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January 22, 2014
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Stitchie does tune from STAR story
Mel Cooke, Star Writer


The day before gospel artiste and pastor Stitchie performed on Rebel Salute 2014, The STAR reported that two pastors were charged in connection with a 14 year-old girl's pregnancy.

Coming on stage in the daylight hours of the festival's second day, Stitchie had an extensive lyric about the situation, which at points, struck a chord with the audience. He went into those lyrics after a display of rapid-fire delivery and, in his exhortations to the Almighty, saying, "we still a pray fi dem, free Buju Banton."

Then Stitchie said he had seen a story in The STAR with the headline '14-year-old pregnant, pastors charged'. The story read: "Two pastors from a St Catherine-based church have been charged in connection with the sexual molestation of a 14-year-old girl who is now pregnant. The wife of one of the pastors has also been charged in connection with the incident.

The trio appeared in the Linstead Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday. One of the pastors has been charged with having sexual intercourse with a person below the age of 16. The other pastor and his wife have been charged with aiding and abetting. Allegations are that one of the accused pastors had a sexual relationship with a child. The crime was revealed in December when family members found that she was several months pregnant. Further probes by investigators revealed that the other two accused knew of the criminal act and did nothing about it."

In his song, Stitchie spoke to how he deals with young girls who might want to make advances at him:

"When she see me she say 'hi'

Me ask her if she feeling pain".

And, in the refrain, Stitchie declared, "man a pastor an man nah go dweet," further saying "certain situation Stitchie no mix up inna."

After that lyric, he went into the popular late 1980's Natty Dread. There were some Rastafarians who believed that Stitchie was mocking members of the faith. However, at Rebel Salute 2014 - a show organised by a Rastafarian, with a traditionally strong Rastafarian presence on the line-up and in the audience - there were no disruptive protests at the song which details a Rastafarian's encounter with the police.

Stitchie's musical take on the STAR story was not the only current event to be fodder for lyrics at Rebel Salute 2014. With Tessanne Chin's win in The Voice competition, her performance at Shaggy and Friends and her homecoming concerts, early in his set, I-Wayne was hot on the topic of little recognition being accorded her previously.

Saying that it was a new track and he would do only four lines, I-Wayne sang: "Nuff never recognise Tessanne Chin. Til she reach The Voice contest and win Music in her bone, flesh and skin Now, she ready fi Salute, Sumfest and Sting".

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