is an open letter to all (DUB) Reggae
Producers and Artists who consider
themselves to be a disciple of Yesus
Kristos. Please forward it to whoever you
might think concerns this...
Greetings in the Name of the Divine
Saviour Yesus Kristos!
As I write this letter, my thoughts go out
People who work in the production of music
and consider themselves to be followers of
Yesus Kristos. How different are all of we!
Some I know personally, others I only know
from their musical works. Some have been in
the Reggae Industry longer then I, and
The letter concerns you, me, and actually it
concerns the whole Reggae Industry as well
as what we call "Christianity".
But I will limit myself to you and me.
Because it is you and me who primarily can
do something about the situation which I am
about to describe.
As long as that Rhythm called Reggae exists,
it has been played by a wide variety of
people. The music originated on Jamaica and
"everybody" on the island
contributed to the development of Reggae.
The UK became a stronghold too, because of
the many migrants from Jamaica to that other
island in front of the European continent.
It is this culture, which runs things when
it comes to Reggae Music.
Added, every artist and/or producer of (DUB)
Reggae should be considered to be a promoter
of the music in the same time. Should be
considered a contributor to the development
of the music. If only because the music
promotes freedom justice and equality.
Throughout the decades, it became clear how
there were many parasites who came and
tasted something from Reggae Music, only to
incorporate it into their own succesfull
None of them should be considered righteous.
None of them should be considered doing JAH
WORK in this. Agreed?
There were also those, who contributed to
the culture in some way or another. What to
say about UB40? Or that singer of the band
Simply Red, the founder of that magnificent
label Blood and Fire? They all know: respect
due where respect is due.
It should only be logical for a true born
again Christian, one who knows himself to be
saved by the Blood of the Saviour, to give
respect to everyone. The struggle for
freedom and equality that is even
incorporated in the very rhythm that the
music is, should be considered one's very
own struggle too. At least, when one claims
to be born again through the fullfilled work
of Yesus Kristos.
It goes even beyond that, my dear brothers
Within Reggae, there has allways been a
place for Spiritually based music. You see a
dread, chanting the words of JAH through the
microphone and you see ones chanting
slackness. But within Reggae Music, there is
allways a place for Spiritual people. It
doesn't matter whether they call themselves
Rasta, or Christian, or both or none.
I met a lot of new Reggae artists, who like
me, consider themselves to be disciples of
Yesus Kristos. The last 5 years, this number
is only growing. I met a lot of these
artists over the Internet and to my surprise
many of them had no background in Reggae at
all. This was, by the way, about the same
time I realized that I myself was growing
older and there was allready a younger
I started producing music in the 1980's.
Around 1984 I voiced over DUBs and later Jah
gave me the grace to be the founder of a
band which still exists today. I also have
my own studio in which I produce DUB music.
I cannot love my Lord and Saviour Yesus
Kristos enough. I cannot praise the Messiah
enough. I cannot stop chanting down Babylon
with the Truth and I do so in most of my
I cannot stop making Reggae Music, I cannot
stop being part of this Music. I just cannot
stop being part of promoting this Music as
well! I would have to betray the very music
that I love in order to do so!
I have allways received nuff respect from
everyone in the Reggae Culture. Ones who are
not known to be so spiritual gladly handed
the mike over to me, knowing I would chant
about Yesus Kristos.
This is Reggae Music, and so it is.
This music cannot exist without this
culture. And yet, it is this very culture
which is threatened. The threat comes from a
parasite listening to the name "CCM"
or "Contemporary Christian Music".
Unlike the name suggests, there is nothing
"Christian" in this "CCM"
industry. And the CCM Industry now threatens
Reggae Music. CCM threatens to divide the
disciples of Yesus Kristos within Reggae
We hear about "Gospel Reggae" as a
specific genre within the CCM industry more
and more. The very name indicates a
seperation from Reggae Culture based on
something called "Gospel".
Little groups and labels starting up,
everything supposed to be
"Christian". These very same
groups and labels are consciously and
willingly seperating themselves from the
rest of Reggae Culture, in order to become
more acceptable in the CCM Industry.
CCM "imitates" certain Musical
cultures, they call it
"sanctifying". In Reggae, they
would speak about "Sanctified
Reggae" or "Gospel Reggae".
The "sanctification" lies within
the idea, that a withdrawal from a certain
Culture is neccesary in order to be a
Christian. In order to "still
enjoy" your own culture, you are then
allowed into what many call a
"Ghetto" in which you will only be
sourrounded by other CCM artists and
Don't take my word persay. Search the
Internet for a man called "Steve
Camp". He is a well know Christian EX-CCM
Artist who has identified the unchristian
nature of this "Contemporary Christian
Music" Industry. On his Weblog,
he explains a lot.
Let it be an established fact, that CCM
in itself is big business. A much bigger
business than the whole of Reggae Music!
So it can be attractive for a (DUB)
Reggae Musician who loves Yesus Kristos, to
start a carriere in the CCM industry rather
then helping to promote Reggae Music as a
To cross over, as it were... To walk into
the "Gate to God" that CCM
pretends to be.
It's "safe", there is no
"temptation" and there is no...
Until a few years ago, the parasites from
the CCM industry had bypassed Reggae Music.
The disciples of Yesus Kristos who were
working wihin the Reggae Industry were not
so sad about this, either.
