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Old September 28th, 2019, 08:12 AM
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Default Kingston's creative city and the dancehall ecosystem

In December 2015, Kingston was one of 47 cities added to UNESCO's list of Creative Cities. The specific designation was for music, one of the categories recognised by UNESCO. While Jamaica, and Kingston in particular, can boast creative activities in film, literature, the culinary arts, and others, none of these stand at the level of music, with its more than half a century of activity.

During this time, Jamaica has gifted the world eight distinct genres of music, including mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, and dancehall. Kingston is the music capital of the entire region and is more than worthy of this designation. But this notion of a creative city is a 21st century concept.

The idea, coming from Charles Landry and his advocates, is that old ways of thinking and living have to give way to new ways of thinking and urban living. Old things have to be made new. This new creative city is an inclusive, participatory space in which the means to making a living is through culture and creativity. Nowhere has this been more evident in the 21st century than in what I call dancehall's ecosystem.

Official figures from the Ministry of Tourism for 2018 show that a total of 89,500 Airbnb guests were reported in Jamaica, with hosts receiving an average of US$2,600 per year from these guests. My research conversations with many repeat dancehall tourists who began arriving in Jamaica since 2010 and beyond suggest that a high percentage of these Airbnb stays can be attributed to visitors from Europe, Asia, USA, and Latin America, who come to Jamaica to enjoy dancehall culture along its various contours all throughout the year.

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