Amari lashes bloggers for criticising Jamaica
Dancehall rapper A'mari 'DJ Mona Lisa' is upset about the anti-Jamaican sentiments being espoused by her own countrymen about the state of affairs in the island.
"I am upset that these bloggers are taking damaging situations about Jamaica and blasting it all over on their platforms. Why keep telling people not to go to Jamaica?" she asked.
A'mari said that when she checked the crime rate in the US, it was far worse than in Jamaica.
"We as Jamaicans should not frustrate and discourage people not to go to Jamaica, we need to encourage more people to come and give back, to build youth centres to encourage youths with aspirations to attain their goals. When certain people in positions of power make traitorous comments about Jamaica, then the bloggers take it up and create hysteria," she said.
A'mari was responding to recent comments made by Percival LaTouche, president of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents.
He urged Jamaicans not to return home in the wake of the murder of returning resident Karen Cleary, whose body was found buried in a shallow grave on her property in Boscobel, St Mary, last week.
The comments triggered a huge debate online where bloggers echoed the call.
"I am not giving up on my country. Yes, things happen abroad and things happen at home. Our own Jamaicans are too negative, what are they doing to help our country? We need doers, we need to help our country. How can you not want to go back to your roots?" she said.
A'mari is promoting her latest single Black Hypocrisy, where she applauds the diversity and strengths of Jamaica.
"Let us celebrate our country, our women are some of the most beautiful in the world, winning Miss World several times. We produced Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley and great thinkers," she said.