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Artiste's European tour goes well

Published:Saturday | November 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Etana - File
Nitty Kutchie - Contributed
Gyptian and Mary J. Blige spend time together in the R&B singer's dressing room before a performance in London. - Contributed

Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer

Reggae artiste Gyptian is looking to continue his fine run while on tour in England.

The tour, which started on October 14, has seen Gyptian doing 17 shows in several countries such as Switzerland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg and Norway. He also had four shows in the Netherlands last week.

Veteran reggae artiste Nitty Kutchie, Gyptian's opening act, has also been doing well on the tour. The two were later joined by 'The Strong One', Etana, for six dates.

The crowd reception has been good so far as Ivor Ruddock, Gyptian's manager, said, "I must say that the responses have been phenomenal, the estimated persons for each concert is over 2,000, except for in Paris where we had over 3,000 persons."

He continued, "We just completed a show with Mary J. Blige in London at the LG Arena and then before that was the O2 Arena in London. We were informed by the tour manager that after Gyptian was added to the line-up, there was a significant increase in ticket sales, 18,000 and 23,000, respectively, at each venue."

Gyptian, who did sets of 25 minutes at each venue, performed songs such as I Can Feel Your Pain, Beautiful Lady, his new single Nah Let Go, and his international hit single Hold Yuh.

He will be heading to Africa on November 23 for one week, where he will be performing in countries such as Tanzania, Nigeria and Kenya.

He recently won his first MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, and went on to win a Soul Train award in the Best Reggae Artiste category.

Gyptian also performed live at the awards ceremony which took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

The other nominees in the category were Damian Marley, Mr Vegas, Jah Cure, Vybz Kartel and Gramps Morgan.

The artiste has also released a collaboration with R&B artiste Mano.