Artiste Tony Rebel is adamant that dancehall should have been included in the huge Jamaica 5 concert set for London as it would reaffirm the point that dancehall music does not have to be negative. "Dancehall is a product of Jamaican music. Those who exclude dancehall are very wrong. There are positive aspects of dancehall and it should be represented in the show. It looks like the era of the 1980s-2000s are missing from the line up. I would have loved to see Cocoa Tea, Lt Stichie, Admiral Bailey and Tony Rebel on that show."
The 'sweet jam down' singer says he doen't see why he wasn't chosen to represent the country's musical legacy since he continues to play his part in spreading its visibility. I think those who made the choice could have done better consultations. Mi deh London right now and me did a look forward fi deh pon the show. We deh ya a represent Jamaica right now, so why we can't represent Jamaica 50?," Tony Rebel inquired.
Spice thinks the line-up showcased that Jamaica does not support dancehall music despite so many persons being employed in the business.
Konshens agreed and stated that "this is a slpa in teh face to all of us as dancehall acts."
Queen Ifrica too is upset as she said there isnt a strong female line either, " Dem need fi stop trick the Jamaican people into denying themselves, It's a depressing feeling." She said it appears as if the island does not support dancehall music, yet it's a huge part of our culture.