I as rastafari nah live upful and live with morals and the behaviour pattern we supposed to have, ah pure judgement ah go reach we. And when we ah talk bout judgment, we ah think ah fi some people alone, but we every time the people dem judgement come,we fi know our own de inna it too, because if we nah live certain way round here, certain judgement caan gwaan, ah we ah the vanguard, we ah the gatekeeper, the man say if the watchman sleepeth, my lord, the city will perish because it will be invaded.  
 
He said the Rastafarian artistes have embraced hedonism and immorality in their personal lives and left the youths to stray. 
 
"The youths dem come in music and breaking, dem haffi do something fi break. Some man affi bleach, bore nose and tongue fi be a talk bout, some little man nah interview the youths dem good, ah pure foolishness dem a ask the youth.The words dem no worthy, the youths dem sound like dem caan read; nobody nah groom the youths dem. Dem ah some sexists and rapists. Some rasta ah gwaan like dem no use to sex, or dem no used to nothing at all, dem a gwaan like dem waan use that and mislead Jah people but a lightning, we ah go use the music and clean up some ah dem," he said. 
 
He implored the older generation of reggae artistes to take up the mantle of "governance".
 
"General dem supposed to lead the foot soldiers on the battlefield without any direction, then yu know say a lone distraction, and when the watchman supposed to watch over the city and then he fall asleep, then you know the city perish y invaders. Dem ah fight a morality war because of power, when I look and see the rastas today, mostly the ones in music, dem ah proclaim the levels but dem nah hold it, Dem nah govern," he said. 
 
"If dem did a govern, Jamaica wouldn't stay so, the world itself would have a breath of fresh air, rastafari know humility and how to restore amnesty into a city. When rasta man can get caught up in nasty sex, rum and heresy, we are supposed to be the vanguard of any society we living in. We have some powerful dreadlocks, some so-called man supposed to be powerful, dem walk away leave the trod that dem fight for and start. They want to proclaim other things that are not as natural as what they are supposed to be and stand for," he said. 
 
He pointed to a recent incident in which Capleton's vehicle was stolen to underline his point that the respect had dwindled for the older militant generation of artistes. 
 
"Mi inna the music and see that there is a tug of war for power.  How dem understand power but dem dont understand governance? Many man lose dem understanding, the man dem nah govern, the general walk away from the battlefield and leave the foot soldiers, dem need a real sword. When mi look and see man ah tief Capleton car inna little jamaica, Capleton ah one of dem man de weh if yu tek up a shoes fi him, the way the yute ,  the kinda governance he should have in every community within this society because of the influence of rastafari, the burden bearer. The amount of work him put in, no bwoy supposed to tief the general car, and a next door neighbour no see that,  or tell him yu car de de so or a guy find out say a Capleton car and bring back that, it simply mean a lot of morals lost in society," he said.
 
 
He praised the work of Bounty Killer and Beenie Man in dancehall but pointed to a lack of leadership in reggae music. He said the movement that saw many young men and women join the Rastafarian movement because of the message and power of artistes like Sizzla and Capleton have now grown disillusioned and confused. 
 
 
"Right now, the man dem plant whole heap a seed, and run lef the seed in the ground, and they shall bloom in the morning and wither in the evening, anyhow dem not nurtured, dem ah come malnourish. Every man dem get the scroll and know dem ting de, and still lef the youths to falter, but ah just fire, Selassie I," he said. 
 
"Mi rate Bounty Killer and Beenie Man who fight fi dem dancehall ting dem a keep up, so what happen to the rasta man dem? Dem plant seed inna a bagga youths dem, and now the youth dem a rise and no governance no de de. Why? Because dem  a fight fi the youngest set of youths for power, ah straight fire. Dem a talk say dem forerunners? Dem a fore-dunners! The amount ah lie dem a tell. The same ting weh de man dem bun out, dem a indulge inna it, if yu go pon the man dem block, dem drink the most Henessey. Even some ones in the media who war the youths in the media, and when yu sing good songs, dem gwaan like dem waan go round yu. Anyhow we rise and dem no have nothing fi do with the rise, dem caan gi we no chat bout ya, ah the people dem a road we ah represent for," Droop Lion said. 
 
He challenged certain reggae artistes to rise up and resume their leadership role in music and the wider society. 
 
"Mi nah hear Sizzla and mi nah hear Anthony B, the way mi know dem, mi know dem stand up fi the ting and nuh fraida Babylon, mi no know who get paid, mi nuh who get threaten. 'cause the yute who ah come behind dem nah no pattern fi follow cause dem never follow through with the ting, whole heap a judgement a gwaan, whole heap a judgement, because I and I lose the vigilance weh I and I  supposed to carry as rastafari inna this, ah just fire! Ah just fire until the one dem find back dem rightful place, and do dem right
 
"No man caan beat up on them neither, cause we know dem work hard, dem do dem all and dem hard work, and this ah Droop Lion, we fi have an army of rastafari, and we haffi have a army of rasta in music, dem fi known say Reggae Seal ah talk,  we ah go make this music greater universally. This is not a joke, we ah call up on the industry players, we no have no industry because of so-called behaviours, people in the media ah behave so-called, artiste ah behave so-called and don]t know dem purpose," he said.
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