King Tappa says end the cycle of “Domestic Violence” this Father’s Day

AGSelectPR, Newark, NJ, June 7th 2010: Dominican-born, New Jersey-based, Reggae artist King Tappa hopes that the message in his song “Domestic Violence” will resonate with listeners and bring greater awareness of the effects of domestic violence on women and children.  As Father’s Day approaches, his message that parents’ actions affect their children could not be more timely.

He says he was inspired to write the song not only because of stories shared with him by his friends, but because he too has also witnessed domestic violence first hand. Additionally, co-writing the song with Melissa  Casimir allowed for a broader perspective, which led to an in depth discussion of the issues and set in motion the concept for the video which depicts the issue from the point of view of the child.

According to King Tappa, “The video was shot that way because we wanted to let the audience know the effect that violence can have on kids. The main character was surrounded by a lot of violence but she didn’t give up on her education, and despite being sad, she still comforted her mom, who was being abused, and remained a strong figure for her family.”

His message to parents, “Spend as much time with your kids as possible because they need it. In the world that we’re living in right now there’s too much negativity surrounding us and we as parents should teach our children good values and show them love—not only by words but by example.   Kids look up to their dads, so if a father is showing positive things most likely the kid will follow that path.

When it comes to domestic violence, says King Tappa, most people don’t know the signs and those who do won’t address it. “The most important message here is to seek help, speak about it.”  He is doing his part with this song which encourages the victims of domestic abuse to find a partner who will treat  you like a good woman/who will hold you on a pedestal/who praises you for all the good you do.

“Domestic Violence” was produced by Martiniquean Daniel “Don Shorty Productions” Dubois, on the Head In Stars Riddim.  The official video for the song was directed by Mo Green of Cape Verde.  The video has been picked up for rotation by Tempo and has been presented to several other networks including BET.  Look out for more songs from King Tappa this year and please support his fifth annual Project Book Bag drive aimed at offering literary support for Dominica’s youth.

-Press Release

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6 Comments

  1. DomingoMan
    April 1, 2012

    Fathers day ain’t for dumping om men.

  2. King Tappa
    June 30, 2010

    Ok listen up people, this video was not done for Dominicans or was done just for fathers day. I was a song writing in 2008 and the video came out in 2010, It so happen that we decided to work with a publicist to have the song sent out. I king tappa did not sing the song for Dominicans. I sang the song because i know that Domestic Violence is something that happens all over the world.
    sing the song on mothers day, they will say why didn’t i sing it for fathers day. sing it on fathers day the same thing. I think the Point here is just to get people who are in this sittuation to just be aware of it and to know the signs so they can seek help. Some one asked me on an interview! King Tappa did you have dominica in mind when you wrote this? The answer is i had the world in mind and not just dominica. PLEASE BE SUPPORTIVE AND TRY TO FIND A SOLUTION – BE OPEN MINDED. this whole National Council of women, dont even know what that is. any way thanks for the comment. I hope to make more positive music. one love. Dominican lets get it together.

  3. SSS
    June 9, 2010

    please take a look at the video…it clearly doesnt show only women getting beaten up, if you look closely u will notice that the guy got beat up by his gf in the park so the video is in no way highlighting just women being abused..furthermore its a song..and it generalizes domestic violence so please have an open mind!!!

  4. SSS
    June 8, 2010

    The video addresses a very serious issue and sends a positive message but to the previous person who commented…the videoo does not refer to Dominica or the situation in Dominica in particular…it speaks about domestic violence on a whole..as you can see the video looks at domestic violence from both angles..Right now its up to people to bring more awareness to the subject and to do what they can to alleviate the problem….

    • me
      June 8, 2010

      That is true but if you have to bring awareness then you have to highlight all aspects of it not just some. for abuse to stop you have to tackle both sides of it not just pretend that it is only men and unless you are blind you will see that there is q slant towards men being the aggressor otherwise the same thing would have been done for mothers day

  5. Me
    June 7, 2010

    While I agree with King tappa that Domestic Abuse needs to stop I must point out that statistics in Dominica right now show that more WOMEN abuse their partners than do men yet you hear nothing from the National Council of Women asking for women to stop.. 75 cents from a dollar can never be 50%

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