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'Killsome City' star focuses on the homeless

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Reggae musician Edge Michael (standing) participates in a feeding exercise for the homeless at the Myrie Atkins Night Shelter in Kingston. - Contributed photo

Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer

At a time when the homeless are among those feeling the brunt of the harsh economic times in Jamaica, Westmoreland-born musician Edge Michael gave hope to 200 indigents at the Myrie Atkins Night Shelter in Kingston when he spearheaded a feeding initiative recently.

The Killsome City singer partnered with the Poor Relief Department of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to treat 200 homeless persons to lunch and entertainment as apart the mandate for his newly formed Edge Michael Foundation.

"If you have felt what it is like to be hungry and homeless, then you can understand why I feel it's my civic duty to look out for those who are less fortunate than you are," Edge Michael said in a statement about the initiative.

community support

"The community supports my musical endeavours and we reached out to the persons in charge of the night shelter to ensure we give back to something, to those who have nothing or have lost everything. I encourage others who are in a position to give, to help the entity feed these individuals, if it is even a bag of rice or other food items, donate it so they can continue providing for the forgotten in society," the statement further said.

Edge Michael, whose real name is Oral Durloo, and is known for several hits such as Delilah, Mi Nah Talk and his recent hit Killsome City, among others, is no stranger to philanthropy as he continuously assists the Blossom Garden Children's Home in Montego Bay in caring for their 42 wards of the State.

The singer/songwriter, who is also the nephew of famed music legend Peter Tosh, also has a new single out called Our Father, featuring Lutan Fyah.

According to Elaine Walker of the Poor Relief Department of the KSAC, it is a challenge to feed the homeless at the night shelter each day, so any effort to assist is welcome.

"We are very grateful for the effort of the Edge Michael Foundation and what it did and we want to ask others, whether corporate or individual, that if you can help us in this regard, it would be greatly appreciated," Walker said.