Unrest triggers In The City

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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MAY 2010 will go down as one of the most tragic periods in Jamaican history. The so-called West Kingston incursion took place, resulting in the deaths of 76 persons.

Singer Earth Warrior remembers following the clash between security forces and thugs loyal to West Kingston enforcer, Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

The bloody three-day incident inspired him to write the song, In The City, which is produced by the Uprising Roots band.

"There was a stream of violence at the time and Darren Hamilton (Uprising's manager) said he wanted us artistes to write positive songs," Earth Warrior recalled.

He agreed and wrote two songs -- Happy Song and In The City. Because of a fire at the Uprising Roots band's east Kingston studio in 2011, the original recording was damaged and the song had to be re-recorded.

It will be released this month.

Earth Warrior (Dino Pinnock) has been part of the Uprising camp for some time, juggling recording with his trade as an auto mechanic.

Recently, he released another single, Jah Jah Soldier, produced by Bus A Youth Production.

-- Howard Campbell

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