Noface Unknown calls for end to gun violence
Dancehall artiste Noface Unknown is calling for an end to gun violence in his native parish of St James. He released a new single, Put Down the Gun, an appeal to the youth to denounce violence and choose life instead.
"I come from Flankers, which is known as a hostile area in MoBay. Personally, I have seen a lot of violence growing up, and I still have family in the community, so I want to be an agent of change," said the artiste, whose real name is Frantz Morris.
The single was released via his own Desconocido Music label on January 5 and will be available on iTunes by February 7.
St James, which has an estimated population of 180,000 people, last year recorded 335 murders. Last Thursday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in making the announcement of a limited state of emergency for the parish, said the level of violence in the Second City has reached intolerable levels.
IT DOESN'T WORK
"I have seen people a lose their lives cheaply, but I have reached a level in life where I know the gun thing doesn't work. I have experienced violence and never chose that way, and eventually, I came out to be somebody because I now have a career in music," he said.
Noface Unknown believes that an individual is firmly in control of his own destiny, and environmental determinism is a myth.
"You choose your destiny. You choose your path. The community where you grew up cannot determine your fate as a person," he said.
The deejay will also be releasing another song, Money Mi A Go Fah, on his Desconocido Music label next month.
"That song, as the title suggests, is talking about achieving financial prosperity, is an uplifting song," said Noface Unknown.