A towering physical figure, Gladstone Wright may be classified as a Teddy Bear by close friends and family. But in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, he is a man of impeccable repute, and one with a heart of gold.
The mastermind behind one of the most revolutionary inmate rehab programs in the western world, he is the man who gave Jah Cure a second chance.
Speaking to Riddimja.com Netradio in an exclusive interview, “Moses Wright” as he is commonly known, spoke about Jah Cure, the first graduate of this fledging project.
The project involves honing the musical talents of inmates within the Jamaican prison system. “People would not believe the mass of musical and literary talent that lies behind those walls, all they need is just a chance”, he quipped. And this he did, by personally starting the program with limited help from the public and private sector.
A man of understated talent he is the main writer of Jah Cure’s Hit tune “Reflections” that propelled the then inmate to international stardom.
“The entire reflection riddim, was out of the prison program and Downsound tried to commercialize the project.” He later stated, when asked about the quiet battle for rights and royalty that emerged.
“The project was designed to benefit the inmates. I think that was forgotten in Downsound’s enthusiasm.” he reflected.
Gladstone “Moses” Wright however, is looking forward to his upcoming retirement from the Jamaican Police Force. “ I will miss the force, but it will give me time to truly absorb my passion. Being a positive influence, and this time, through music.”
The Interview will be aired on- Demand via Riddimja.com on Saturday September the 1st (Today) 2007.
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