Jahazeil calls for positive music
Jahazeil Myrie

GIVEN the proliferation of negative influences bombarding Jamaica's youth, Jahazeil Myrie is suggesting that schools should use morning devotions as a way to restore proper values.

"There are a number of positive songs which we do not even hear being played on radio, songs of inspiration and hope which will help our children to grow up as responsible adults. Additionally, schools could also invite these artistes to perform their songs during devotion, along with short motivational talks. This would incur no additional cost to the artistes — who would be increasing their fan base — or to the schools," he told the Jamaica Observer.

Recently, Jamaica's regulatory agency, the Broadcasting Commission, issued a directive requiring broadcasters to immediately stop airing any audio or video which promotes scamming, abuse of drugs, illegal or harmful use of guns, or any form of criminal activity.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has endorsed positive lyrics, not only in schools but across the length and breadth of Jamaica. He believes negative songs glorifying illicit drugs, illegal guns, and violence are not only affecting education, but our culture and values.

Jahazeil is currently promoting his single Hold On.

"This is a song of inspiration, of hope and determination to continue one's journey despite the disappointments in life. I am ready to take this message in as many schools as possible," he said.

Released in 2018, Hold On is produced by Delly Ranx on the Cotton Swab Riddim on the Pure Music Productions label.

Born in Havendale, St Andrew, Jahazeil began his music career in 2014 and was inspired by a number of artistes, including his father Buju Banton.

His other songs include No More, and Do Good. His EP, The Message, was released late last year.

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