Shalkal calls out the ‘ungrateful’

July 14, 2020

Jamaican-born dancehall-reggae singjay Shalkal believes that ingratitude is a catalyst for domestic violence and inter-personal conflicts in the Jamaican society.

"The single, Ungrateful Maga Dog is centred around the scenario where people are helping people in need only for them to become ungrateful. That is a source of constant violence in our society. My song is a humorous commentary but it is a serious thing in our society where once help is granted, and there is a double cross of some sort, that is the source of conflict in many domestic relationships," said Shalkal, given name Shalkal Carty.

He said that this scenario plays out in the music business between artistes, and artistes and their managers.

"A lot of people come from poverty, ask for help, and often, that help is granted, especially in male-female relationships. And when things sour, it ends in tragedy, in newspaper headlines, and in ended friendships. People are just grateful once they become independent, then they show their true colours, and that leads to violence which is a large part of our culture. It happens over and over again," he said.

Shalkal is pleased with the response to his song so far and he plans to shoot a video to help catapult the project to the next level.

Shalkal has emerged as one of the most talented wordsmiths in dancehall. He grew up in Runaway Bay, St Ann, where he attended York Castle High in Brown's Town.

He is known for songs such as Envious So which spawned numerous dance videos on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

"I am currently working on more new songs, while drawing inspiration from my Jamaican heritage," said the artiste, who is also a real estate agent and developer.

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