Hezron – Save the Children

Hezron - Save the Children

Hezron Decries Child Abuse on Save The Children, Single and Video To Be Released June 24th

The Powerful Plea to Protect Our Youth is the Third Single from Hezron’s Much Anticipated Third Album M.O.A.M. (Man on a Mission) due on Tad’s Record on July 29th

Disturbed by the alarming number of news reports of brutal acts committed against the youth, including physical and sexual abuse, Jamaican singer/songwriter/musician Hezron Clarke urges protection of our most precious resource and our future, on his latest single, “Save The Children,” which will be released June 24th, via Tad’s Record. “Save The Children,” written, performed and produced by Hezron, featuring Dean Fraser on saxophone, was recorded in Kingston at Tad’s International Recording Studio and MountainLion Music JA.

Hezron was initially inspired to write “Save The Children” after watching a documentary about child soldiers in Sierra Leone; an estimated 14,000 children aged 8-14 were recruited by both the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and Sierra Leone Army (SLA), in that west African nation’s vicious, eleven-year civil war. “The documentary showed the armed rebels going into the villages and taking the strongest, youngest children, oftentimes maiming or murdering their parents, then sexually abusing the children, putting guns in their hands, giving them cocaine and other drugs and turning them into zombie soldiers, so brainwashed child soldiers were fighting each other; after I saw that, I started the song in my mind,” Hezron explained. During Hezron’s tour of Jamaica earlier this year supporting his reggae anthem “Man On A Mission,” the first single from his M.O.A.M. (Man on a Mission) album, he learned of the widespread atrocities suffered by children across the island. “Radio personality Jennifer “Jenny Jenny” Small (of Hitz 92 radio) told me that there are numerous homes for unwanted children in Jamaica and the dons and gangsters in the ghettos rape some of these kids, take them away and turn them into killers,” Hezron said. In Jamaica, the Child Protection Family Services Agency (CPFSA) received 9,800 cases of abuse against children in 2020. Sexual abuse accounted for 20 percent of these reports. The children’s registry reports an average of 700-800 cases monthly for 2021 and UNICEF reports that approximately 79 percent of children in Jamaica will experience some form of psychological or physical violence in their communities or homes. “When Jenny explained the egregious, intense situation, with fathers and uncles abusing young girls and boys, a fire built up inside of me and I had to get it out so, I took out my guitar, then the melodies came followed by the chords and then the words.”

Hezron begins “Save The Children” with a poignant line spoken by one of Sierra Leone’s child soldiers featured in the documentary, “Daylight don’t come shining again cause all your rays display these days are pain and sorrow,” which he rhymes with a rejection of the hollow assurances from leaders throughout the world who have failed to safeguard our youth, “Promises, keep your promises, yeah, ‘cause I see no change initiate for a better tomorrow.” But it is the song’s simple yet powerful chorus and the haunting, heartfelt pain in Hezron’s vocals, that convey the urgency of the situation, as he wails, “Oh oh oh oh oh!! Save the children, save children, the future to this earth/ Oh oh oh oh oh! Save the future, save the children.”

Hezron started writing “Save The Children” in March 2022 and he completed the song in mid-May, observed as Child Month in Jamaica, less than two weeks prior to the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed. Three days before the song’s release, on June 21, a mother and her four children aged 15, 10, 5 and 23 months were found dead, their throats slashed in their Clarendon, Jamaica home.

The video for “Save the Children” was filmed at Steer Town Primary and Junior High School in St. Ann, Jamaica, directed by Devon Morris, who is responsible for many of Hezron’s acclaimed videos including “Man On A Mission” and “Tik Tok I’m Coming.” “We went to a school in St. Anns and filmed kids having fun, reminding the world of that wonderful, innocent vibe that children have and needs to be protected. We also put in the video clips of what is going on with children internationally, children in the Ukraine orphaned by the war with Russia, child soldiers at war in Africa, children fatally shot at schools in the US, and children murdered in Jamaica, showing the injustice and horrific acts committed against them around the world”

“Save The Children” is the third single from Hezron’s much anticipated third album M.O.A.M. (Man on a Mission) due on Tad’s Record on July 29th. The album’s second single “Tik Tok I’m Coming,” a scorching, sensual, soul jam, has sat at number one for four weeks on Clinton Lindsay’s South Florida Reggae Charts and Richie B’s Jamaica Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart.

For more information about Hezron, “Save The Children” and M.O.A.M. Man On A Mission album, please contact Tad’s Records at: USA – 1-877-4Reggae / Jamaica – 876-929-2563.

