Sight Awareness Week...highlighting Michael Leng

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By: Jodi_Kaye Watson
Photography By: Milton Raynor


Over 15,000 Jamaicans are either blind or otherwise visually impaired. "Sight Awareness Week" was celebrated from Sunday, May 25 through to Saturday, May 31. To commemorate this week JAVA Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes facilitated the album launch of one of its members, Michael Leng, who is visually impaired, at its regular weekly meeting, held at Lime Light in Half Way Tree on Thursday, the 29th of May.


Michael Leng was not born blind but had a successful business in the United States when he got shot. He has been blind ever since. This happened in 1989 after which he returned to Jamaica. However, this was not the reason for him focusing on a singing career as he had done a song with Clive Hunt in 1977 which had done quite well.


His debut album is entitled "Hearts on Fire". It features producers such as Jim Hynes and Supreme Promotions. Mr Leng did some producing on this album as well. The rhythm tracks were all Studio One Tracks and Michael Leng wrote all the songs on this album with the exception of How Can I Live, which is a Dennis Brown cover. The band featured on this album is Fab 5.


Fans and the public can expect an album with songs of upliftment and song of reality that everyone can relate to.


If you weren't at Lime Light in Half Way Tree on Thursday, May 29th you really missed out on something terrific; the album launch was exceptional! This is a moment that he has always dreamt of and would like to thank the sponsors: JAVA, Supreme Promotions, Tinga Boutique in Portmore; for providing his dapper outfit, Linstead Food Fair; for providing the food and the The Band; provided by Java.