Thursday, March 18, 2021

Bounty gives back

DANCEHALL deejay Bounty Killer, through his Bounty Killer Foundation, donated 40 tablet computers to his alma mater Seaview Gardens Primary School in Kingston last Thursday. The gift, part of the entertainer's Each One, Teach One initiative, is to assist students with online classes due to the postponment of face-to-face classes caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. “It's 40 tablets for the kids. It's all on the behalf from a great friend of mine... She wanted me to select a school and the first school which came to my mind is the Seaview Gardens Primary School,” Bounty Killer, 48, told the Jamaica Observer.
“When it comes to giving back and charity, my community is always a first priority,” he continued. A recent study found that as much as 50 per cent of students islandwide were missing out on learning due to the inability of parents to afford tablets. This led the Government to appeal to members of the private sector and the Diaspora to support the One Laptop Per Child initiative. Vice-Principal of Seaview Gardens Primary School, Keisha Heslop-Pessoa praised the deejay and manager, Paul “Bankey” Giscombe for the gesture. “We are all appreciative of this benevolence, and all recipients will be well appreciative,” she said. Bounty Killer, whose given name is Rodney Price, grew up in Seaview Gardens. A Grammy-nominated dancehall deejay, he is known for songs including Fed Up, Can't Believe My Eyes, and Eagle and Hawk. He started his charity, the Bounty Killer Foundation in 2018 with a series of donations to the Kingston Public Hospital in Jamaica, which he said had treated his gunshot wound in 1986. In February, through the foundation, he made a cash donation to veteran reggae singer Junior Byles, who has been suffering from mental illness and cancer. The Kingston Public Hospital and Victoria Jubilee Hospital in downtown Kingston have also benefited from his charity.

‘My dad can still send me go shop,’ Big Youth’s lawyer son hails him on his birthday

The name Isat Buchanan is getting more and more attention within and outside of legal circles, as the young attorney takes huge strides up the professional ladder.
The son of music legend Big Youth, Buchanan was formally called to the bar in 2017, and has a story that is as captivating as that of any of his clients. He was recently hired by civil-rights group Stand Up for Jamaica to represent a man who had languished in prison for 50 years, and he is also representing jailed entertainer Vybz Kartel, who is appealing his murder conviction before the Privy Council. As Big Youth, real name Manley Buchanan, turns 72 today, Isat took time to pay tribute to his beloved father, who he hails as his “biggest supporter and role model” and who has been a great inspiration. During a telephone interview, he told The Gleaner, “My father, Big Youth, is a true friend. My biggest supporter and the role model of my life [who] has taught me never to give up, no matter what you are going through. He has always said, ‘Don’t ever let anybody hold you down.’ I continue to thank God to have blessed me with such a great father.” OVERCOME OBSTACLES Isat’s journey in life has seen him triumph over two convictions for which he maintains his innocence, and rather than wallow in self-pity or feelings of revenge, he has overcome obstacles to become a man of whom his father is immensely proud. Big Youth is only too happy to share, “My son, Isat, is a lawyer,” beaming with his trademark ear-to-ear smile and distinctive twinkle in his eyes. But, lawyer or not, Isat is intent on keeping it real, and giving respect where respect is due is high on his agenda. “Despite his achievements, he is my dad. Despite my achievements, I am his son, and him can still send me go a shop,” the attorney-at-law stated with a huge measure of humility. For him, no words were too glowing to describe his father. “The Honourable Big Youth is an angel on earth, and I am grateful to be a part of his family. I continue to thank God for continued health and strength for him and myself and my family. The greatest gift from God is life, and that gift is measured by time. Blessings to you, Manley Buchanan, on your birthday, and beyond,” was his message to his father.

Toots Sweet And Dandy BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

ANDREA Davis, local music industry insider and former manager of veteran reggae artiste Toots Hibbert, is echoing the sentiment of a number of Jamaicans that the late singer's latest Grammy win is bittersweet. Hibbert, who died in September last year, won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album on Sunday for his project Got To Be Tough. This was his second Grammy win; he took home the trophy in 2005 for True Love, and in 2013 he was nominated for Reggae Got Soul.
“I am very happy that the academy saw it fit to vote for him to win the Grammy, but, of course, it is bittersweet. We would have all wanted him to be with us in the flesh to accept his award. But this is a great achievement and a fitting addition to his legacy,” Davis told the Jamaica Observer. She also responded to the popular belief that Hibbert was a shoe-in to take the reggae category for sentimental reasons and that his death may have caused the members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the body which organises the Grammy, to vote in a particular way. “Sentiment may have very well played a role in the the way the members voted, let's just be honest. But the truth is the push that each nominee puts behind their nominated work also get a project noticed. Let's also be honest that there was a quite a bit of muscle that came with this great project and it paid off in getting it out in front. So even though I didn't work on this project with Toots, I am so pleased with this win,” Davis noted. Having worked with Toots for a number of years, Davis was privy to some great moments during his travels and performances both locally and overseas. For her, Toots was a special breed of artiste who was recognised along with the greats such as Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff as being one of the architects, foundation and pillars of the Jamaican musical sound. “He's definitely part of that special collection that the artistes of today are benefiting from. It is his work and creativity, along with the others that we have lost in recent months such as Bob Andy, Bunny Wailer and Daddy U Roy that we in the industry has been built on. It is their legacy that we celebrate each time a young artiste steps on a stage here in Jamaic

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