I-Oc­tane for Eman­ci­pa­tion Day

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ja­maican reg­gae singer I-Oc­tane will head­line a con­cert here in Saint Lu­cia, slated for Satur­day Au­gust 1, 2015, Eman­ci­pa­tion Day. The Eman­ci­pa­tion Con­cert, as it is called, will be held at Moon River in Ca­naries, a venue that has proven its suit­abil­ity for such an event, hav­ing staged a ma­jor Jazz con­cert a few years ago.

I-Oc­tane, who is known for his uniquely pow­er­ful voice and spit-fire lyrics, be­gan per­form­ing un­der the name ‘Richie Rich.’ It wasn’t long be­fore he was in­tro­duced to famed pro­ducer Dono­van Ger­maine of Pen­t­house Records. Spend­ing time at Pen­t­house and rub­bing shoul­ders with more es­tab­lished artists such as Buju Ban­ton and Tony Rebel gave Richie the op­por­tu­nity to hone his tal­ent and re­ally de­cide where he wanted to go with his new ca­reer choice. While work­ing with Pen­t­house, he de­cided to change his name to some­thing that bet­ter rep­re­sented him. He re­al­ized that high oc­tane gas was known for its high energy and per­for­mance and knew im­me­di­ately that this epit­o­mized the type of per­former he wanted to be. He per­son­al­ized it by sub­sti­tut­ing the ‘high’ for ‘I’, and so the name I-Oc­tane was born.

Three years af­ter link­ing with Pen­t­house, I-Oc­tane caught the in­ter­est of Ar­rows Record­ing Com­pany and tran­si­tioned from dance­hall mu­sic to a more cul­tural vibe and his first hit sin­gle ‘Stab Vam­pire’ ce­mented his po­si­tion as a no­table reg­gae artist.

Af­ter that song went to num­ber one and re­ceived the award for Video of the Year at the ‘Ex­cel­lence in Mu­sic Awards (EME) in Ja­maica, I-Oc­tane put out hit af­ter hit, win­ning over skep­tics and gain­ing many new fans. Songs such as ‘Lose A Friend,’ his most re­quested song to date, ‘Dif­fer­ent Page,’ ‘Hurt Mi,’ and ‘Mama You Alone’ re­ver­ber­ated with peo­ple all over and, as his rep­u­ta­tion soared, his fan base in­creased and the de­mands grew be­yond the Ja­maican soil. In no time I-Oc­tane was per­form­ing to his in­ter­na­tional fan base on his first Euro­pean tour. In­evitably, he soon be­gan to link with no­table pro­duc­ers who were all clam­or­ing to work with the young artist, and his reper­toire of hit songs broad­ened rapidly.

I-Oc­tane is now an in­de­pen­dent artist, hav­ing ended a 4-year part­ner­ship with Ar­rows Record­ings. His cat­a­logue con­tin­ues to grow, like­wise his ac­co­lades, and he has re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards and nom­i­na­tions in recog­ni­tion of his work. With only a 5-year stint in the in­dus­try, he is al­ready be­ing com­pared to some of the le­gends in reg­gae. Hence it’s only ap­pro­pri­ate that many in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and cor­po­rate Ja­maica are look­ing to him as the leader of the new gen­er­a­tion of mu­sic. Among his more re­cent hits, ‘L.O.V.E Y.O.U,’ ‘Miss­ing You’ (remix fea­tur­ing Agent Sasco) and ‘Once More’ re­flect his emo­tional sen­si­bil­ity while songs like ‘Van­ity Will Come’ and ‘All We Need Is Love’ (fea­tur­ing Tar­rus Ri­ley) are filled with pos­i­tive mes­sages and po­lit­i­cal lean­ings, some­thing that the cur­rent state of dance­hall of­ten lacks.

Even with his suc­cess to date, it is clear that I-Oc­tane has just scratched the sur­face of all he is meant to achieve. His mu­sic has cap­tured the at­ten­tion and hearts of peo­ple of ev­ery color, creed and class and this artist has un­doubt­edly un­leashed a fire that will eter­nally blaze.

The Eman­ci­pa­tion Con­cert will also fea­ture a num­ber of Saint Lu­cian per­form­ers in­clud­ing Ally Cat, Me­shach, Sledge Man, Onyx Dancers, Fun­der­men­tals and much more. Tick­ets are now avail­able at lo­ca­tions in Vieux Fort, Soufriere and Castries.

I-Oc­tane: One of the best Reg­gae per­form­ers in the

busi­ness right now.

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