Peter Lloyd now on Pure Love island tour
REGGAE SINGERSONGWRITER Peter Lloyd’s appearance at the National Gallery recently marked the middle of his Pure Love tour of Jamaica. A world tour with the same theme is planned for next year.
He and his management team – Team Peter Lloyd – have put together a good show and future audiences will no doubt enjoy it as much as the National Gallery audience did.
Talking about the itinerary for his first Jamaican tour, Lloyd said: “We started in Ocho Rios at a Cancer Society benefit two months ago. We did Montego Bay. I was the guest artiste on the Gungo Walk Festival (held in Kingston at the Edna Manley College in September), and we’re here at the National Gallery this afternoon.
“On November 19, I’ll be in Negril at Bourbon Beach, and then at the Oracabessa Herbs and Music Festival in St Mary on the 4th of December.”
He continued with the world tour itinerary.
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“For 2017, we’re going to Europe first, then right across North America (Canada and the US), then Central America and the Caribbean. That tour should start in February to March, but in the meantime, we’re on the road doing my new album.”
Lloyd, whose European fans call him “the Love Messenger,” was wearing a pink shirt – for the first time, he said, in Peter Lloyd (centre) with his band (from left) Ottmar Campbell (keyboard), Deondra Riley (vocals), Ramone ‘Dada’ Smith (drums), Kawain Williamson (partly hidden, bass), and Daniel Dundas (vocals). recognition of Cancer Month the tone for Lloyd’s general and particularly in remembrance message, “Believe in Jah (God), of his well-known theatre practitioner love life, love people.” friend, Scarlette By the time he ended the set Beharie, who recently died of an hour and 10 songs later, the the disease. audience was saturated by the
Backed by a three piece band message, which was delivered – Ottmar Campbell (keyboard), not only through the music, but Ramone ‘Dada’ Smith (drums), also by Lloyd’s between-songs and Kawain Williamson (bass talk to the audience. He spoke guitar) – and vocalists Deondra as much as he sang about love. Riley and Daniel Dundas, Lloyd His own songs were Letter to began one of Bob Marley’s Ingrid, Girl I Want You So many songs about the importance Much, Blood on Your Hands of people to stop fighting (his first hit in Europe), and unite instead. The song set Dancehall Queen (his first song on radio), Praise the King, and Pure Love. This last song, his latest single, he said, was written for and about his 10-year-old daughter and was the spark for the current Pure Love tour.
Lloyd closed his high-energy set with the popular Fly Away Home to Zion, at one time getting on a chair among the audience to sing.
After the show, we caught up with Lloyd, who spoke to us about his anti-bullying crusade and his acting career.
“I love acting as much as singing,” he had informed the audience earlier.
“I’m an anti-bullying ambassador for End Bullying Globally for the Leon Antonio Foundation,” he said, “and I, Miss Jamaica Universe, Raymond Pryce, and others have been going across the island, talking to kids, spreading the love, telling them about not participating in bullying and not witnessing it without trying to intervene.”
He said that his research indicated that all Jamaicans had seen acts of bullying, been bullied themselves, or had participated in bullying.
“I think it’s why we have all this random violence in the society,” Lloyd opined. “There’s a lot of anger out there.”
Lloyd said he had appeared in 17 films and TV series and had received help and encouragement from Jamaican theatre icons like Leonie Forbes, Louise Bennett, Oliver Samuels and Fae Ellington.
He is a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild of America, he said, and because of that, he has to be careful about what films he appears in.
“I had to get a release from the union to do Royal Palm Estate (the Lennie LittleWhite TVJ series),” he said.
Asked what his favourite live theatre appearance was, he said he still remembered with pleasure his role in a Little Theatre Movement pantomime when he was 15 or 16 while a student at Kingston College.
“My greatest experience as an actor,” he went on, “was probably in Return to Treasure Island for Disney. And I really enjoyed working with Denzel Washington in The Mighty Quinn. He taught me so much. He taught me that a talent (for acting) should never be taken for granted.”