Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
With the start of a new school year, artiste Bramma has vowed to give back to his Jamaican fans through an educational initiative in downtown Kingston.
The artiste, who rose to prominence in the mid 2000s, under the tutelage of Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor and the Big Ship recording label, is best known for the tracks Some People, It's Whateva and Guided By The Master.
Recently, he performed to a jam-packed venue in Portmore for LIME Skool Aid and has continued his thrust towards education.
The recording artiste and his team, last weekend, donated hundreds of books and other well-needed school supplies to students of all ages from communities in central Kingston.
Bramma says though he is not from any of those particular communities, he saw the need to reach out to them and assist where possible. The move has been hailed as a step in the right direction by members of the communities.
"I generally host a back-to-school treat in my community of Duhaney Park, but this year, I am trying to broaden the initiative by reaching out to other communities across Jamaica and from preliminary discussions with my management, Spoilers (a grouping of central Kingston communities) was identified as one of those we could render assistance to. I am also planning something later in the year for my own community," the artiste said.
According to Bramma, it is the responsibility of artistes to help in nation building.
"It is important to note that we as entertainers have a responsibility to help in nation building and moulding the next generation. They are one of the largest consumer groups of our music, so it's only right that if they help to make us into the stars that we are, we should be able to positively contribute to them as they pursue their educational endeavours."
Bramma is promoting his new singles, Gorilla Dreadlocks Rasta, Burial, Feel a Vibe and the newly released Whine for Me, featuring Japanese superstar Akane.
He is also gearing up for performances in the Caribbean, with his first stop being on October 27, at Arnos Vale Stadium in St Vincent. Then Bramma moves on to Dominica, before continuing to Canada and then to Europe.