Hezron – Tik Tok I’m Coming

Hezron - Tik Tok I'm Coming

Kingston, JA-Dynamic Jamaican singer/songwriter/musician Hezron will release “Tik Tok I’m Coming,” the sensuous second single from his much anticipated third album M.O.A.M. (MAN ON A MISSION) on January 21, 2022, via Tad’s Record. Ranked by Reggae industry insiders and his many fans as one of the greatest singer/songwriters of his generation, Hezron brings heartfelt expression and gritty soulfulness to his songs, which address personal struggles, societal concerns and romantic situations. Hezron’s scorching vocals on “Tik Tok I’m Coming” evoke the gospel and blues drenched soul of the late, iconic Otis Redding’s Stax Records’ sessions in Memphis, Tennessee. Hezron explained, “Because I am a fan of the social media app TikTok, I thought, if I wrote something that has a current echo but with an old school feeling, it could probably work and “Tic Tok I’m Coming” gave me that vibes, it just connected perfectly.

Hezron explains. “The “Tic Tok I’m Coming” video is edgy, but not too far out because I maintain certain morals, principles and stay within the lines of what is accepted on TV. In the social media era, music has become more visual and I wanted to strike a balance, for the people who listen to music and the younger generation who look at it, so I decided to step out of the norm, because if you are too safe, you might get lost.”

“Hezron has grown so much since his first album, his voice, his writing, his image, he will become a force to be reckoned with in the near future because he has a sound and the soul to go with it,” says Tad Dawkins. “Hezron is at the edge right now, trying to pivot to a wider audience and propel his achievements to the next level. He has that fire in him and he is going to make it work because he is a man on a mission.”

Hezron cites Tad as “my number one supporter, he has believed in me from the very beginning. This is a man that has dedicated his life to keeping reggae culture alive in Jamaica, so we have joined forces to release M.O.A.M., which really is a mission to let the world know that there is still great reggae music and musicianship coming from Jamaica. This album was carefully crafted. It is a true reflection of who I am, and I am excited for my fans to hear it. I believe they will love it as much as I have enjoyed painstakingly selecting every chord. Each track, every instrument on this album was recorded live. “Tik Tok I’m Coming” is my sound, my experience but fundamentally it is Reggae, and it is music for the soul.”

Born To Love You Riddim – Various Artists (Reggae)

Born To Love You Riddim - Various Artists (Reggae)

Produced By Ainsworth Higgins for Footstepzz Prod. All Instruments played by Nereus Joseph except guitar by Chris Lane. Mixed By Christopher Birch.

