Pessoa points to cause of crime in JA

Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Singer Everton Pessoa is pointing to the breakdown of family structure as a major contributor to the crime epidemic.

The reggae singer was speaking with the Jamaica Observer at The Lion's Club of Kingston's annual fundraiser, Musical Delights, held at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston recently.

“The family background is gone. Whether it's the babymother or the babyfather, we all can live together so we grow the children together a particular way. Let us say you're not ready for marriage, you can set up the thing. The Bible said you have to train the child in the way they should grow so when they are old they should not depart [from] it. People ago seh is because a this, and it's because of that, but one time it was the family and the village growing the children. Right now pickney just left loose on the road to do what they like so this is the effect of it — that's why we have so much crime,” he told the Observer.

Part-proceeds of the event will go to the construction of a building for the organisation's sight clinic on Beechwood Avenue in Kingston.

In a dazzling performance, Pessoa performed his track Oh If We, the winning 2011 Festival song, and declared his wish to see a change in St James. The parish has been under a state of emergency since January 18, following a recorded 335 murders last year and six murders since the start of this year.

Pessoa, a music teacher in Seaview Gardens, believes entertainers can help in the reduction of crime.

“They play a pivotal role, but you see what they are doing now is as result of what they went through then. So we caan go say Kartel this or Alkaline that. If you take it back, to even Yellowman or some other artistes, you realise that certain things started breaking down. So I don't know how we're gonna rein in back the horse — cause dem seh the horse gone through the gate — but we have a part to play in this,” he said.

Pessoa is currently working on his debut album, which will feature covers like Carlene Davis' Going Down to Paradise and recorded singles like When Dem Seh Lose.

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