Canadian recording reggae artiste Tasha T has stormed into the new year with the release of a hard-hitting, socially conscious single In A Di Jungle produced by iconic reggae producer Mikey Bennett.
The single, released this month on the RasVibe Records label, is the first from her highly anticipated album, Real Talk, which is currently in the final stages of production. Reggae music insiders are already raving about her clear, haunting vocals and the powerful lyrics which paint a grim portrait of inner-city life in Jamaica's slums.
The song,In A Di Jungle, epitomises the challenges faced by youth in inner-city neighbourhoods and raises a series of serious and timely questions about why people from disadvantaged backgrounds are faced with so much hardship, and forced into choices that ultimately cripple or end their lives.
"The song warns about the consequences of choosing the path of a gangster. Through this song, I want to show my support for the ongoing Stop The Violence movement in Jamaica and across the world.I am reaching out to the youth of the world telling them to stay away from violence and crime," Tasha T said in a release. "You can look to a better future if you get a good education. To be successful in life, stay away from the gangster thing; it does not pay. It's not worth it. Life has so much more to offer. Live up and love up. It will suit you better."
Tasha T is no stranger when it comes to providing positive upliftment for young people.In 2012, she served as the musical ambassador for the Read Across Jamaica Foundation, an organisation whose mission is to introduce creative and interactive methods of reading that encourage children to enjoy literature.During that period, she visited over 20 primary schools in Jamaica, participating in reading activities and providing words of encouragement.
InA Di Jungle, was recorded at Grafton Studios and produced by the legendary Mikey Bennett, dubbed by music insiders as the "Quincy Jones of reggae music". The song features exciting vocal arrangements and crisp vocal phrasings - Mikey Bennett's signature production style - and FM radio has already responded well to the song.
"The early feedback has been encouraging, we are going all out with it. There are plans to do a video next month when I come to Jamaica, we have to get this message out," Tasha T said.
The single is available on CDBABY and through digital retailers world-wide. The Real Talk album is scheduled to be released in April.
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