Rene­gad fo­cuses on the ‘jour­ney’

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Dance­hall sing­jay Rene­gad is banking on the suc­cess of a brand new reg­gae track, Jour­ney.

“The song is do­ing re­ally well, and I am ag­gres­sively pro­mot­ing it. When I do the song live on my In­sta­gram page, ev­ery­body say dem love it be­cause it speaks to the ex­pe­ri­ence of many peo­ple strug­gling to make it in th­ese tough eco­nomic times. This song is for the do­mes­tic work­ers, garbage col­lec­tors, the low­est-paid mem­bers of the so­ci­ety who are the bread­win­ners for their fam­i­lies, and who are try­ing to get out of the slum,” he said.


He added, “Things bit­ter right now in Ja­maica. With a lot of un­em­ploy­ment be­cause of the COVID-19 health cri­sis, I am telling peo­ple to keep fo­cused. The whole world is kind of at a stand­still now, so we’re feel­ing the ef­fects of that,” he said.

Though there has been a phased re­open­ing of sec­tors of the so­ci­ety, many per­sons are still out of jobs in al­most every sec­tor of the econ­omy.

On March 10, the Ja­maican Gov­ern­ment an­nounced Ja­maica’s first con­firmed case of COVID19. The cases are now head­ing to­wards the 700 mark.

“Right now, all I can tell peo­ple is to wear their masks, prac­tise so­cial dis­tanc­ing and have hope that we will sur­vive this, stay fo­cused on the jour­ney,” Rene­gad said.

Rene­gad, given name Ju­nior McCalla, grew up in the New­lands area in Port­more. He was given the name Rene­gad by pro­ducer Claude ‘Big­stone’ Sin­clair, who loved his ar­tic­u­late, revo­lu­tion­ary style of sing­jay­ing and the pos­i­tive vibes and med­i­ta­tion in his lyrics.

He re­leased his first of­fi­cial song, No Bor­der­line, in 2006.

“I do mu­sic to help in­spire and change lives. Even though I also do mu­sic to earn a liv­ing, I won’t sing lewd or vi­o­lent lyrics for a hype to buss. I want my words to be mean­ing­ful and con­trib­ute in a pos­i­tive way to so­ci­ety,” Rene­gad said.


Tawanna Jones

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