A 13-year-old Dublin schoolboy, who made the news earlier this year when his rap music video 'Noggin' went viral on social media, has teamed up with gardaí to promote the importance of following Covid-19 guidelines.
Ste Brown, also known as The Brown Lad, has released a new track and music video called 'Let's do it for each other' to stress the importance to teenagers of wearing masks and social distancing.
The project was put together as part of a garda community policing initiative - led by Dún Laoghaire Garda Marion Power.
Garda Power was asked to head the project by her Chief Superintendent Matthew Nyland.
She wanted to work pro-actively with the community and immediately thought of Ste Brown.
She quietly got in touch with Ste's mum and his school because she did not want to create a situation where Ste might be bullied or slagged for an association with gardaí.
Garda Power met Ste and four weeks later he had his new rap track ready to go.
Last week, the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Dún Laoghaire got recording time in the Button Factory, and Ste recorded his track there.
Ste and 13 Third Year students from The Holy Child Sallynoggin - where Ste goes to school - then shot the video in a local playground last Monday.
Garda Power has worked in community policing in Dún Laoighaire for 15 years and said she never met anyone like Ste - "he'd really touch your heart".
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Ste said Covid has been difficult but fun for him and his friends.
He said: "For the first lockdown, we weren’t allowed to go out, we had to stay in but we were able to contact each other. After when the restrictions were lifted we started to ease back into going out but we had to keep distance and wear masks and stuff."
Ste added people should work with Covid-19 restrictions. He said: "It’s the rules, it’s what’s being advised. You should listen and just cooperate with stuff like that."
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