They may be from different backgrounds, with a disparity in age, but Bounty Killer and Jazmin "Jazzy" Headley share similar beliefs when it comes to charity. The dancehall kingpin and Canadian prodigy collaborate on Sing Sing Sing, the lead single from her first EP.
The nine-year-old singer/actress — who is scheduled to perform at the Jamaica Poetry Festival on August 14 — met Bounty Killer for the first time in Kingston early this week. Prior to recording Sing Sing Sing, she donated items to his Bounty Killer Foundation.
Jazzy, whose parents are Jamaican, was excited about working with one of dancehall music's biggest artistes, whom she refers to by his given name.
"The song is about singing and dancing, and that's what Rodney does. As a nine-year-old it's important to send a message through my music and he feels the same way," she said.
The EP, produced by Canadian Dennis Nieves, is scheduled for release on August 28.
Jazzy has been recording songs and writing poems for the past three years. Her first song, Tribute to George Floyd, was inspired by the racially-charged death of black American George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis in May 2020.
Bounty Killer (real name Rodney Pryce), 50, launched the Bounty Killer Foundation in 2018. It has assisted several institutions including the Kingston Public Hospital and Seaview Gardens Primary School, as well as struggling artistes Junior Byles and Tiger.
This will be the 12th staging of the Jamaica Poetry Festival, founded and organised by dub poet and cultural activist Yasus Afari. It takes place at the AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston, and features performances by poets from 10 countries.