Biggaton adds voice to crime fight

Brian Bonitto

Wednesday, March 26, 2014    

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CONCERNED with the rising level of crime in Jamaica, Rastafari reggae artiste Biggaton puts his thoughts to music on the single Crime Stopper.

"It's not about pointing fingers. It's about giving solutions, so that things would be better for us all," Biggaton told the Jamaica Observer.

The deejay said the track takes aim at gunmen, police, clergy, media and musicians.

"It's a general advice song," he said.

The track — produced on his Imhotep C Records, in collab with Star Inaction Records — was released last August. But Biggaton believes the single is even more relevant today.

"It is always relevant unless the current situation changes. As a Jamaican, a Rasta and musician, I have to assist in fighting crime through music," said the artiste, who is in his mid-30s.

He said he is pleased with the response to Crime Stopper, which is the first single from his upcoming live album 20/20 Vision and Beyond. Two other singles Live Longer and Why They So Ungrateful are scheduled to be released next month.

"We just want to see how well those singles do before releasing the album," Biggaton said.

According to the artiste, 20/20 Vision and Beyond will have 22 tracks (11 deejay singles and 11 chanting). The set features I Band doing backing duties.

Hailing from Green Vale in Manchester, Biggaton said his music should be uplifting to his listeners.

"Every song has a positive message. They should be something me and my children can sing," he said.

Biggaton (given name Kevin Roye) got his first taste of recording while attending the Christiana- based Holwood Technical High in 1989. However, he got his break on Want A Thing (1999), a collab effort with dub poet Mutabaruka.

He has since released two albums Eyes of the Wise and Optical View.





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