Prince Levy hits out against absentee fathers with 'Love You Mama'
Reggae singer Prince Levy is hoping that his tribute to single mothers, ‘Love You Mama’ can inspire a future generation of men not to abscond from their jobs as fathers, role models and caregivers.
"Love you Mama represents the pain of the single mother and the fatherless. Our Jamaican society is one that is plagued with broken families and generations of trauma. There needs to be more male role models and my song is a cry for males to break that cycle of neglect,” he said.
The single which was released on January 25th this year on the DJ Frass Records label has been added to rotation on numerous FM radio stations Jamaica and stateside.
Research over the years has shown that children in fatherless homes are more likely to drop out of school, exhibit behavioural problems, end up in the criminal justice system, suffer unemployment, and are at a greater risk of substance and drug abuse. According to UNICEF's 2000 Situation Assessment and Analysis of Jamaican Children and their Families, about 45 percent of all Jamaican households are female-headed.
“The pain of a broken family is passed on from generations of broken relationships and leads to broken children and this is quite prevalent in the Caribbean community where the financial and emotional burden is borne by mostly black women who struggle on low wages to take care of their children,” Prince Levy, who was raised by a single mother, said.
Female-headed households, according to 2002 data from the Planning Institute of Jamaica, have a lower per capita consumption than those headed by males.
Prince Levy plans to release an album this year.
"I have been working with Grammy-nominated producer DJ Frass. We have done two big singles so far, 'High Grade' and Love You Mama which is on a juggling Riddim with the likes of Alkaline, Alaine, Richie Spice, Christopher Martin. We are about to do an album,” he said.