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Don Hines calls for a Revolution

Friday, December 29, 2017

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WITH 2017 winding down, several entertainers have bemoaned Jamaica's frightening crime situation in song. The latest is singer Don Hines, who recently released Revolution .

The song, co-produced by Mark Giles and Courtney Crichton, hears the Philadelphia-based Hines reflecting on another year of bloodshed in his homeland.

“The reason why I wrote this song is because of the times we are living in and because of leaders who refuse to put themselves in the shoes of the have nots even for a hour or day,” Hines told Splash.

“The senseless killings of our own people is another cause for writing this track; who have ears and heart will respond to the call ...it's a global anthem for change.”

According to Hines, Revolution will be the lead song from his new album, which he expects to be released in the first quarter of 2018. Giles and Crichton (known for his work with Screwdriver and Lavaskar) are behind the project, which he says has songs “filled with great reminders of hope and good living for people regardless of bounds and bonds”.

Revolution is among a number of songs by Jamaican artistes inspired by rampant crime in Jamaica. The police report that over 1,500 homicides have been recorded in the country to date; there has also been a flood of kidnappings and assaults.

Some of the most horrific crimes have taken place in St James, Hines' birth parish. He is from the district of Ramble Hill, but has lived in the United States since 1986, working as a singer, producer and booking agent.

His first song, Love In The Air, was released in the 1990s. He has also toured the US, Puerto Rico, and Africa with singer Don Carlos.

— Howard Campbell

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