The dancehall/reggae community has done its share of mourning this year with the deaths of several artistes, the most recent being deejay Captain Barkey.
Deejay Harry Toddler had no morbid thoughts when he recorded the song Life Goes On months ago, but said his latest release is a tribute to his departed colleagues.
"It not based on Barkey death or Tanielle death, is jus' a vibes come by how the song write. It sad but at the same time it have a positive message," Toddler told Splash.
Barkey and his lover Tracy Bennett were murdered at a Bronx, New York hotel in October by her ex-spouse, an Haitian national who subsequently killed himself.
Tanielle Baxter was an associate of Downsounds Records, the Kingston label that distributes Life Goes On. He also died last month.
"Mi miss Barkey bad, bad, bad. Always encourage wi as youth," said Toddler. He described Baxter as "a real soldier for Downsounds".
A video for Life Goes On, filmed by Downsounds head Josef Bogdanovich, will be released soon.
Life Goes On is among a clutch of new songs by Toddler, a former member of the Scare Dem Crew which also included Elephant Man and Nitty Kutchie.
Broadtail and Mek wi Dance are also recent releases. The former is done with Elephant Man.