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New song, school project from Cookie the Herbalist

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist
Cookie the Herbalist

With lyrics such as "You are the greatest shining star, be proud of who you are and reach so far; believe in yourself I'm sure you can make it; There's always a way be brave and take it," Swiss recording artiste, Cookie The Herbalist, is presenting positive lyrics in his new song, Shining Star.

Even more compelling, on his latest trip to Jamaica, the artiste shot the video for Shining Star, at Help Jamaica, a charity organisation located in Cassava Piece, aka Gully, and has supported the organisation financially.

A dubplate session, where he recorded dubs for several selectors, using Shining Star, was held and all revenue earned (€800 in total) was donated to the Help Jamaica project.

"It's a good cause to support the youths and juveniles, especially the ones in the less fortunate parts of the world," Cookie The Herbalist said in a release to Entertainment Avenue.

"We all should know that the youths are the future, and if we want the future to be a bright one, we must try to develop education, knowledge and, of course, good characters. This, as I suppose, must also be one of an artiste's goals."

Cookie The Herbalist, whose real name is Stefano Rashi, is numbered among the most successful and relevant reggae/dancehall artistes in Switzerland. He showed an interest in reggae from an early age, but had his first real taste of reggae in 2007 when he toured Europe as part of a supporting team for Jah Mason.

The following year, he released his first EP, The Good Weed, which really followed a few mixed tapes he had produced, and preceded the 2010 EP, Move On.

His first album, Like a Tree (2010), followed, after which he released Stand Tall in 2012, which included combinations with reggae stars like Sizzla Kalonji, Luciano and Prezident Brown.

The latest project, 2016's Cookiebox (Gideon Production), from which Shining Star is drawn, comes with 13 tracks, from classic one-drop style to the more uptempo dancehall beats. "From love songs to reality tunes, from dancehall bombs back to melancholic and bittersweet ballads and creative storytelling. Everybody will find his personal delicacies on the Cookiebox."




The tracks were produced by notable producers from Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, France, England and here in Jamaica.

Of the featured single, The Herbalist says: "Shining Star is a positive, uplifting and cheerful new song. It shall motivate the youths of today and tomorrow to believe in themselves, make something of their lives, go to school, educate themselves and to focus on their goals."

Rashi says the purpose of Help Jamaica is to give underprivileged children a chance to learn reading and writing for free. Also, after school, tutoring and computer courses for juveniles are offered.

"And even more important, it is a place where children can find some peace and fun in a secure environment."

Meanwhile, another goal of the Shining Star video is to motivate people from foreign countries to participate in helping to improve situations for the less fortunate youth across the world.

"The youths are the future!" asserts Cookie.