Sunday, May 16, 2010
Christopher Martin does tribute for Oneil
Christopher Martin has re-recorded parts of his song Watch Me Lord in tribute to Voicemail's Oneil Edwards.
Martin said he was contacted on Monday by radio disc jock Kurt Riley to do a dubplate with the song, which is more than a year old. This was soon after news broke that Edwards was shot multiple times by gunmen as he entered his home in Duhaney Park, St Andrew. He explained that Riley wanted the dubplate to play on his afternoon show later that day.
"He (Edwards) is a very good friend of mine. That's the least I could do. It was kinda like a dubplate. After that a lot of disc jocks started asking about it," he said, noting that he got requests for it from radio disc jocks all across the island and as far as Africa.
Martin said the general response to the version of his song which is dedicated to Edwards has been positive.
In the meantime, he told that he is still saddened by the incident.
"I haven't gotten the chance to see him yet. I hope to see him (today). It hurts a lot. Of all the people, Oneil was the last person I expected that to happen to. It was really shocking," Martin said.
"And then for something else to happen to Mad Cobra, it make you wonder if them a target entertainers. But my parents always seh put you trust in the Almighty."
Hence, the singer says he will not live in fear.
After being unconscious for days, Edwards was taken off the ventilator on Thursday and allowed to breathe on his own, but was later put back on the machine. This was the first time since the shooting incident, which occurred early Monday morning.
Since being in the hospital, prayer vigils have been held for Edwards.
On Wednesday, one of the suspects in Edwards' shooting was found dead in Chancery Hall Estate, St Andrew, while the other suspect was picked up in Manchester and taken into police custody in Kingston.
In the meantime, Martin says he is gearing up to release his first album in Japan later this month.