But times are changing...
Many within CCM even go so far as to
consider every artist who professes to be
following Yesus kristos as their Lord and
Saviour a "CCM Artist".
It is on this false ground, that a
"Reggae branch" of the CCM is
coming into existance. Ignorant, innocent
Reggae Artists are tempted by the wealth of
money within CCM, by the fact that there is
"a world to win" when it comes to
CCM approved "Reggae".
The deal is: as long as you don't smoke
marijuana, you are considered a "Gospel
Reggae Artist", no matter what you
think about this yourself.
This is a very dangerous situation which has
allready produced tragic conflicts between
brothers and sisters in Yesus Kristos. :et
me give you one example.
There is one "Gospel Reggae"
label, who advertizes one of their artists
by calling him a "True Christian"
alternative to another artist who is also
know to be a disciple of Yesus Kristos.
And so, little by little by little, CCM is
stealing away (DUB) Reggae Artists with an
appeal to their faith in Yesus Kristos. But
this very same appeal to that very same
Christian faith is in fact an appeal to sell
your new born Identity as a marketable
product in an industry.
Don't get me wrong: this is not about
expressing your consciousness in word and
sound while producing your music. This is
not about selling your music even when it
contains such expressions of faith. I mean,
you are a musician. What else can you do but
praising JAH with the methods of your skill?
But mind you, in this context you are no
different then one who makes bread to sell
on the market. The bible is clear how we are
to serve Yesus Kristos in everything that we
So that includes our occupations.
So then, how does it come that we as
musicians need a so-called "Christian
Industry" in order to express our
honoring of Yeshua?
How does it come, that we as Reggae
Musicians need a so-called "Christian
Industry" in order to express our
honoring of Yeshua?
Is that not an insult to the very Culture
that comes with Reggae Music? Are disciples
of Yesus Kristos not welcome in the Reggae
Industry? Are disciples of Yesus Kristos to
step out of the Reggae industry to become
marketable products themselves in a
In more then twenty years of being actively
involved in the Reggae Industry, I have
never been given one inch of resistance from
my fellow workers in the Reggae Industry.
I have allways seen myself as responsible to
promote this music too, giving credit to the
Originators. How can I do that when I have
to leave that Industry?
Because by selling myself to CCM, I seperate
myself from my Brothers and Sisters in
For CCM and Reggae Culture do not go hand in
hand. In fact, they oppose each other. And
the opposition has nothing to with what the
Bible calls "sanctification". It
has nothing to with what the Bible calls
"holy living". In fact, it has
nothing to do with following Yesus
And this is exactly where CCM threatens
Reggae Music needs promotion. Reggae Music
needs world wide promotion. We owe it to the
founders of Reggae Music to stay loyal to
the Roots, too. The Reggae industry is not
big and so I consider it only logical that
the mere fact I am a (DUB) Reggae producer
and artist brings me the responsibility to
promote Reggae Music.
By becomming a CCM artist, you will no
longer be developing Reggae Music. You have
seperated yourself from the very same
culture that brought you the music you now
base your carriere on.
CCM does not need any promotion. It is
allready a big business and a bad business
on top of that. It makes use of the Name of
Yesus but has nothing to do with promoting
the message of the Divine Saviour!
Therefore, there are no legitimate reasons
for (DUB) Reggae producers and artists who
know themselves to be saved by Yesus Kristos
to seperate themselves from others in the
Reggae Industry in order to get into a
"Gospel Reggae" industry where the
very same faith that we have been given
freely, is being transformed into a
marketable and sellable product.
To display one Christian against another in
order to sell one Christian's music against
the other Christian is a serious act of
dividing the Church of Yesus Kristos.
So I am calling on all (DUB) Reggae
producers and artists to take a strong
stand against CCM. CCM steals righteous
Reggae Artists away from Reggae Culture in
order to make them work for an industry
which shamelessly has Christianity as their
I am calling on all (DUB) Reggae artists and
producers who know themselves to be
followers of Yesus Kristos to take a strong
stand against the temptation that comes from
the CCM industry.
realize, that signing up for any CCM label
or distribution company is only on the
basis of your faith in Yesus Kristos, yes?
Please think a little further along that
Please realize that you're selling your
very faith, instead of your music!
Yesus Kristos did not die in order to
create the CCM Industry. Yesus Kristos died
in order to save you and me from the eternal
damnation we knew our futures to be without
I beg you, you are much needed within the
Reggae Industry! No, not to make the Reggae
Industry into one "Church". Just,
for the sake of Reggae Music alone! When
Reggae becomes stronger, as a whole, this
will lift up many so-called third world
It is very difficult to get something going,
being a Reggae producer. I know that to the
fullness. But not to the fullness of many
Originators of Reggae Music, who have been
robbed by their royalty payments and are now
starving in the ghetto's of the city.
Whatever the tempter might tell you, there
is no reason to sign up for a CCM company
when you are a (DUB) Reggae producer. And
there is every reason to stay right where
I thank you for reading this letter. Please
pray about it, and read the Scriptures about
it. Please reason about it. And please,
please, forward it to everyone you think
might be interested in reading this letter.
I do not consider any CCM Reggae Artist to
be my enemy, even though I have been
continually labeled a heretic because of my
consistent unwillingness to join CCM and
critisize it. I am willing to talk both
publicly and privately about this open