Larome Graham learned the hard way that 'daggering', done without the permission of the recipient, can be a dangerous and bloody exercise.
The 34-year-old attended a recent street dance held in the Southside community in central Kingston, and obviously feeling the dancehall spirit, he decided to follow the instructions of the selector and 'dagger' the nearest female. It turns out, however, that she was not in the mood for that sort of thing and sank her teeth into Graham's bottom lip to show her disapproval.
He told THE STAR; "Mi deh a Chubby Dread memorial, rouna Southside and di selector seh mi mus hold har. So mi start dagger and she jus spin roun an bite mi. Mi bawl out fi di people dem hear mi. Di people dem seh mi mus hold on pan her, but she neva waan let mi go."
Graham said he was later told that the woman, who happens to be a friend of his, was drunk. He has also decided not to press charges against her, saying "Mi nuh want dem lock her up."
Drunk or not, what his 'friend' did has taught Graham a lesson well learnt. From now on, he will only dagger with permission. "Mi nah dance wid no girl. If she waan dance wid mi, mi wi do it. Mi nuh waan get no more bite."
Daggering, the subject of many recent songs, is one of the latest moves to hit the local dancehall scene. The dance is sexual in nature and involves a man gyrating suggestively and somewhat aggressively, with a woman.