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I-Octane to make first trip to Africa

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 3:00 AM
I-Octane performs during Bob Marley 70th Redemption Live Concert.

Reggae/dancehall ambassador I-Octane is eagerly anticipating his first trip to the motherland - Africa - where he is all set to throw down a spectacular performance at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia, on Friday.

He will be the special guest of T Smallz Suso, the entertainer who is being hailed as The Gambia's finest reggae, hip-hop cum Afro beat artiste. The event, which is organised by Katato Entertainment, will serve as the official launch of T Smallz' double EP, The Versatile (Volumes 1 & 2). Confirming the news to I-Octane's thousands of excited fans in The Gambia, T Smallz said: "Yes, the deal is finalised. I-Octane is definitely coming." He added that it was an honour for him to invite an artiste of such international repute as I-Octane to perform in that West African country and that it was a big boost to their developing music industry.

The Gambia has been dubbed the 'Smiling Coast of Africa', and it is no wonder that the dynamic entertainer is all smiles as he prepares musically, mentally and physically for this memorable mission which has long been in the making.

For I-Octane, this will be a mystical journey which will help him reach back and touch the past in a meaningful way and pay homage to his African ancestors, even as he fully embraces the present and the future. He also hinted at the possibility of a collaborative effort between him and an African artiste sometime in the near future.

"Performing in Africa has been on my bucket list for quite a while," the L.O.V.E. Y.O.U. singer confessed. "But, as they say, nothing happens before the right time. Team I-Octane is ready, and we will be giving a one-of-a-kind performance in The Gambia. They celebrated 50 years of Independence last week - their Golden Jubilee - so you know the ting turn all the way up, Jamaican and Gambian style," said Octane, who reps for telecoms giant Digicel and Busta soft drink.

I-Octane and his entourage are expected to arrive in The Gambia on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the singjay has been busy in the studio working on a major collaboration with dancehall stars Mavado and Alkaline. Produced by Andre 'DJ Frass' Gordon, who received much praise for his work on I-Octane's sophomore album, My Journey, the explosive single is sure to set the dancehall ablaze. Titled Above Dem, the song was premiered on DJ Sunshine's show on Irie FM last Wednesday.