Sting And Shaggy Discuss Cultural Appropriation

Sting recently teamed up with Jamaican singer Shaggy to launch a new reggae album. Their new collaboration is named 44/876, after the telephone codes for the UK and Jamaica respectively. But some argue that singing reggae when you are not of Jamaican descent is “cultural appropriation.” The former Police frontman has issued a response to those claims, saying the phrase “cultural appropriation” is “ugly.” “For me, reggae is something I respect and value, and take seriously. It’s something I’ve learned from,” he told BBC. “I owe a great deal to the whole reggae bass community. My spiritual, musical mentor was Bob Marley – who I knew – and I really feel that I’m doing something that feels authentic to me.” Cultural appropriation is a term coined by sociologists to describe the adoption of the elements of an ethnic minority culture by members of the dominant culture. Copyright(c) 2018 All Rights ReservedLess «

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