by Howard Campbell
NEW YORK – In November, 2022 Dr. Richard Amenyah, regional director of the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, gave a daunting report on the state of the illness in Jamaica.
He mentioned information from his group confirmed that 30,000 individuals in Jamaica had been dwelling with HIV. Every week, Amenyah added, there are “near 27 Jamaicans changing into contaminated.”
Singjay Azee was not conscious of these ominous figures, however isn’t stunned. On Can’t Inform, his newest music, he calls on Jamaican males to be sexually accountable.
“Why I do that music is as a result of I do know 5 individuals who died from it (HIV), two of them within the music trade. The message is to open the eyes of the individuals on this planet as a result of HIV remains to be round and anybody can catch it,” mentioned Azee.
Can’t Inform is a collaboration with Mr. Lexx, DYCR, Energy Man and Junior Cat. Azee, who is predicated in New York, produced the music together with his brother Ansel Owen, for his or her Crown Worldwide label.
He said that Can’t Inform’s message is straightforward, however profound.
“All wi a sey (we’re saying) is, do di proper factor. An excessive amount of individuals getting contaminated, and a few are dying,” mentioned Azee.
Can’t Inform is one among a number of songs on the Candy Lyfe compilation album which was launched in 2016. The challenge additionally has songs by Half Pint, Sizzla and Gyptian.
It was launched on a remixed model of that ‘riddim’ by engineer Steven Stanley, whose credit embody songs by Sly and Robbie, Black Uhuru, The Tom Tom Membership and Grace Jones.
Dancehall/reggae artists, typically reviled for his or her flamboyant way of life, have inspired Jamaican youth to chorus from free sexual apply. Buju Banton’s Willy (Don’t be Foolish), and Rubbers by Frisco Child, are examples of these musical campaigns.