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Ras Bogle pleads to 'Gangsters'

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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Ras Bogle is outraged by the proliferation of illegal guns and senseless killings occurring in Jamaica. He feels his two-year-old single, Gangsters , is just as relevant as it was on the day of its release.

“Mi a plead to the gangsters to stop what they are doing. It's like everyday is just pure sad news,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Gangsters is produced by Chad Tucker on the Prolific Records imprint. It is also on his re-released debut album, It's My Birthplace, which was launched at Phoenix Lounge on Chelsea Avenue, St Andrew, yesterday.

“I have to try fight the demons with what I got. And what I got is music: word, sound and power. Too much flesh ah drop... Too much guns, too much killing. The question is how do these guns get through the borders into my island?” said the reggae singer.

Since the start of the year, more than 600 people have been killed. Owing to the rising levels of crime, the government has imposed a state of public emergency in the parish of St James and Spanish Town in St Catherine.

Ras Bogle (given name Hemrick Troy Bogle) is from the Tower Hill area of Kingston but grew up in Portmore, St Catherine. He played the trumpet and the bass horn in the St Jude's, Tivoli and Magnificent Troopers marching bands before kicking off his recording career six years ago with the song, Shi a Bawl.

His said his sound is inspired by one of reggae's most talented vocalists.

“Mi love Jacob Miller... dat old school vibes really grab mi,” he said.

His other songs include Jah Love Remain the Same and Hard Road.

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