Singing pain into positive CD for sale
Not unlike the ministry of works, a resident of San Pedro is doing her own version of road building. Abby Williams is a single mother who has experienced her fair share of hardships in life. In the past year and a half, Williams has taken her trials and converted them into music to share her story, particularly with women who may be facing similar problems. She hopes to spread positive messages with the release of her first album called Blessed Empress. In eight songs of varying genres, Williams addresses societal issues that many Belizeans can relate to and she says there are plenty more to come.
Abbey Williams, Singer
“My first song dah bout my true experience weh my marriage gone bad because of crack cocaine. And di second song was against the violence because we have too much ah dat eena di country. Den I wanted to finish the album with six songs, so I have six new tracks pan di album.”
“And all of them come with a message behind it?”
“What genre of music is it?”
“It’s mixed with dancehall, reggae, country and one Punta.”
“And what made you decide to put your life stories out there?”
“Well, because I want different ladies know that sometimes we—years we’ve become a victim of that and I don’t want to be a victim of that no more with drugs. So I release that to the rest of the world that the ladies dehn could understand weh I mean and get di message you know because dah noh wah lot ah ladies could get out and sing about what they experience so I did it and I am not a victim of it anymore.”
“Is there any particular track on this album that you would encourage people to listen to?”
“Definitely the ones with the—the one about abuse, “Nuh Mek No Man Hit Yo”, definitely because dehn gial can’t have den man di bruise up dehn skin because if dehn bruise yoh, dehn have to lose yoh. Thanks to the people of San Pedro weh give me wah lot of support and encouragement and thanks to my family especially mi kids dehn and mi aunt Pearl and uncle Everald. Dehn always encourage me and always mek a feel good bout mi music. And again, lot ah thanks to San Pedro; we do eight [tracks] and we ready fi do some more.”
Blessed Empress is available for sale at Teddy’s Music Outlet, Venus Photos and Records and DJ Tambran Store.