Burkett embraces Changes

Monday, August 20, 2018

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AMERICAN rapper Jonathan Burkett has never forgotten his Jamaican roots. He grew up in Westmoreland with his grandparents after his Jamaican parents abandoned him. At age five, social services demanded that he return to the US. He subsequently grew up in South Florida foster homes.

“I used to come back to Jamaica every summer during my teenage years. I went back to Moreland Hill two years ago. I also want to contribute by building a computer lab for the primary school back where I grew up,” he said.

He recently released Changes, which features Latin singer Polancapop. It is produced by Troyton Rami.

“I do this and make the kind of inspirational music I make because of the upsetting childhood I've gone through living out on the streets since I was 14, not having parents that wanted or cared if I died or lived. Music helps me to feel good and feel thankful for just life itself,” he said.

“In my music, I talk about violence, the murder of blacks, the drug culture where we are doing what they want us to do. I try to tell black people to open our eyes and see that we are just killing our own selves; they are using our own brothers to kill us, [so] you got to open your eyes,” Burkett continued.

He has high expectations for the single.

“Polancapop — with her soaring voice and her personality — is giving this song a boost. She is part of the Latin world because she is Spanish.The song is getting love in that world; everybody loves the track as far the beat, the messages, melody and energy,” he said.

He recently donated to the Breakfast Feeding Programme at a school for the visually impaired in Stony Hill with the aid of street promoter Boswell “Stampede” Lammie. He also contributes to supplemental nutrition programmes in impoverished schools in inner-city areas in Hollywood, South Florida.

On August 1, Burkett recently re-released his Born to Make It.

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