Flingy uses music to cope with mom’s brutal death
Dancehall singjay Danvil 'Flingy' Heron is using music as therapy to get over the pain he feels over the brutal death of his mother and the untimely death of his father.
Heron's mom, Claudette Nelson, was killed in 2006. He was 17 years old at the time of her death. Not long after his mom's killing, his house was burned down in Clarendon.
One year before his mom's death, his father was riding a bicycle in Portmore when he was hit and killed.
These incidents triggered a nervous breakdown for his older brother.
"All these things went into my song, Things Weh Mi Face Inna Life. When I wrote that song and recorded it, mi cry all the way through it. But the song is real. That's why it get a forward any event mi perform it," he said.
The song was produced by popular selector Fire Wayne and was officially released last year.
A lesser man perhaps would have given up, but Heron persevered with his music. That was his therapy.
"I was left devastated by these tragic incidents. Even though I had always been doing music, since I was 13 years old, music gave me hope and inspiration. It made me feel alive and positive. It helped to maintain my sanity through all the rough times in my life. This remains true to this day," the 29-year-old said.
And with songs like No More Guns and Danger, Heron wants to inspire others.
"I see myself as a motivation to other persons who might be going through hardships and trials in life. I want people to know my story and use it as an inspiration. I want them to understand that turning to violence is not the answer, but instead, that they should channel their energy into productive endeavours," he said.