Touched by the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, Goodwill-born, Jihad “Smokie Cut” Jean Jacques, decided to release a new single called, ‘Rebuild Dominica,’ dedicated to lives that were lost.
The well-known artiste, who has been in the business since 2001, told Dominica News Online (DNO) that he composed the song one day after the storm and it took him about 30 minutes to put together.
“The song is dedicated to the victims as a sense of relief,” he said. “When I saw the news and everything that continued to surface I decided to write the song.”
He said the song is one of his contributions so far since the storm.
He described how he witnessed the storm.
“The first day of the storm I was on my porch filming with my phone, because the water was very high on the streets, then I uploaded a first video to Facebook and it actually went viral,” he explained. “I didn’t know what happened to the rest of the country, I was just hoping that everyone were safe. The day after I heard that Petite Savanne was hit very bad…”
He said the entire matter had him emotional.
“I was sad,” he said.
He noted further that the song which has a sense of hope encourages persons to hold on, “giving them strength, comforting people, basically.”
“At the end of the day, we are one,” Smokie Cut remarked.
Help for the song came from Golda Scotland and Dynamiq Ryan who both provided backup and Cecil Joseph (Jr) of Wizard House Records located in Roseau.
Listen to the song below.