STAR of the Month : Let people party in peace - Ding Dong insists there is no need for a 2 a.m. lock-off time
Over the past few months, there have been discussions about whether or not there should be an extension on the 2 a.m. lock-off time for entertainment events.
However, STAR of the Month Ding Dong believes the discussions are unnecessary. For him, the solution is simple; "let the party ring on until."
The dancer-turned-deejay told THE STAR that there should be no cut-off time for entertainment events, and parties should be allowed to go on until patrons decide they can party no more.
Ding Dong insists that there is a direct link between parties and crime. He explained that the former balances out the latter, and helps to bring stability to the community.
"Two things work out in a inner city. Either yuh have music a play and yuh work wid da form a noise deh, or gunshot," he said. "Music is a thing in a inner city weh create stability and calmness. A dancehall party in a community bring peace and stability. A di only thing weh bring people from dis side and people from dat side together. Everybody keep dem calm, when dance a gwaan. Nobody nah violate."
He also explained that persons who are insisting that the 2 a.m. lock-off time remains unchanged are hypocritical. He said some of those persons would be quick to call the police to turn off a session, but hesitate to call police to give information on other more serious wrongdoings.
CALLING THE POLICE
"Some people inna di community will call the police when a man keep a party one time fi di week, 'cause dem seh di music a make noise a dem head. But guess wah? If war a gwaan inna di community and dem people deh can't come out fi go do business or anything, dem nah call police and say Tom, Dick or Harry a fire shot," he said.
When asked if things are as black and white as he was making it out to be in terms of choosing between parties or war, Ding Dong said, "Don't think I'm giving leniency to gunmen fi say if a nuh dance then a gunshot, because that's not what I'm saying," he explained.
"I'm just saying that music help people take dem mind off things. Partying help occupy people time, and so dem have less time fi other things."
Ding Dong insisted that his sentiments were just opinions, but explained that if the authorities intend to stick with the 2 a.m. lock-off time for events, they should be prepared to face continued difficulty as that is the time most persons usually start filling up events.
"Most people nuh start come a dance till dem time deh. That is just the culture in Jamaica, and it hard fi change that," he said.