Cyco Flamz SPEAKS OUT ABOUT RACISM

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - SHEREITA GRIZZLE Staff Re­porter

Reg­gae artiste Cyco Flamz has put his thoughts and feel­ings about racism into his lat­est project.

The sin­gle, Racism, is set for re­lease this Friday, and will see the artiste ad­dress­ing the Black Lives Mat­ter (BLM) move­ment and his own ex­pe­ri­ences with racial in­equal­ity in the US.

“I de­cided to ad­dress the is­sue in song be­cause it’s some­thing I can re­late to. I have had run-ins with po­lice in the US where I be­lieve I was mis­treated based of the colour of my skin. I won’t go into too much de­tail about the in­ci­dent but it took place some years ago in Hous­ton, Texas. The en­counter was an un­pleas­ant one and I think the way the po­lice han­dled the sit­u­a­tion would have been dif­fer­ent if I was of a dif­fer­ent race,” he said. “Racism is some­thing my peo­ple have been faced with for more than 400 years. Black peo­ple have been op­pressed, in bondage be­cause of our skin. We face ha­tred and in­jus­tice and it has to stop. This song is my way of join­ing in on the fight against racism and show­ing sup­port for the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment.

JOIN THE CAUSE

Cyco Flamz says he hopes that the song will in­spire more black peo­ple to join the cause.

“The mes­sage I want to send in this song is first that black lives mat­ter, but also that we as black peo­ple need to set the ex­am­ple. We need to show love and re­spect to each other so that oth­ers will fol­low. We need to stop the vi­o­lence and killings among each other be­cause that’s the only way we’re go­ing to sur­vive,” he said. “If we want peo­ple to value our lives as black peo­ple, we have to value oth­ers’ lives as well.

“I hope the song will help to achieve unity among our peo­ple.

I want to show our peo­ple that ha­tred and in­jus­tice should have no place in our lives and the wider so­ci­ety. My dream is to see all peo­ple come to­gether and live as one,” he con­tin­ued.

Cyco Flamz said the track has al­ready been re­ceiv­ing good feed­back from ra­dio per­son­nel in Ja­maica, South Africa and Eng­land.

“Peo­ple can re­late to this song and so it has been get­ting some good sup­port. I just want that to con­tinue be­cause the mes­sage is strong and the fight is one we must con­tinue to push,” he said.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Cyco Flamz (right) and fel­low en­ter­tainer Toxik.

CON­TRIB­UTED

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