Safira Mono ‘mentoring’ Jamaican youth


Though she grew up in a middle-class home in Tryall Heights, Spanish Town, deejay Safira Mono saw up-front the challenges of urban life in her community.

Her experience working with youth in some of Jamaica’s toughest neighbourhoods inspiredMentoring, her latest song.

“Them (youth) must know them can achieve. When I was a child my mother told me I can do anything,” she said.

Safira Mono has mentored youth in her hometown, as well as the ‘Backbush’ area of Mountain View; Arnett Gardens (aka Jungle), Rema, Jones Town and Tivoli Gardens.

Each community has a long history of gang and political violence, poverty and teen pregnancy.

Mentoring was co-produced by Safira Mono’s Bad Slave Pinnacle label, Tenement Yard Records and Quick Mix Records.

Recording since 2007, her previous songs like Harder TimesI Am Not A Toy and Cruff Life have social themes.

Reaching out to the marginalised, especially the young, is her priority.

“Mi want to embrace the youth who don’t hear positive things in their homes and from people. I want them to know they have greatness,” she said.

FEATURED PHOTO: Safira Mono with children in the Backbush area of Mountain View, Kingston. 

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