Stylex upbeat about new single | Entertainment
Dancehall artiste Stylex has returned to dancehall after a self-imposed sabbatical with a socially conscious single titled Gal Clowna Virus.
“I recorded the song about a month ago, and it was based on the violent acts being committed against women. The thing is escalating and getting out of hand, so I had to talk about it and put my thoughts in words. The song is in a jovial context but there is a message which I hope will reach a wider audience, and humour is a useful device to use even though it is a serious topic,” he said.
Stylex added “I hope that my song can connect with the men. I want it to reach a point where a man will say ‘mi have vaccine so mi nah bother beat up Christine’. I want men to understand that even though dem might feel say dem no have the ‘gal clowna virus’, dem can look into themselves and whatever evil them plotting, dem can change dem mind ,” Stylex said.
A 2018 United Nations survey revealed that one in four women in Jamaica experience intimate partner violence. After several highly publicised acts of violence against women, Gender Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and other lawmakers have called for stronger legislation to deter offenders. Stylex has high hopes that Gal Clowna Virus can be an agent of social change.
“I know it will reach people’s ears and force people to look into things,” he said. Stylex first jumped into the public spotlight with Mi Love My Fatty. The song, first recorded as a freestyle, went viral.
“People continuously ah ask me what’s next. I have the Fatty Part Two, plus a Slimmy song but mi never get to voice dem. I had the whole package. I am going to unleash them soon under Building Block Production,” he said.