Renegad focuses on the ‘journey’
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.