Bring the family back

Monday, March 18, 2019

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With indiscipline rife in Jamaican society, veteran singer Jah Mike believes stewardship in the home is critical. He pours his feelings out on Take Care A di Family, his latest song.

The self-produced single was released in February on his Jah Mike Productions label.

“Family come first. When yuh set dat inna di home there's more love in di world,” he said.

This is Jah Mike's first song in four years. His previous effort, A Baby Needs A Mother And A Father, called for better parenting among Jamaicans.

Jah Mike (real name Lawrence Lugg) started his career during the mid-1970s in Barbican, St Andrew. At the time, that area and nearby Grants Pen community had a close-knit roots-reggae scene with artistes such as Edi Fitzroy and the Food, Clothes and Shelter Band.

In the past 20 years, he has juggled his time as artiste, producer and promoter of Stop The Violence, a series of live events promoting peace in inner-city communities.

Those shows featured artistes from troubled spots such as Barbican, Grant's Pen and Liguanea.

“Because wi had to be dealing with promotions for Stop The Violence, dat tek up most a wi time. A song like dis is important so wi had to get it out,” he said.

Jah Mike is scheduled to perform at Suga Fest in Atlanta, Georgia on May 26, alongside Dexta Daps and Half Pint.

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