The Permanent Commission Media of the Chamber of Deputies received representatives of urban music and content creators in radio and digital programs with the aim of listening to their ideas to improve the foul language that incites violence through music and the media.
The Commission was chaired by Deputy Elpidio Báez, who expressed the interest of the Chamber of Deputies to hold an exchange of opinions and consultations with the sectors involved to seek solutions to this problem that manifests itself in all musical genres, but mainly in urban music.
Báez clarified that the deputies do not seek prior censorship or place an obstacle, but rather seek a way to establish new regulations that prevent this music from reaching vulnerable sectors of society without a filter.
Junior Sosa, director of radio station KQ 94. 5, said that since a few years ago they have been made Making efforts in this regard, but that the influence of music from other countries, added to the fact that young people no longer consume music from the radio, but digital, has increased the problem, since these platforms are almost impossible to regulate.
While DJ Jhonny is pleased that the content is not previously censored because music is the expression of the people, and the urban one is the expression of the neighborhood and in it is reflected what is lived in the neighborhoods. He considered that it is the responsibility of artists to classify their content for adults, but that it is a duty of parents to verify the content that their children see.
The rap interpreter, Toxic Crow, said that it is time to see that positive side of urban music. The “dembowseros” generate significant amounts of money and this adds to the Dominican Republic in tax matters.
They propose solutions
Toxic Crow argued that it is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that the established standards are met, but at the same time to encourage interpreters to create content with clean letters for all consumption. He added that the authorities want to regulate the content of Dominicans, while that of Puerto Ricans passes without any regulation.
An option proposed by Toxic Crow to improve the lyrics of the urban genre is to place stamps of exit impediment in the passports of the artists who incur in this practice, which in turn would make it impossible for these singers to make international tours.
He also gave as an example that YouTube has an option called Plus 18 which consists of directing the content to people over 18 years as long as it is requested. And he assured that all digital platforms have controls that can be applied and those who do not use them for the content that warrant it will be sanctioned.
Luymy Corporán, announcer, stated that artists of the urban genre have been abandoned and that we must create more opportunities for young people, take them into account and improve education. Corporán joins the initiative to financially encourage artists to work with clean lyrics and thus counteract music with negative content.
While La Insuperable considered that it is everyone’s responsibility to seek solutions that do not affect urban singers and at the same time propose alternatives that encourage artists to improve the lyrics.
Hansel Lantigua, producer of the digital program “Seasoning the famous”, said that there is no consequence regime that punishes in time those who violate the rules. He confessed to feeling outraged and frustrated at seeing the debauchery in the media and not seeing these people being sanctioned.
On his side, Ovandy Camilo, announcer and defender of rhythm and clean lyrics, suggested that he be create international cooperation laws to regulate content directly from digital platforms.
“Just as there is an extradition agreement, there may be an agreement to control the content of digital platforms,” added Camilo.
The producer of the Bajo Mundo program, Capricorn, said that the line between classes has been drawn by those of high society. He denounced that there are no guarantees from the State to improve the conditions of those who are trying to reintegrate into society.
Capricorn said that a young man who sings dembow is one less criminal. It recognizes that artists must improve content, but must be seen as allies, not enemies.
Deputy Bolívar Valera said that public policies must be created to encourage creativity, and proposed the initiative of the Orange Law, which seeks to create art schools in neighborhoods, with funds to reward good initiatives.
Betty Gerónimo considered that as legislators they should commit to improving education from infancy, which is where we have to start, so that these children follow the good example. He asks urban people to join in looking for solutions and working together.
Elpidio Báez, president of the commission, pledged with the other legislators to investigate those agreements silver plated by those invited to this meeting to avoid that adult content reaches minors.
Báez also said that they will continue to meet with all the sectors involved until they find the definitive solution without negatively affecting the artists, but that they strengthen respect for the norms and good customs of the Dominican people.
The legislator announced that the next guests will be the ministers of Culture, Milagros Germán, and of Education, Roberto Fulcar.