Peter Lloyd now on Pure Love is­land tour

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Michael Reckord Gleaner Writer

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.

THE LOVE MES­SEN­GER

“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.

ACT­ING CA­REER

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.”

PHOTO BY MICHAEL RECKORD

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