Shaggy, Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Shontelle, and other Caribbeanartists have recorded the moving Haiti charity single, "Rise Again."
Considering the struggles the nation has faced and itshistory of being the only country to emerge after a successful slave rebellion,there is something resonating about the title "Rise Again."
The chorus seems to capture the emotion of those affected bythe 7.0 earthquake that leveled Port-Au-Princeand surrounding cities: "How can I stop my heart from breaking, what can I doto ease pain, how can I stop the earth from shaking, searching for strength tokeep me safe."
The song was written by reggae superstar Shaggy and producerChristopher Birch.Digicel, thelargest mobile telecommunications operation in the Caribbean,asked Shaggy to write the song. Shaggy immediately teamed up with Birch, hislongtime producer, to pen the track.
A number of respected artists from Jamaica, Barbados,Trinidad, and Haiticontributed their vocals to the recording. In addition to Shaggy, Sean Paul, SeanKingston, and Shontelle, the song also features Alison Hinds, Edwin Yearwood,David Rudder, Kees Dieffenthaller, Estra Garcia, Tessanne Chin, Etania, andBelo.statement."I am very proud of the song and the collaboration with Digicel. With today'slaunch of 'Rise Again,' we can raise much needed funds to support the reliefefforts in Haiti.
Digicel Group CEO Colm Delves said it was important toproduce a song featuring international artists. "[We wanted] to produce a songthat would support the people of Haiti who lost so much as a resultof the earthquake," Delves said. "People across the world can purchase 'RiseAgain' and all proceeds will go directly to the relief efforts in Haiti."