Jack Radics hailed as ‘na­tional trea­sure’ at al­bum launch

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Strange, Hack­saw Ridge

PLAT­INUM-SELL­ING Ja­maican record­ing artiste Jack Radics has been hailed as one of Ja­maica’s finest cul­tural am­bas­sadors and a ‘na­tional trea­sure’ by Jewel Scott, hon­orary con­sul of the Ja­maican At­lanta Con­sulate in Ge­or­gia.

Mrs Scott made the re­marks as she is­sued they key­note ad­dress at the launch of Radics’ new al­bum, The Wa­ter­shed, at the Bass­mint Pro­duc­tion Stu­dios in At­lanta, on Fri­day.

Be­fore a stand­ing room only crowd filled with celebri­ties, in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and well wish­ers, Mrs Scott called the launch of The Wa­ter­shed.

“An­other mile­stone in the artis­tic jour­ney of one of Ja­maica’s finest sons and one of our most dis­tin­guished cul­tural am­bas­sadors”.

She noted that in a ca­reer span­ning nearly 30 years, Radics has held the flag of his na­tion high on stages across the world and has re­fused to bow to com­mer­cial pres­sure to cre­ate any­thing but ‘mu­sic he can be proud of’.

RICHER FOR THE MU­SIC

“We are all the richer for the mu­sic he has given us as a pro­ducer, song­writer, band­leader, and a singer,” she said.

The event was hosted by award-win­ning hip hop artist and ra­dio DJ Chubb Rock, of Ma­jik 107.5 FM’s pop­u­lar af­ter­noon show The Ride, and fea­tured per­for­mances by Radics along with The Blak Di­a­mond Band, Rica Newell, and John ‘Jubu’ Smith of Maze fea­tur­ing Frankie Bev­erly fame.

The launch also fea­tured the world premiere screen­ing of the mu­sic video for Love Is, the first sin­gle from the al­bum. The video was di­rected by ac­claimed film di­rec­tor James Thayer.

Three ver­sions of The Wa­ter­shed al­bum — main, acous­tic and in­stru­men­tal ren­di­tions — were all re­leased si­mul­ta­ne­ously last Fri­day.

It was also an­nounced that Radics will shortly be em­bark­ing on a ma­jor US tour to pro­mote the al­bum.

Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch in a scene from Mar­vel’s ‘Doc­tor Strange.’ $85 mil­lion ($118.7 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional).

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