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Stitchie brings Christmas cheer to British youth in jail ... will miss Sting due to England bookings

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney
Stitchie (left) in action on stage while guitarist Derrick joins in the excitement.
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Lt Stitchie, Jamaica's dancehall and gospel icon who is famous for his blistering live performances, left the island earlier this week for a number of performance dates across England. One of his stops will include the Feltham Youth Prison near London, where he will engage youth inmates between the ages of 15 and 18 years old.

Stitchie was requested by Her Majesty's Feltham Youth Prison to minister to the inmates, to engage them in motivational conversations, and to perform for them for the Christmas holiday season.

Feltham has a notorious reputation for violent assaults and incidents of racism. In recent times, the penal institution has emblazoned the headlines with the murder of Zahid Mubarek by his racist cellmate Robert Stewart on the day Mubarek was scheduled to be released.

"I am looking forward to this UK tour with great expectation and especially for the opportunity to touch and transform the lives of youngsters caught up in the penal system at such an early age," Stitchie said. He lamented that his UK dates which run from December 16 to December 31, meant that he would miss out on a headline spot at Sting but pointed out that the UK dates had been locked in months in advance.

Prior to the England dates, Stitchie had just returned from live performances and TV appearances in Nigeria, Africa. In recent weeks, he has released a barrage of gospel-infused dancehall singles including Turn Up, Nuh Necessary, Letter to Dad, and his latest, Nuh Tek Nuh Talk - a storm at a number of New York radio stations.

His England stops will include Brixton, Kent, Plaistow, and Manchester.

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