Miss A vs Jamaica Dance Hall Queen

Miss A new single “Breathe” breaks Korean’s Top 10 charts on music portals all over the mainland. The inspiration behind the infectious hit is the mild influence of reggae.Jamaican and Rastafarian  culture is attractive to most outsiders do to its laid back vibe. With the nation itself the ideal of island paradise.”No worries, be happy” seems to be the motto when it comes to Jamaican lifestyle. The music is deeply  rooted within the culture and is the foundation of hip hop next to African.  You can throw in any dance hall track and suspect the party to start jumpin’. Doesn’t matter what language you speak dance hall music will guarantee a good time. No wonder why so many Koreans and Japanese artists experiment more with Jamaican style music than any other ethnic beat.

There is something that is key to dance hall…..its the dance. When ever the drums start or the DJ drops a reggae beat, its time to show off your best dance move . I have to give Miss A so much credit in their dance version of “Breathe.” The video is water down version of how dance hall queens can move. It was perfect for Miss A but small beans compare to the real thing. Every year in Jamaica and Jamaica Queen,New York Dance hall competitions are being held. Women from all over, different races and creeds compete to be title Queen of The Dance Hall. This isn’t for the faint of heart or wannabe show stoppers. Dance hall divas show case they’re best acrobatic and gymnastics along with some dancing skills. Having their own costume to match that  leaves little to the imaginations. The whole point is like any other dance competitions. Show off you best dance move,earn the title and win a cash money prize. Women from Poland, American to Japan are willing to go the extra mile and fight for glory. Miss A can’t really compare to what these ladies can pull off in a matter of minutes. Any thing from flying splits, hand stands into a spread eagle while shaking every part of their body.  It’s enough to make the Korean censors go blind.

Miss A “Breathe” Dance Version

Verse Jamaican dance hall queen competitors

Note: Japanese woman at 7:31

In the end Miss A has given dance hall some justice while still appealing to their target audience. You don’t see flying splits or spread eagles but you can tell Miss A was having fun. The only other video I can think of that showed off Jamaican style booty shaking is Stony Skunk’s “Boomdi Boomdi” from Ragga Muffin first MV version.

This had to make some Koreans and Japanese YG fans jaw drop in stare even though the dancing in this video is pretty weak. Jamaican culture is like Latino culture despite the conservative  government and laws it’s still sexual charge. Most people from the Caribbean don’t care for race majority of time because we are so heavily mixed. For Blacks/Latinos  who are from the Caribbean island know it’s  about good food, good alcohol and happy spirits for all. Maybe that is something people from the far east can learn and spread to other neighboring nations.

 

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  10. Wrong
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 06:38:41

    This is bizarre. this blatantly stole from dancehall culture and in no way promoted jamaica or dancehall culture. I am flabbergasted. Totally, absolutley bamboozled. In no way does this recognize it’s influence, (theft).

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