While speaking to one of Jamaica’s most prominent talk show hosts, Winford Williams, the King of Dancehall, Beenie Man, talks about his mother who has already passed and devoted a song to her which was released a few days ago.
During the interview when asked to speak on his inspiration, the entertainer said the song came about through a collective decision by all of his friends, almost all of them have lost their mothers, so “everybody just come together and just decide say we agguh do dis fi all a d mothers.”
In the song, Beenie Man states, “She a my God, my father, my madda. She was there when daddy weren’t there, because a my mother me never know fear. Walk me to school mi nuh need bus fair…Oscar award, she a di mother of the year, there’s no other mother could a compare.”
The video for the song follows a funeral procession where a blue and white coffin can be seen with mourners flocking outside a church.
The Swing It Weh singer declared that the new song is dedicated to everyone, whether their mother is no longer in their lives because they have passed away, or all those who wish to always keep their mother by their sides. “The greatest thing in life is birth zeen, and your mother give you life because without she having you yuh cyah born,” Beenie Man said, expressing the importance of a mother’s role.
Praising his mother’s strength and perseverance, the singer mentioned that his mother had 12 children and she raised them alone through her efforts of washing clothes and cleaning houses for other people. He referred to her as a “brethren” whom he could confide in, however, despite his pain when thinking about his late mother no longer being with him, he did her the honour of writing a song to remember her by.
His mother, Lilieth “Mama Lilieth” Sewell, passed away in September 2020 after she experienced complications following a stroke. Beenie Man was so affected by her death, that he fainted at her funeral.
Watch the interview below:
Watch the new release Good Bye below: