Slanger Releases New Reggae Mixtape

February 10, 2012

Bermudian singer Ronae Burgess — who performs under the name Slanger —  says the title of his new mixtape “Good Ova Evil” reflects both the socially conscious message of the roots reggae he favours as well as his personal philosophy of self-improvement and self-discipline.

Produced by Near Future Records, the mixtape — featuring more than 20 tracks by Slanger — is now available at Duchess Boutique in The Clock Tower Mall, Dockyard, Lime Lite Barber Shop on Camp Hill, Hayward’s Liquor on Middle Road, Warwick, Dub City Records on Court Street, Hamilton and at Choices in The Bermudiana Arcade.

“Good Ova Evil” can also be sampled and purchased on-line at Itunes or Amazon.

In 1994 Mr. Burgess fatally stabbed Clarence [Trees] Smith outside Southampton Rangers Sports Club, over an argument which started over a bag of pawpaws. The victim’s family received $40,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Mr. Burgess, who was 19 years old at the time with a two-year-old daughter, was jailed.

Music Video For 2009 Slanger Release “Stay Focused”

Introduced to the music of Bob Marley and other veteran reggae performers as a child, he began singing while in prison, performing for other inmates and taking part in performances held in the chapel.

He received permission to record while incarcerated and his music was receiving local radio airplay even before he was released.

Later reggae superstar Sizzla would play a pivotal role in the reshaping of Mr. Burgess’ life and consciousness — they met when the Jamaican DJ was on the island for a concert in 2004 and remained in touch after that.

Now released from prison, Ronae Burgess has turned his life around and — through his example and his music — he is attempting to ensure others do not make the same mistakes he did.

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