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Known for his catchy 'phone cards, banana chips, cash for gold' "Street Hustle" anthem, Downsound Records recording artist Specialist opts to explore the fun-filled campuses of some of Jamaica's popular high schools in the video for his brand new single "Gallis Anthem" on Downsound's VSOP Riddim. Encouraging his teenage fans to take full advantage of the high school experience, "Gallis Anthem" is American Graffiti-esque coming of age-themed video with school spirit, academics, and sports as the backdrop.



Featuring scenes from Eltham High School, Bridgeport High School, Jonathan Grant High School, Waterford High School, Jamaica College, Calabar High School, Spanish Town Comprehensive, and Jose Marti High School, "Gallis Anthem" highlights many of the academic, athletic, and social activities available to teens in high school. In the video, Specialist portrays a famous teen heartthrob who is visiting schools, performing for and interacting with students, signing autographs, and of course being rushed by herds of screaming teenage girls. Many of the scenes were filmed directly in the classrooms and captures students playing sports, in computer classes, and, naturally, many of the students' school yard antics.


"I call it 'Gallis Anthem' because when I was in high school, me and my friends them thought we were cool and tried to have as many girlfriends as possible," jokes Orane 'Specialist' Wilson, a graduate of Eltham High School in St. Catherine. "I have great memories of high school - flirting with girls, playing sports, hanging out with my friends and I just enjoyed being young. I want to encourage my teen fans to make the most of high school. It's a lot of hard work, but it is also one of the best times you'll have as a youth. Stay in school and study hard, trust me, its well worth it."


"What I like about the video is that it's fun and it reflects what most teens do and feel at school," says Downsound CEO Josef Bogdanovich. "Specialist wanted to give back to his alma matter. He's still a kid himself, you know, and the teachers do love him - seems that he was a good student. The 'Gallis Anthem' video is encouraging. It's not all about crime and violence. There are many alternatives."


"Gallis Anthem" comes on the heels of the incredible success of Specialist's debut single "Street Hustle" which is currently #2 on both the Jamaica Music and Stampede Street charts in Jamaica, with the music video in the top ten of the Hype TV charts. Poised to be one of the leaders of Jamaica's new school of musical talent, Specialist became a household name among Jamaica's young Dancehall fans when he blew away the competition to become first runner up in the 2011 Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition this summer. He is the latest artist to join the Downsound stable of talent which also includes Dancehall temptress Toya, veteran deejay Harry Toddler, G Warren, Tempricher, and Magma.


The single "Gallis Anthem" will be available on iTunes and digital outlets as part of the VSOP Riddim compilation on December 1st. For more information about Specialist visit

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