You don't have to smoke Marijuana to do reggae

You don't have to smoke Marijuana to do reggae

- Gramps Morgan said one doesn't need to smoke marijuana to be a reggae/dancehall artist

- He also said in all his years he's never smoke weed or consumed alcohol...ever

- He urged Ghanaian artist to clean up the negative perception people had of reggae/dancehall

Celebrated international reggae artist, Gramps Morgan has stated that one doesn't need to use marijuana to be a reggae/dancehall musician.

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You don't have to smoke Marijuana to do reggae

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According to the Grammy Award winning reggae artist, one doesn't need to smoke weed/ganja in order to be a reggae/dancehall musician, and therefore asked the public to change their perceptions of the music genre.

Mr. Morgan said that the genre had been plagued by this false perception due to artists who's lyrics only spoke of smoking week, violence, vulgar language, and disrespectful lyrics towards women. He iterated that the reggae and dancehall artist in the country were projecting the wrong image of the genre.

Speaking to the Graphic Showbiz on the sidelines of a ceremony held at the African Regent Hotel, Gramps Morgan revealed that even though he's a reggae artist, he's never even smoke marijuana or consumed alcohol ever in his life.

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The ceremony at the African Regent Hotel was to appoint Gramps Morgan as the international ambassador of PANAFEST 2017, it was held on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2017.

You don’t even need to have dreadlocks to be a Rasta. I know Rastafarians who do not have dreadlocks. The first thing you have to do is to have love in your heart. It’s a religious movement but people get caught up in the hype and fall prey to pressure to be and act like the people they see on TV,” he said.

He expressed that everyone has their own perception of what it means to be a Rastafarian. Although he said that when it comes to music "we have to let the youth know that they just need to be free to sing positive songs with clean lyrics and they do not all have to be gangsters”.

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