V Merchant revisits the War Zone

Friday, May 24, 2019

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Singer V Merchant reflects on one of the bloodiest incidents in Jamaican history with his latest song, War Zone, which was released on May 1. He wrote and produced the single which revisits the May 2010 west Kingston incursion.

“After watching several televised reports about the series of incidents, and seeing the mothers, wives and girlfriends telling their stories about their loved ones who were taken away or killed, I was really moved by it. The stories that these people shared, prompted me to tell the rest of the world. War Zone is my interpretation of the unfortunate incident,” V Merchant explained.

War Zone was recorded at Cave Man studio in east Kingston with a live band.

Tivoli Gardens was hardest hit in the two-day clash between security forces and gangsters loyal to that community's enforcer, Christopher “Dudus” Coke. Seventy-three civilians and four members of the security forces were killed.

Coke was captured and extradited to the United States where he is serving a 23-year prison sentence for racketeering and drug-related charges.

Born Vencotte Merchant in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, V Merchant grew up in Trelawny and made his recording debut three years ago for Westmoreland-based Handcart Productions. His recordings include Put it On Me featuring Tiger and Seek Righteousness with Natty King.

V Merchant is also promoting Regrets, another song he wrote and produced.

— Kevin Jackson

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