Veteran reggae artiste, Beres Hammond, or Uncle Beres as he is affectionately referred to by Barbadians, is calling on locals to cease the gun violence. Hammond returned to Barbados after five years to excite the hundreds gathered at the Hennessy Artistry 2017 with his sweet, melodic vocals.
In an interview with the media after an enthralling 50 minute performance on stage, Hammond revealed that he had heard murmurs about the rising violence in the island. Describing Barbados as his second home, Uncle Beres stressed that gun crime was uncharacteristic of the Barbados he has grown to know and love throughout his career.
“I’ve heard that some of the kids, they get a bit naughty and it nah fit Barbados. That’s not the place that I used to know and used to love,” said Hammond.
The vintage reggae artist said that he would continue to use his platform to speak out against violence and encourage peace within not only Barbados but across the region.
“It is a new day but we are the same people, so even though it is a new day I can still reach out to them and say ‘stop it man, it’s not right’ with the little voice I have,” he added.
While on the Kensington Oval stage, the 62-year-old performer had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand and enchanted with his unforgettable and nostalgic hits such as Love Means Never To Say I’m Sorry and I Feel Good.
While revealing that he has a new project by VP Records which is to be released in February 2018, Hammond attributed his huge success and ability to resonate with all demographics to his appreciation and love for making music.
“I don’t think about generation because … it transcends generation, I think about all generations. I just sing songs that I think will affect somebody in a nice way down the road,” he said, adding, “It’s not a magic thing, it’s just Beres conduct himself how I wish other people would conduct themselves in terms of being respectful, to not just your friends and your family but to all people”.