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Legendary Singer Zack Roberts Chides Young Artists

first_imgZack RobertsLegendary singer and songwriter Zack Roberts has described musicians whose music lyric promote the use of drugs and abuse of women as “untalented and disrespectful.”Zack Roberts, who is noted for hit songs like “Keep on Trying and Sweet Liberia” with his former bandmate Geebah, said it is disheartened that the young generation of musicians are not treading on their path that led to a growing and vibrant music industry, which was destroyed by the country’s 14-year civil war.“The Keep on Trying” singer added that because of their rude and inappropriate music lyric, they continue to remain where they are and will find it difficult to attract investors to Liberia’s struggling music industry.“When we were making music, it was about positive message whether the song was love or societal issue. But nowadays, that’s the contrary, with almost every music coming from these young artists offensive,” Zack Roberts said. “If they are not abusing women, they are talking about drug use—a situation which makes their music repugnant and is causing more harm to the society than good.”Zack added that music has power and influences people to make certain discussion; therefore, music that promotes drug use and abuse women are harmful to the society and should not be allowed on radio stations.“You consider yourself a positive road model, yet you influence the kids to be rude to a woman and encourage them to take drugs. Such music influence kids to misbehave because it is presented to them as a good thing. Call me old school, but their style of music today is not on the path of what we started. As a result, their fame will just be for a while. You cannot expect people who have the resources to invest in your music when you are abusing and leading their kids astray,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Excavated drain at Festival City blocks roadway

first_img“The issue is that the main road into Festival City has been cut and a drain is now across the road. That road has stayed like that for the past six weeks. Cars can’t pass. They got to drive around. They were trying to drain the trench from one side of the road to the one on the other side. It can’t happen, because I live not too far away and this has been going for weeks. I didn’t really want to report it, but now nothing happening,” he stated.For vehicles to enter the community, drivers are tasked with using another street, which is supposed to be the exit route. This publication made a subsequent visit to the area, where the road was cordoned off and inaccessible to motorists. Debris from the excavation work was piled along the side of the road and the drain was almost filled with sand.Meanwhile, other persons in the community lamented that with these drainage works in place, they were still facing constant flooding after heavy rainfall.After the first quarter of 2019, over $163 million in drainage works were announced throughout the capital city. The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) had confirmed that contracts were approved for the cleaning of the city’s drainage channels, with manual cleaning operations totalling $71.9 million and mechanical cleaning operations totalling $91.6 million. It has been six weeks since a section of the main entrance of Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown was cordoned off and a drain, measuring some six feet in depth, was excavated to channel water from the nearby trench.The Festival City entry road remains blocked owing to the unfinished drainage worksNow, residents are calling on the Public Infrastructure Ministry and other authorities to look into the matter, since they cannot traverse the roadway. They also informed that contractors have been moving at a slothful pace, much to their discomfort.One resident, Joseph Godfrey informed Guyana Times on Wednesday that the situation was distressing. He had believed that the road would have been accessible in a short time, but realised that this was not the case after waiting for over one month. The road was split completely to allow water from the trench to flow to the other side. This was followed by other works to fix the drainage system.last_img read more