Aug 21, 2010

Guyana minister: Rum may be fun, but don't glorify

Guyana minister: Rum may be fun, but don't glorify
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100821/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/cb_guyana_rum_lyrics

Sat Aug 21, 2:29 pm ET


GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana's top health official is urging popular singers to stop soaking their lyrics in rum.

Health Minister Leslie Ramsammy says recent radio hits such as "Bring De Rum" and "Rum Till I Die" are undermining efforts to reduce alcohol abuse in Guyana.

The health ministry is conducting surveys to evaluate alcohol's influence on popular culture, including chutney, a style of dance music laced with Caribbean and East Indian rhythms.

Ramsammy said Saturday that he was not suggesting a ban on rum-drinking songs but called for artists to focus more on positive messages.




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