Sizzla committed to August Town
Dancehall heavyweight Sizzla has always maintained that Judgement Yard, the base he established in his community of August Town, was his favourite place.
His dedication to August Town has been unwavering over the years despite the violence that has plagued it. Since the start of the year, there have been seven murders and 14 shootings there.
"What is happening in the community has affected me in many ways because this is where I grew up. August Town is my community, the people are my people, and so anything that hurts the people hurts Sizzla. I am always there. Despite everything that has happened in the past, I never left and I don't intend to leave now," he told THE WEEKEND STAR.
He gave kudos to the Government for stepping in and establishing a zone of special operations in the community earlier this month.
"The yutes are behaving themselves and so I know we're going to get past this. The Government stepped in and so with the checkpoints they have established, things are getting better and I must commend them for that," he said. "I am going to do my part to help, like I have always done, because unity is a must. We want to get back to an August Town with no murders, and not just for a year, but for a whole entire century. I have big respect for August Town and a lot of faith in the people."
Before his virtual performance at last weekend's Reggae Sumfest, Sizzla took Downsound Records' CEO Joe Bogdanovich on a tour of Judgement Yard.
"I'm always doing a whole lot of work with the yutes in the community to help maintain the peace. I have set up organisations that have provided jobs to the people in the community to keep them off the streets and keep them positively engaged. If you don't do community service, you're not my friend, honestly. This is how you reach out to people and how people can get to know that you're dedicated. Not just with your words but with your actions," he said. "When people see how much you've done to help uplift the place, they respect you and will do their part for the betterment of the community."