THE BORN TO LOVE YOU (BTYL)RIDDIM IS THE LATEST PROJECT FROM THE FOOTSTEPZZ CAMP AND FEATURES BANGERS FROM SEVERAL OF THE GENES TOP CROONERS AND SHOWCASES A FEW EMERGING ACTS.
JACK RADICS. STEVIE FACE ANTHONY B ROMAIN VIRGO AND HEZRON LEAD THE CHARGE WHILE NATHI PRINCE NAIL POINT AND WAYNE LYRICS HAVE ALSO MADE IMPRESSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS.
FOOTSTEPZZ IS THE BRAINCHILD OF VETERAN BROADCASTER AND EVENT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST AINSWORTH BIG A HIGGINS AND BUSINESS PARTNER LYNDON LAZZER HULL.
THEY HAVE PRODUCED SEVERAL SUCESSFUL PROJECTS INCLUDING THE BOOM BLAST RIDDIM (2001)
HALF WAY TREE (2010) AND THE ONE CHANCE RIDDIM (2017)
‘I AM A FAN OF THE MUSIC OF THE 70S AND 80S. THERE IS SOMETHING INFECTIOUS ABOUT THE RHYTHMS OF THAT ERA AND I DO BELIEVE THAT IT IS THOSE BEATS THAT HAVE GIVEN US THE ESSENCE OF OUR MUSIC.’ HIGGINS REMARKED
I WAS GETTING READY TO DROP ANOTHER PROJECT BUT WASN’T QUITE SURE OF WHICH DIRECTION I SHOULD GO.
THEN ON A VISIT TO THE UK LAST YEAR I WAS INVITED TO A STUDIO WHERE NAIL POINT WAS DOING WORK ON A SINGLE THAT HE ASKED BE TO CO PRODUCE. IT WAS A REMAKE OF THE TEMPTATIONS CLASSIC BORN TO LOVE AS INTERPRETED BY SLIM SMITH AND COXSONE DODD
I WAS IMMEDIATLEY IMPRESSED NOT ONLY WITH HIS VOCAL DELIVERY BUT ALSO THE WAY IN WHICH THE RIDDIM WAS LAID. I IMMEDEATLEY STARTED HEARING OTHER ARTISTS IN MY HEAD.
AS SHAABA RANKS NOTED. ‘DJ EARS COCK UP WHEN DEM HEAR BOOM RIDDIM’. THIS DJ JUST HEARD A BOOM RIDDIM.THEN AND THERE WE DECIDED TO FINISH UP THE TRACK AND DECIDED TO MAKE IT A FULL PROJECT.AFTER RECORDING MY FRIEND WAYNE LYRICS ON THE RIDDIM I TOOK THE RIDDIM BACK TO JAMAICA AND STARTED TO WORK FURTHER ON THE PROJECT. I AM HONORED TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH SOME OF THE COUNRTY’S FINEST VOICES AND IN PAYING IT FORWARD I HAVE GIVEN NEW TALENT THE OPPOURTUNITY TO RISE TO THE OCCASION.
THAT IS THE CONCEPT OF FOOTSTEPPZZ RECORDS. WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREATNESS AND LEAVING BEHIND A TRAIL SO OTHERS MAY WALK IN YOURS.
THE PROJECT HAS BEEN GETTING RAVE REVIEWS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE UK WHERE IT IS A STAPLE ON BOTH LEGAL RADIO AND PIRATE STATIONS. IN NEW YORK IRIE JAM RADIO HAS BEEN SHOWING IT LOTS OF LOVE.ARTISTS HAVE BEEN GETTING CALL FOR PERFORMANCES IN THE UK BASED ON THE SONG THEY HAVE DONE ON THE PROJECT.
LOCALLY IT HAS BEEN GETTING A LOT OF RADIO SUPPORT IRIE FM ZIP FM HITZ SUN CITY AND FAME FM HAVE ALL ENDORSED THE PROJECT BIG TIME. MEANWHILE THE ARTISTS ARE ALL SUPPORTING THEIR SINGLES BY PROMOTING IT ON THEIR PLATFORMS AND HIGHLIGHTING IT IN THEIR INTERVIEWS.
AS A DJ I HAVE MADE MY BRAND BY PLAYING QUALITY MUSIC AND BREAKING NEW TALENT FOR THE PAST 3 DECADES. AS A PRODUCER MY VALUES ARE THE SAME. EACH OF MY PROJECTS WILL APPEAL TO DIFFERENT NICHES BUT IT WILL ALWAYS BE OF A HIGH STANDARD AND SOMEWHERE IN THE LINEUP OF ACTS WILL BE NEW TALENT, GIVEN A CHANCE TO BE EXPOSED.

THE PROJECT – Kirkledove Records

The Project - Kirkledove Records

“I’m not gonna call it a rhythm because everybody has a new rhythm coming out. I have a project,” Kirk Kirkledove Bennett told The Jamaica Sunday Gleaner.

Kirk Bennett is one of the most prolific drummer and producer you’ve ever heard of. From building the tracks for Busy Signal’s Bedroom Bully and Elephant Man’s Too Bad Mind, to playing drums with Beres Hammond for the past 18 years, he still found time to produce his own dub albums. As recent as two
years ago, he released Rumble In The Jungle, which featured Etana, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, and Jesse Royal.

As a drummer he worked with notable producers like Donovan Germaine, Don Corleone, Fada Pow to name a few. “The first song I did with Fada Pow was Too Bad Mind,” Kirkledove shared. In addition to drumming for such prominent, pioneering producers, he has been called to perform live with Elephant Man, Tanya Stephens, Marcia Griffiths, Toots and the Maytals, Busy Signal etc.

His first recognised project for 2020 is the Elephant Man’s recent return to the dance floor, Find It.

Kirkledove has had his skills acknowledged by the Recording Academy for:
• Etana’s Grammy-nominated Reggae Forever (2018), he played drums and produced the track 6 mins 21 secs.
• Morgan Heritage’s “Avrakedabra” (2018).
• Julian Marley “As I Am” (2019)
• Sly & Robbie vs Roots Radics “The Final Battle” (2019) As the drummer for Roots Radics.

The Project is now out! It has Busy Signal’s “Baby Dance”, “Save Your Love For Me” Romain Virgo. Fiji from Hawaii with “Slowly but surely” and “maximum Speed” by Hezron. With VPal handling the distribution aspect of things I foresee an interesting musical year for Kirkledove Records.

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