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Bounty Killer goes 'Public'

Deejay donates beds, mattresses to Kingston hospital

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Thursday, February 08, 2018

As a teenager in the mid-1980s, Rodney Pryce was admitted to the Kingston Public Hospital with a gunshot wound. The professional treatment he received made a lasting impression on him and his family, and he always wanted to give back to the hospital.

That came on Tuesday when Pryce, better known as deejay Bounty Killer, donated 63 beds and mattresses to the institution, located in West Kingston. The handingover took place in the hospital's Henry Shaw Auditorium.

“I got shot in 1986 as a youth and I came to the Kingston Public Hospital for treatment, so there's some history with me and the institution. I got good service and I had no complications, even though it was a serious wound that I had,” Bounty said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

He added, “Since I became a superstar, I never contributed back to the hospital. This is just me being me. I never had a formal foundation, so this is really kicking off the Bounty Killer Foundation. This is just the beginning of something great.”

The 46-year-old artiste, known for hard-hitting songs like Fed Up and Look, has been a leading dancehall artiste for over 20 years. He encouraged more public figures to make similar gestures.

“This is something that not only artistes should do, but anybody in position in society. But especially my peers, my fellow artistes. Yes, I would want to see them do more. Artistes have been doing things but sometimes if the contribution is not humongous, people don't see it like an important thing,” he noted. “I have seen Lady Saw, Bugle and Konshens feeding people. Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo put on treats; a couple good things have been happening with entertainers, but sometimes the media just like to put out the negative one dem,” he continued. “What I am doing is a gesture to make the wider sector of society see we all have to try to help back Jamaica.”

Errol Green, chief executive officer at the Kingston Public Hospital, described the donation as timely.

“We don't have so much of a bed shortage, we have beds that need to be retired. These 63 beds have come a very long way to retire some of the non-functional ones. We wholeheartedly accepted the offer and we're really happy that this took place on Bob Marley's birthday.”