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December 3, 2016

 Top: TK Kiss.
Bottom: Yung Koolie—

The upsurge of violence of Jamaica’s old capital, Spanish Town is the inspiration behind up-and-coming female artists Yung Koolie and TK Kiss’s latest single No Christmas In Spanish Town.

“We are both residents of Gordon Pen in Spanish Town and, although we have personally lost loved ones, we have seen people die on a regular basis. Our hearts bleed to see the place being rocked by violence, and we think this song is a suitable way for us to express our feelings,” Yung Koolie told the Jamaica Observer.

Joining the conversation, the soft-spoken TK Kiss said she hopes the single will play on the ears and conscience of the gang members.

“This song is a cry for peace and we hope that the gunmen will just destroy their guns and stop making Spanish Town, as well as Jamaica, a battlefield. A lot of people are living in fear and, as the festive season approaches, not everyone is feeling jolly,” she said.


 Jamaica remains gripped by a spiralling murder rate which has seen over 700 violent deaths since the start of the year. Close to 590 illegal firearms and more than 7000 rounds of ammunition have been seized by member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force this year.

No Christmas in Spanish Town was released late last month and is produced by A Town Records and Ubique Muzyq.

Both signed to A Town Records, Yung Koolie and TK Kiss are past students of Meadowbrook and Eltham High schools respectively.

“I have always wanted to do music, so when the opportunity came earlier this year I jumped at it and released my debut single Supergirl,” said Yung Koolie.

The 21-year-old singjay, whose given name is Allie Cunningham, went on to release other songs such as Hearts are Bleeding and Save Us, which are also collaborations with TK Kiss.

At age 26, TK Kiss, given name Kristina Thomas, made entry into the entertainment field in 2015 with the release of the single Talk Up. This was followed by Like Marble, Come Over and Call Out Mi Name.

— By Simone Morgan-Lindo


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