In the words of Coretta Scott King, American author, activist, civil rights leader, and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."
A revered adage that seems to resonate with noted disc jock and music producer Oneil Wayne Parkinson more popularly known as 'CD Master' within the entertainment industry.
A resident of the Cooreville Gardens community, CD Master says that after noticing several socio-economic ills within his neighbourhood. He felt compelled to do something not only to uplift but also unite the residents. This thought became the catalyst for a fundraising initiative via a Bingo party and Family Fun Day hosted by him earlier this year.
Despite being the inaugural staging the music maestro explains that the event saw a fair outpouring of residents who came and showed their support for the initiative. As part of the proceedings, he also raffled a Samsung flatscreen television set from which part proceeds from the combined earnings were handed over to Vladimir N. Wallace - President of the Cooreville Gardens Citizen Association to assist with community improvement projects.
"If I see something happening within my community that I am not happy about, instead of complaining, I rather do something about it. That is what led me to do the fundraiser!, the residents have welcomed the idea and based on feedback I am now looking at assembling a team to make it a biannual event. Especially because I want to help the senior citizens and children next time around." - CD master exclaimed.
Musically, CD Master who operates the label 'Inna Mi House Music' is currently working on a number of projects including the soon to be released 'Pride and Joy' rhythm featuring Reggae heavyweights: Bugle, Nesbeth, Lutan Fyah, Daville and newcomer Patexx Warrior. Other upcoming projects include a dancehall compilation with Etana, Nesbeth, Serani, RDX, Demarco, Patexx and Tamo J. along with two singles courtesy of Sizzla Kalonji and Bramma.