“Notice dis now, if a man from Jamaica get nominate fi a Grammy, him don’t haffi have di tempo weh Reggae have and dem put it in a Reggae category. Suh dem call Jamaican music Reggae unlike America weh yuh have Pop, Hip Hop you know – and you don’t even get uh award inna di crowd or publicly,” he said.
Even as he rubbished claims being made by the French that France is the epicenter of Reggae, Fred Locks contended that Reggae remains at the pinnacle of the world’s music genres, evidenced by the fact that it has the most festivals in the world.
“There is no Hip Hop festival all over the world; no other genre of music has festivals in every continent. Reggae music is world music. Is we bring it to the world…,” he said.
“And France a claim like is dem own it. Wi a seh, is alright, claim if yuh want, but yuh can’t go gainst di truth, because the facts are there that it is our thing, is we create it, is here it come from, seen. Even di Duncehall music weh breed outta Reggae and di Afrobeat weh breed outta Reggae, di whole a dem love it,” he added.