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Ten years after the death of Willie Haggart on April 18, 2001, Black Roses blooms again. Portmore-based recording star Singa J has signed to Black Roses, even as his latest single, Stay Away, on the One Life riddim, takes off. The song has been blowing up FM radio for the past month, and comes on the heels of Singa J's ultra successful 'Badman Style' collabo with Mega Banton and G Loc. β€Žβ€‹β€Žβ€‹The song is a favourite at dances all over the island. DOWNLOAD IT AT "We ah go shot Singa J to the world," Michael Moore,(pictured above), said.
There were few self-styled community dons who lived the flashy public lives that William "Willie Haggart" Moore did. Before his death, he organised "bashment bus rides", mugged for the cameras during dancehall sessions, and hung out with his "Black Roses Crew" at nightclubs and outdoor dances all over the country. Now that he's gone, "Haggart's" mark on Lincoln Crescent in Kingston is a reminder of the influence and material success of his life. It is on colourful murals on the walls of the enclave he had carved for himself, the haberdashery, the grocery, and the fading red stain on the street where he was gunned down on April 18. Dancer the late Gerald "Bogle" Levy, who said he was the one who had invited "Haggart" to be a part of the Black Roses Crew, shed tears at the funeral and made it clear the don had people he could trust. "Willie was my friend. He looked out for the community. I loved Willie for Willie, and even though other people caused friction between us, I was his true friend, mi still caan believe this gwaan," he said. Now, years later, the tears have dried up. Now, the future is blooming once again as Willie Haggart's son, Michael Moore has built a successful sound system, Black Roses, and is branching out into music production by signing Singa J.
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