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“MUSIC AND POLITICS GO HAND IN HAND” SAYS CONTRACTOR!

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON——

HOLDING a bachelor’s degree in political science, it is music that fuels singjay Contractor’s passion.

Contractor, whose given name is Sean Edwards, says he is not “straying” too far as music and politics are related.

CONTRACTOR… said that music and politics go hand in hand

 

“Music and politics go hand in hand. There are a lot of politics in music — the infighting, the bureaucracies… you name it,” he said.

He says his songs are sometimes political such as Pain (a combination with Capleton) which looks at young black men and their challenges; and, Guilty which addresses mothers who have lost their sons to the justice system.

Contractor also expressed the desire for fellow artists to be more creative.

“I think that there are many issues going on in the world; and Jamaica and artists do not spend time to think about them,” he said.

“I intend to do my part by zoning in on some of these issue,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

A past student of Wolmer’s Boy’s, Contractor migrated in 2000 to live in the States. While pursuing his degree at Florida International University he never missed an opportunity to indulge in his first love — performing on events as well as writing songs.

He eventually started recording songs for Miami-based recording labels. The songs created a buzz and saw him open for acts such as Lauryn Hill, Barrington Levy and Burning Spear.

In 2002 he returned to Jamaica to boost his music career, he recorded Babylon Be Still in 2002, a satirical look at the ‘rent-a-dread’ phenomenon that was taking place in Jamaica at the time.

The single complemented by the video proved to be a success for the artistes and was in rotation on MTV Tempo.

Contractor has just returned to the island after an intense three-week stint in England where he was promoting his latest single a combination with Capleton and Mojo entitled After All. While there he made stops at Choice FM and Ben TV.

 

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