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Irvington, New Jersey, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Irvington, New Jersey, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"KING TAPPA SAYS END THE CYCLE OF “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE” THIS FATHER’S DAY"

AGSelectPR, Newark, NJ, June 7th 2010: Dominican-born, New Jersey-based, Reggae artist King Tappa hopes that the message in his song “Domestic Violence” will resonate with listeners and bring greater awareness of the effects of domestic violence on women and children. As Father’s Day approaches, his message that parents’ actions affect their children could not be more timely.
He says he was inspired to write the song not only because of stories shared with him by his friends, but because he too has also witnessed domestic violence first hand. Additionally, co-writing the song with Melissa Casimir allowed for a broader perspective, which led to an in depth discussion of the issues and set in motion the concept for the video which depicts the issue from the point of view of the child.
According to King Tappa, “The video was shot that way because we wanted to let the audience know the effect that violence can have on kids. The main character was surrounded by a lot of violence but she didn't give up on her education, and despite being sad, she still comforted her mom, who was being abused, and remained a strong figure for her family.”
His message to parents, “Spend as much time with your kids as possible because they need it. In the world that we're living in right now there's too much negativity surrounding us and we as parents should teach our children good values and show them love—not only by words but by example. Kids look up to their dads, so if a father is showing positive things most likely the kid will follow that path.
When it comes to domestic violence, says King Tappa, most people don't know the signs and those who do won't address it. “The most important message here is to seek help, speak about it.” He is doing his part with this song which encourages the victims of domestic abuse to find a partner who will treat you like a good woman/who will hold you on a pedestal/who praises you for all the good you do.
“Domestic Violence” was produced by Martiniquean Daniel "Don Shorty Productions" Dubois, on the Head In Stars Riddim. The official video for the song was directed by Mo Green of Cape Verde. The video has been picked up for rotation by Tempo and has been presented to several other networks including BET. Look out for more songs from King Tappa this year and please support his fifth annual Project Book Bag drive aimed at offering literary support for Dominica’s youth.




ABOUT KING TAPPA
Born Kurt Prince, in Marigot Dominica, King Tappa now calls New Jersey home. He entered the music industry as owner of Power Sound and a disc jockey under the moniker DJ Tappa. Inspired by many of the artists featured in his repertoire, DJ Tappa commenced writing music and then singing his original works at various shows within the tri-state area. Going by the name King Tappa, he released his premiere album “When I Work” in 2007. King Tappa has written over 100 songs and has done excessive amounts of dub plates and jingles for many different sound systems. Aside from his love for music Kurt “King Tappa” Prince is the President of Project Book Bag which is designed to assist students on the Island of Dominica by making meaningful contributions of school supplies on a yearly basis. For more information on Project Book Bag visit myspace.com/projectbookbag or email projectbookbag@hotmail.com
- Ayeola L. George


Discography

Album title: When I Work-Jam Down Riddim / Riddim Driven / Various Artists
Song title: A reminder
Artist: King Tappa
Year: 2007
Label: Independent
Credits: Writer/ Performed Lead and Background Vocals/ Vocal arrangements

Album title: Tough Love Riddim/ High Stakes Records
Song title: I miss you
Artist: King Tappa
Year: 2009
Label: High Stakes
Credits: Writer/ Performed Lead and Background Vocals/ Vocal arrangements

Album title: Forever lasting / Vertex Production
Song title: Spot her from far
Artist: x ray
Year: 2007
Label: Vertex
Credits: Writer/Vocal arrangements

Album title: Vertex Production
Song title: So amazing
Artist: x ray
Year: 2009
Label: Vertex
Credits: Writer/ Vocal arrangements

Album title: Sens High / Impulsive Riddim
Song title: Where the wind takes me
Artist: King Tappa
Year: 2008
Label: Y-Not Production
Credits: Writer Performed Lead and Background Vocals/ Vocal arrangements

Album title: When I Work- Istanbul Riddim/
Song title: Take your time
Artist: King Tappa
Year: 2007
Label: Independent
Credits: Writer/ Lead and background vocals/Vocal arrangements

Album title: Racine Riddim/ Don Shorty Productions
Song title: Rasta International
Artist: King Tappa
Year: 2008
Label: Don Shorty Productions
Credits: Writer/ Lead and background vocals/Vocal arrangements

Album title: Miracle Riddim
Song title: Badness
Artist: King Tappa
Year: 2008
Label: Independent
Credits: Writer/ Lead and background vocals/ vocal arrangements

Album title: Sugar Riddim by TNT
Song title: Could you believe
Artist: King Tappa
Year: 2010
Label: TNT Label
Credits: Writer/ Lead and background vocals/ vocal arrangements

Album title: Squall Riddim by Spawner Riddims
Song title: Missing My Baby
Artist: King Tappa
Year: 2007
Label: Independent
Credits: Writer/ Lead and background vocals/ vocal arrangements

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His performing name is King Tappa but he was born Kurt Prince, in 1979. Kurt grew up in Marigot and attended the Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary School up to the age of 10. He left Dominica in 1989 for St. Croix. In 1992, he moved from St.Croix and now makes his home in New Jersey. Music has always been a big part of his family. Kurt remembers singing and free styling at the age of 14 and four years later, it comes as no surprise that he decided to take music seriously. Beginning as a DJ Kurt established Powersound and went by the name of DJ Tappa. As a DJ he got the opportunity to perform at many venues within the tristate area and even outside the United States. His performances outside of the United States include: St. Croix, Linstead, Jamaica, Bermuda and Dominica to mention a few. The highlight of his DJ career so far has been performing with Stone Love at Da Culture Lounge Fredrickstead, St.Croix U.S.V.I 2005

Inspired by international Reggae artists such as Steel Pulse, Beres Hammond, Culture, Gregory Isaac, Capleton and Morgan Heritage he began writing and moved on to singing. Going now by the name King Tappa he released his premiere album When I Work in 2007. King Tappa was able to give an unforgettable performance back in his homeland performing with the likes of Tanya Stevens and Gyptian. His premiere album When I Work has given King Tappa to score performances alongside artists like DaVille.
King Tappa has written over 100 songs and has done excessive amounts of dub plates and jingles for many different sound systems. He is currently working on his sophomore album which does not have a definite release date but in the meantime he is putting out single tracks that are being given numerous amounts of air play on international radio stations. His work is one to look out for since not only does he sing and DJ but he is also a song writer.

Aside from his love for music Kurt King Tappa Prince is the President of Project Book Bag which is designed to assist students on the Island of Dominica by making meaningful contributions of school supplies on a yearly basis. Look out for King Tappa as he may very well be the next big thing. Booking Info:  973-704-9844

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. For more information on Project Book Bag email: projectbookbag@hotmail.com

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