Eman­ci­pa­tion Day Con­cert Still On!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Or­ga­niz­ers of a much­pub­li­cized Eman­ci­pa­tion Day con­cert told the STAR Thurs­day that the event is still on. The lo­cal pro­mot­ers have con­tracted the ser­vices of pop­u­lar Ja­maican Reg­gae singer I-Oc­tane to head­line the Au­gust 1 event to be held at Moon River in Ca­naries.

Singer I-Oc­tane has been a sta­ple at many in­ter­na­tional Reg­gae fes­ti­vals over the past few years hav­ing tran­si­tioned from dance­hall mu­sic to a more cul­tural vibe. His first hit sin­gle ‘Stab Vam­pire’ ce­mented his po­si­tion as a no­table Reg­gae artist, go­ing to num­ber one, and re­ceived the award for Video of the Year at the Ex­cel­lence in Mu­sic and En­ter­tain­ment 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 fans 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 Record­ing. 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.

I-Oc­tane will be per­form­ing with his full band.

Also booked to per­form is Me­shach and his band. The singer gave a stel­lar per­for­mance at the 2015 Saint Lu­cia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val, per­form­ing be­fore one of the largest crowds to show up for the Fri­day night event which was head­lined by Beres Ham­mond.

The Eman­ci­pa­tion Con­cert will also fea­ture Ally Cat, Sledge Man, Al­pha Onyx Dancers, Vybz Capone, Subance, Freezie, Fun­der­men­tals and DJ Meg Boy. Doors open at 2pm and the con­cert starts at 4 pm.

The voice of the suf­ferer Me­shach for

Eman­ci­pa­tion Day Con­cert.

Singer I-Oc­tane to bring pos­i­tive vibes to Au­gust 1


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