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Britain’s Got Reggae, too, says UK promoter
Contrary to the belief that Jamaica’s reggae music is being appropriated by entertainers across the globe, especially in the United States and Europe, Leicester resident and founder of Britain’s Got Reggae, Cyrlene Braithwaite, told The Sunday Gleaner that this is not the case. “Sometimes it is not about people stealing or earning off another country’s culture. For example, in the United Kingdom (UK), there are actually a lot of talented people of Jamaican heritage or who have migrated from the Caribbean, while a few are just passionate about reggae’s influence and presence,” she said.
“Taking part in Britain’s Got Reggae competition was an amazing experience for me. As an artist and performer, I have learnt a lot on how to prepare a show more effectively as well as to how to deal with the little pre-show pressure and deliver a great performance.
I took part two years in a row and received mostly constructive feedback. Throughout the period I was involved, I was able to focus on bettering my vocal ability and be more strict with myself in terms of lyrics and appearance. I also met lovely and inspiring people, including many other artists who were all committed to being at their best, which created a friendly, productive and sometimes challenging atmosphere.
I believe in Britain’s Got Reggae ability in providing a serious ground to the artistic growth of UK music artists and representing a wide range of the Reggae genre.”
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