Alozade cries for Justice
THE rape in September of five females, including an eight-year-old, had a huge impact on singjay Michael Sterling, more popularly known as Alozade.
The dancehall artiste has reacted with a passionate and hard-hitting song entitled Justice, which condemns paedophiles and 'raper bwoy'.
The father of two children says he is "alarmed by the raping syndrome which seems to be plaguing Jamaica", and felt an overwhelming sense of urgency to address the issue.
"My heart bleeds to see the level that Jamaica reach. We all have a responsibility to be our brothers' and sisters' keepers, but a lot of us don't want to live that truth," said Alozade.
He added: "I was lucky to have been raised by a mother who taught me values and respect. I lost her in April, but all that she passed on to me, I will pass on to my children. We need to teach the kids in school a subject called 'values, etiquette and manners', because too much lawlessness taking place."
In 1999, Alozade erupted on the music scene with Street Dreams recorded for Byron Murray's In the Streets Records. He followed up in 2000 with the monster hit Bad Man Nuh Pet Gal.
As a producer on his South Block label, Alozade scored two number one hits on the Chrome rhythm with Inna Har Heart by Capleton and Keeping It Jiggy by Elephant in 2004.
Alozade is currently in the studio working on new songs.
"As an artiste, a catalogue is important, but in this dancehall music, especially, you have to be very current, so right now it's all about the studio and focusing on getting out some good music," he said.