Omari Banks scores with 'System Set'


July 21, 2016
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Athlete turned singer, Omari Banks, tackles the institutional racism that first shackled the feet and hands of black slaves, but now shackles the minds of people of colour in the single, 'System Set'.

It is a daunting task for the former West Indies cricketer, but he is ready to fight the good fight.

"I was driving and listening to the radio and there was a programme where people were expressing their discontent with what was going on in the world regarding finance and equal opportunity for all nationalities, and I thought to myself that we really should have progressed more as a human race in 2016 than we have," he said.

He said that even though great strides had been made since the civil rights era, certain fundamental problems remain products of a corrupt, uncaring system designed to benefit a certain segment of the population.

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"Some of the issues we are facing now are in-part largely many of the same issues people died for years ago. I believe we have got to take a stance as human beings, one which benefits all people and not one which seeks to benefits just our national or personal desires," he added.

The single, which features reggae singer Duane Stephenson, was recently released on iTunes, and is steadily gathering traction on worldwide airwaves.

A video for the single was filmed in Jamaica by Kerrin 'Kerro' McLean, with scenes shot in Italy by renowned video director Mario Parruccini. The video, released in July, has generated more than 20,000 views in two weeks and is now in rotation on HYPE, RE and TVJ. The video has also hit the FIWI Choice top 10 charts. He can be followed on Twitter @omaribanks11.

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