Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Black Queen delivers hope with 'Nobody Knows My Pain'

Black Queen

Black Queen

Reggae-dancehall artiste Black Queen is pushing a single, 'Nobody Knows My Pain', which speaks to the plight of Jamaicans suffering from chronic lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and kidney problems. 

"I wrote this song because of the tragic death of Niko Chromatic, and it speaks to how certain situations can happen to everyone; cancer, kidney disease,  MLS, so this song is to give hope to anyone dealing with a chronic illness that has no cure, telling their family and friends just to be there for them in their time of need so that they don't commit suicide or give up a hope," Black Queen told Loop News reporter Claude Mills 

The song will be released on the BQ Entertainment label via digital download platforms on December 18th. 

"I know it's Christmas time, but it is a depressing time for some. We're here celebrating but there are people who are facing situations and wish they could be in a circumstances where they could enjoy Christmas, so this song is to reach out and give hope," she said. 

Sound system selector Niko Chromatic, who battled kidney disease for three years, died in May 2018 while efforts were being made for him to do surgery for a kidney transplant.

In 2015, a Ministry of Health study found that an estimated seven out of 10 Jamaicans died from the four major non-communicable diseases, that is cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic lower respiratory disease. In 2017, Ministry of Health figures showed that more than 150,000 Jamaicans, mostly women, have diabetes and suffer from other chronic illnesses, and that 25 per cent of Jamaicans between 15 and 74 years old have hypertension, and 70 per cent of the country's deaths are due to four major non-communicable diseases NCDs — 35 per cent of which occur below the age of 70 years old.

Black Queen, who is known for the single 'Black and Proud', has a long history of tackling social causes. In 2012, the single has become an insider sensation in dancehall circles because of its strong lyrical content, catchy delivery and its pro-black sentiments in a nation grappling with its identity, and has endeared Black Queen's single to local disc jockeys and Black Power activists.

"It started with Black and Proud, this song is always big on the radio in Black History month in February which is also reggae month, and I plan to use it as an educational tool for this upcoming generation, we still have issues with our race, loving and embracing ourselves," she said. 

Black Queen first made a name for herself with her R&B-flavoured 'Roll With Me', and  'You Say'. She is also the main organiser behind next year's annual stage show, 'From Then Till Now, Retro Meets Dancehall: Ninjaman Birthday Bash' on January 25th at Turtle River Park, St. Ann. 

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