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Half Pint taking on US bullies

Published:Saturday | November 3, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Half Pint

Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:International reggae star Half Pint is now leading the charge to reduce violence against women and children in schools with his involvement in a United States-based anti-bullying campaign.

This new thrust came on the heels of a successful appearance on the Rebels in the Garden stageshow in Kingston, where he shared the stage with Rootz Underground and newcomer Chronixx.

According to the musician's manager, Loyal Haylett, the partnership with stakeholders in the United States to help reduce bullying in schools is part of Half Pint's drive to use his musical influence to reduce incidents of violence locally and internationally.

"Bullying is a serious issue being faced in many schools across the US and we welcome the opportunity to help spread the message to stop the bullying in schools. It also helps his music to reach a new demographic," Haylett said.

Half Pint has also established a partnership with Lasco and Rootz Underground to promote environmental awareness in schools across Jamaica. The project is dubbed Relief Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP).

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"He has a new single called Pass It On that is encouraging patrons to help take back Jamaica from the trail of crime and violence that has cast a negative shadow on the island. We are also seeking to work with local peace-management groups with a view to doing our part to help to put an end to this cycle of violence," Haylett revealed.

Born Lindon Roberts, Half Pint is a product of the west Kingston enclave of Rose Lane, a community close to Trench Town, which produced the likes of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and Toots Hibbert.

The reggae musician recently secured a major publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group and a deal with Harmonix Music Systems to have his music played in a series of video games said to be worth millions in potential revenue.