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Stanpipe wants youths to give thanks for life

Entertainer Stanpipe wants youth to know life is more important than material things.

It's the message he delivers in his single, Give Thanks For Life, released by New Beat Entertainment. The single is available on iTunes and is one of two songs the artiste has released, the other being Mary Jane Marijuana, done in collaboration with Sizzla.

"It's to make the youth understand that life is important. It's not a car or a whole heap of money," the Florida-based singer of "reality and culture music", said.

"It's some simple things like, you wake up this morning and you are breathing. Nuff youth take life for granted so me just want show them say the need to give thanks for life."

Stanpipe grew up around some of Jamaica's most celebrated acts, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, and was greatly influenced by them and their music.

"As a youngster, I would play ball with them and their kids every day, and I used to just sit and watch them every day," he said, recalling when he was in the constant company of other reggae icons like Judy Mowatt and Freddie McGregor.

His mother, Millie Phillips, cooked for Bob, he said, which gave him the opportunity to experience living among the musical greats. That influence, plus, the recent developments with regards to the legalisation of marijuana, were behind the genesis of his single, Mary Jane Marijuana.

He recorded the song and came to Jamaica to shoot the video when Sizzla heard it, liked the vibe and did the remix. The song, he said, was recently released in Jamaica but, in Florida, it has been doing "great".

"People love it and we blast it, and we've been getting good responses from it," he said.

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