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Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Romain Virgo


I-Octane hits all the right notes


Reggae star I-Octane always seem to effortlessly hit the perfect note, whether on or off stage.

Coming from a scintillating performance at the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, the young veteran, who created history by closing the festival two consecutive years - 2013 and 2014 - is just as focused now as when he started his impressive journey close to a decade ago.

The Rastafarian reggae-dancehall artiste admits that this year's Reggae Sumfest was very special to him, one reason being that for the first time in three years, he performed during prime time to a crowd that was already wholly energised and ready for his commanding performance.

And, of course the fact that he and Bounty Killer proceeded to 'tun ova' Catherine Hall with an unrehearsed but superb performance of their collab, Bad Mind Dem A Pree, surely added to his delight.

"That performance was completely spur of the moment," a smiling I-Octane, who is brand ambassador for Digicel, Busta and Golden Eagle shoes, said. "I had finished entertaining my fans and was already off stage when Bounty indicated to me his intention. At that point, I just hurried back on stage and started the song, and then Bounty picked up," he explained.

And, as they say, the rest is history.


Top dancehall acts for Digicel Denbigh Concert


Denbigh patrons will be in a treat on Emancipation Day, August 1, when the Digicel Denbigh Concert kicks off at 6 pm.

With top acts like Romain Virgo, Bugle, Vershon and Chi Chi Ching, the show may very well be central Jamaica's most memorable stage show for the summer.

Also on the line-up is one of the winners of the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall 2016 - Clymaxx. With her win only two months old, this newbie to the dancehall industry have been making strides as she performed at Reggae Sumfest and will continue to seize opportunities to expand her fan base.

Virgo, who also gave an astounding performance at Reggae Sumfest, will be gracing the stage to perform hits like Mi Caan Sleep, Who Feels It Knows It and I am Rich In Love.

The Digicel Denbigh Emancipation Day Concert will be held on the Denbigh Showground.


Black River Day promises much excitement


The town of Black River, St Elizabeth, will be bubbling with excitement this Saturday as the fourth Black River Day celebrations is set to be staged under the theme, 'The Ultimate Street Festival'.

This year's event will showcase art, craft, fashion, food and music, as the organisers seek to highlight the rich cultural achievements and history of the popular seaside town. The event will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and will feature activities such as a colourful float parade, stilt walkers, a mento yard and health fair, which will primarily target children. Later on, a series of stage shows, featuring singers, dancers and magicians, will be held. Those events will flow alongside boat races on the Black River, a car show, a fashion show, more street dancing and a fireworks display.

There will also be an award ceremony in which individuals and organisations, who have made positive impacts on both the Black River Day celebrations and the general life of the town, will be honoured. A stage show will close out the celebrations as the likes of Tanto Blacks, Iyara, Warrior King, Devin di Dakta, Hitman Wallie and others take the stage.