Music

Feluke upbeat despite shortfall

By Simone Morgan-Lindo
Observer reporter

Monday, October 02, 2017

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CLOSE to $3 million is still needed to offset the medical expense of reggae singer Feluke, who is battling colon cancer.

On September 24, Freddie McGregor, Queen Ifrica, Agent Sasco, Tony Rebel, Ky-Mani Marley, Shaggy, Capleton, Voicemail, Duane Stephenson, Alaine and Minister Carlene Davis were among several entertainers who performed at the Carl Hendricks Auditorium at Jamaica College in St Andrew to assist in raising funds for his treatment.

Speaking with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, musician Mikey Bennett said they are still way below the US$40,000 target, but Feluke and his team are very optimistic.

“So far we have raised little over a million dollars. His GoFundMe account was out of commission for a while as there were some problems with it, so that kind of slowed things up,” he said.

Earlier this year, the singer underwent a “natural treatment” of herbs and nutrition at the Clinica CIPAG in Tijuana which has improved his condition. However, he needs to undergo an operation in Mexico to remove the tumour.

“Ideally we wanted to leave the island within the next two weeks, so we are exhausting every possibilities and hoping this will happen,” he said.

Bennett said despite the financial setback, Feluke is extremely positive.

“When you live a life like Denver, it's like you are prepared for anything. Nothing comes easy for him. He was abandoned at a bus stop as a baby and grew up at Alpha (Boys' Home). He is just one who will roll with the punches and just look for the good in any situation,” he said.

Bennett further stated that Feluke also battles sickle cell anaemia.

“In a recent conversation with him, he was explaining that he had experienced the worst pains with sickle cell and that condition was preparing him for his battle with cancer. He is so optimistic and is one of the strongest persons I know. When we are worrying about what we don't collect, he is seeing the amount of money we collect and is extremely grateful,” he said.

At the recent charity concert titled 'The Healing', Bennett said persons were moved to tears as Feluke gave them a glimpse of his inner thoughts.

“He spoke about times in the past when he just wanted to die, but now that he is faced with death he is asking God to spare his life,” he said.

Feluke, whose given name is Denver Smith, began his musical journey at the Alpha Boys' Home. His artistic journey continued with The Ashe Company where he honed his skills as a percussionist.

He was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014 and placed on treatment which appeared to have it under control. However, a few years ago it returned in a more aggressive form, affecting his lungs.

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