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Skygrass does it for the children

BY SADE GARDNER
Observer writer

Monday, January 01, 2018

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Electronic reggae group Skygrass is using its talent to help wards at the Maxfield Park Children's Home in St Andrew. The band launched the series Cosmic Rotation in September as a means of offering live acts to venues across Kingston, while donating part proceeds to the home.

The next live show will be on January 27 in Kingston.

“It is a show we do every other month. The idea was actually something we did years ago and we just decided to bring it back in a better way this year. We are focusing on the Maxfield Children's Home as it allows us to make a better impact on the lives of the children there. We do what we can and use what we have to positively contribute to our country and our people. If we can expand it in the future to help more people, that would be great, but we know that you have to start somewhere,” lead singer Simon Samuel told Jamaica Observer.

Patrons are also encouraged to take donations in the form of clothes and canned food.

State minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture, Floyd Green, said in April 2017 that the home is one of several to benefit from a refurbishing project. The facility currently houses 86 abandoned and homeless children.

“They take children from all 14 parishes. We believe efforts for change are always best when directed towards helping children — they need it,” said Samuel.

The Cosmic Rotation series has since had performances by local acts Kim Nain, Sezi, Looga Man, Slu, Jason “J-Dub” Worton, and Tara Harrison background vocalist for hip hop singer Lauryn Hill.

Samuel hopes the event will become a household music festival which incorporates acts from all genres.

Formerly known as Blu Grass in the Sky, the nine-year-old group comprises Samuel (also rhythm guitarist) and his cousin, Rasheed McCallum, who is a guitarist.

Skygrass is currently working on a 14-track album being produced by Rory Stone Love.

“We're not ready to release the name yet, but it's gonna be a roots-reggae album. We know that we're going to release it before summer next year,” said Samuel.

Skygrass is known for songs such as Immortal Steppa, Peppa Sauce and P ass the Kush featuring the late reggae singer Frankie Paul.

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