No War - "I'm Barrack Obama and I approved this message".
By Shaneka Simpson
Veteran singer Barrington Levy will end this year on a very high note, with another outstanding international collaboration. This time around, the veteran singer has joined forces with Busta Rhymes, Kardinal and Barack Obama to convey a message many have been chanting for a long time - “No War”. A Platinum Camp production, the song is expected to stimulate much interest, and pave the way for his upcoming album of the same name. A video is also in the making. The video shoot will begin mid-December and a member of the OutAroad.com team will be present to capture behind the scenes images.
The song combines the genres of reggae and rap with inserts of a speech from Barack Obama, which, when heard as a holistic musical production, makes for great entertainment. Beyond its entertainment value, however, are the ideas expressed that all races and classes can identify with. The overall message is that of no war, but there are underlying themes of the need for unity; yet the instinct to protect family and one’s territory in the face of provoked violence. “Change we need”.
For Barrington Levy, “No War” will prove to be another hit under his belt, but for many, it is rhetoric that addresses the reality of their lives, their hopes and fears all packaged into one. There is the fear of living in a war age, yet there is the hope that a smart, young, black president of the United States brings to so many people that feel he has their interest at heart and will be addressing a concern they grapple with daily, that of living without having to worry about war.
Barrington Levy has done Jamaica proud once again, not just, because he mentions the “PNP’s” and “Labourites” in a bid for unity, but also because he has again aligned himself with some big names to create a new and creative spin to the “Obamania” that has taken the world by storm. This song will definitely create a buzz and keep Mr. Levy’s name in the running well into the year ahead.