Artistes pained by Yetanya's brutal murder

Senior reporter

Friday, September 07, 2018

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The brutal murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis, a resident of the Arnett Gardens community in St Andrew, continues to resonate with Jamaicans including the local entertainment fraternity.

Yetanya's burnt body was discovered in the 12th Street section of the Corporate Area community, which is popularly known as Jungle, on August 24. The Kingston Technical High school student had gone missing the night before after she went to purchase food at a nearby cook shop.

For female artiste Tifa, despite the possible impact that positive music can have on an individual, the solution has to come from the person.

“I feel disgusted we have lost our moral compass and conscience as society and our value system is broken beyond. It's sad. We can speak out and sing songs of redemption all we want. It starts with the individual. We need to do better in terms of moulding the children of the future,” Tifa told the Jamaica Observer.

In 2015, singer Nesbeth, who also hails from Arnett Gardens, had a major hit with My Dream a track which spoke to striving for high ideals. Although he sees the violence in the society as being historical, he still believes that artistes have a role to play in moving the conversation forward.

“Our country, at this point in time, is faced with many challenges. From the days of Port Royal, the people have been fed with a diet of backwardness and under development. As such, they are set in their ways, which gives rise to chronic state of mind. Consequently, massive social intervention is needed to treat with this dilemma,” he said.

“Artistes can help to fix this situation by forming a team and lead a delegation in relation to the authorities, to meet minds and match brains, so we can find solutions and treat with our problems. We could look at security, education, health and infrastructure. If we can't do so, as we speak, we need to find sources that can assist you in doing so,” Nesbeth continued.

New act Hessnce is challenging his fellow entertainers to become a voice for the youth, particularly those in inner-city communities who are fed a diet of violence through some forms of the music as well as the culture in these areas.

“The youth need a message. It surprises me that no known act has taken up this platform, in light of these acts, to speak to the youths on this matter. Everyday we are hearing these terrible stories of murder, rape, and other forms of violence. We need someone to open the eyes of the youth in this country to help them realise that there is more to this thing called life,” he said.

Hessnce said he was so distraught at receiving the news of Yetanya's death that he immediately went into the studio and recorded the track Pray.

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