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Half Pint does Hawaii

Published:Monday | December 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Half pint: 'I am recording some tracks for my new album, but when the people from Hawaii call on me, I answer.'

Reggae crooner Half Pint is gone to Hawaii. There, he is to perform on six shows over the next two weeks. Shows have been scheduled for Honolulu, Maui and Oahu.

The veteran singer is no stranger to Hawaii. Over the years, he managed to build a huge fan base in the Pacific islands with standout songs that include Greetings, Winsome, Landlord, Substitute Lover, Just Be Good, Victory, One In A Million and Level The Vibes, among others.

"I like to perform in Hawaii. The people there love reggae, the island vibe is always nice," he said.

Born Lindon Roberts, Half Pint is a product of the West Kingston enclave of Rose Lane, a community adjacent to Trench Town which has produced the likes of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Toots Hibbert and a host of other international reggae superstars.

During the 1980s, at the height of his career, he was among a set of quality reggae singers who dominated local airwaves and his music was an integral part of the dancehall.

His latest studio CD, No Stress Express, was released internationally in March 2008 anddistributed though Essential Music/Universal Music Group.

Unity, a single and video from the CD that features Jack Maness from Long Beach Dub All-Stars, did well for radio and video shows worldwide. The singer is also currently recording tracks for his next album slated to be released early next year but is breaking his recording schedule for the tour.

"I am recording some tracks for my new album, but when the people from Hawaii call on me, I answer," he said. "I will be doing all the hit songs for them."

Half Pint is travelling with his road manager Ra-Umi Alkebu-lan.