Hylton, Phillips building music studios | Entertainment

Anthony Hylton, the member of parliament for St Andrew Western, says the establishment of music studios in his constituency will go a far way in helping to reduce the levels of crime and violence plaguing the area.

“Western St Andrew, together with South St Andrew, is the cradle of reggae music in Jamaica,” Hylton said as he spoke in the State of the Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives last week.

“From the era of King Tubby’s to King Jammy’s, to Black Roses, Black Uhuru, to modern dancehall artistes such as Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Junior Rose, Bounty Killer, to Dexta Daps, and numerous others, Western St Andrew has, like Trench Town, demonstrated its historical antecedents and the capacity to foster a culture of creativity in music and innovation in the arts,” Hylton said.

The MP said that he has been having dialogue with the minister of national security and they both agreed that part of the solution to crime and violence in the South St Andrew Police Division is the engagement of more of our young people in the music and other creative industries.

“We need urgent action on this as the reduction of violence in our communities and of our nation requires this,” Hylton said.

The police’s serious crimes report for January 1 to October 30 shows that the South St Andrew Police Division has been experiencing 12 per cent increases in murders and shootings, when compared with the corresponding period last year. The police recorded 139 cases of murder and 141 cases of shooting during the period.

Hylton said that there has been a focus on building public or community-based music studios to serve as training facilities for young people in the communities of Waterhouse, Seaview Gardens and Duhaney Park.

Meanwhile, Mikael Phillips, the MP for Manchester North West, said all is set for the opening of a music studio in a section of his constituency called Greenvale. He said that the studio, dubbed Rising Sun music studio, “is the only one of its kind in central Jamaica going straight back to Montego Bay”.

“Not only is it that you will be able to come there to cut a tune, but we have a rehearsal room that persons who want can come and do band rehearsal,” Phillips said.

“We are proud that we will be opening it in December,” he added.

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