A Jamaican reggae singer Mista Majah P has released the world’s first pro-gay reggae album titled “Tolerance” with rainbow stripes marked on the face of a man on the cover of the album, the album features eleven (11) tracks variously supporting same-sex marriage, adoption of children by gay couples, attacks on homophobic bullying and the US military policy, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
The tracks feature anti-gay prejudices music from dancehall icon Beenie Man and remarks made by Prime Minister Bruce Golding, during his interview on BBC.
Although Mista Majah P is not gay, he’s a strong supporter of the LGBT community and for gay equality. According to pinkwire.co.uk during an interview with the artist he explains why he created the album, “I want to counter the myths that all Jamaicans are homophobic and that all reggae music is violent and anti-gay. I’m seeking to challenge ignorance and reach out to gay people”, he also added
“My hope is that this cd, Tolerance, will break down the homophobic stance that certain reggae artists and heads of government have taken towards the LGBTQ community.
Because of anti-gay slurs in music, members of the gay community have been threatened and harmed in various ways. Due to the level of ignorance in music sang by members of the music community, their followers act on the lyrics making the lives of gay individuals uncomfortable, Mista Majah P says his music is about tolerance, It shows that reggae music can respect the gay community around the world.
Since releasing his album, Mista Majah P has received numerous death threats and has been warned to not return to Jamaica he’s forced to remain in California where he currently resides.
You can listen to a sample of the album at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mistamajahp22 , you can also purchase a copy of the album from the site.