Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Protoje join The Crime Free Christmas Project
11/24/2016 by Gardy Stein
"All I want for Christmas is to stay alive, can't take the sound of the 45!" sings Tarrus Riley on a special delivery for the upcoming holiday season.
C-Sharp-member Lamont "Monty" Savory came up with the idea for the #CrimeFreeChristmas project, reacting to the ever present violence all over Jamaica. He recently told the Jamaica Observer: "I was just reflecting on the level of violence taking place in the country, especially against our children. I then thought of the feelings that the Christmas season usually brings about... happiness, joy and that warm, homely vibe and how much we seem to be moving away from this. I then decided to do something to bring back that feeling through music, as we are all aware of the vital role entertainers and entertainment can play in this country."
In an exemplary move, he contacted top-shot Reggae- and Dancehall-artists Christopher Martin, Tessanne Chin, Busy Signal, Agent Sasco, Duane Stephenson, Tarrus Riley, Protoje, Chronixx, D-Major, Tifa, Konshens and Kevin Downswell, and not one of them hesitated to join in.
Each of the above provides a track and a video that will be premiered daily, starting December 1st. Hopes are high that this non-profit effort will go viral and reaches as many people as possible. And you can do your part! Not only by sharing the musical outcomes of this project, but also by embracing its message, which is not only directed to criminals and gangster, but to every single one of us. Be mindful of how you treat your fellow men and women out there – every time you put your anger and frustration on someone else, it might be the last straw to make that person snap. Ease the tension!
Giving the word back to Mr. Singy Singy: "Let's take a stand against crime and violence! Christmas should be about family, food and fun... mek wi take back wi community, wi family and wi country not just for Christmas, but for 2017 and beyond!"
Stay tuned for more details about the project! Listen to Crime Free Christmas by Tarrus Riley here: