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Dubtonic Kru in demand

Published:Thursday | August 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Scotiabank's Joylene Griffiths (left), Dubtonic Kru's Luke Dixon (second left), Omar 'Jalanzo' Johnson (third left), Deleon 'Jubba' Whyte (third right), Horace 'Kamau' Morgan (second right), Strickland Stone (right) and Griot Music's Seretse Small (centre) enjoy a jam session. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter

Now on part two of their United States tour, The Journey, Dubtonic Kru's Jubba White says the short time in which the tour was organised shows that the band is in demand.

On Friday, Dubtonic Kru kicked off the tour in St Joseph, Michigan. However, this was not the plan two months ago.

After completing the Spring-leg of the tour in April, he said the plan was to head to Japan.

"We were supposed to go to Japan from July to August, but that fell through at the last minute. We started booking fairly late, at the beginning of July," he told The Gleaner.

"It was really incredible how everything came together. What it really proves to us is that Dubtonic Kru is really growing and that there is a demand. It is really interesting the amount of shows we have ahead of us."

At the show in Michigan, White said the band played for almost three hours. "We couldn't come off, it was a great vibe," he added.

But that show was the first of about 40 shows of the tour that will end on September 29. The band will also be going to places like Washington, California, Wisconsin, Utah, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Mississippi and Wyoming.

As it relates to the rest of the tour, White says he does not have any expectations.

"We try not to place too much expectations, but rather put in the work. We have been growing. What has happened has surpassed our expectations. We are making progress little by little and that's good," he said.

Also in the pipeline for the band is their upcoming album, Evolution. While the album is complete, White says the release date is still tentative, but they hope to have it in the public domain by the end of the year.

And with the many shows that the band has been doing, White says their growth will be seen in the upcoming album.

"As a result of doing so many concerts, you can just imagine the sound of the band. The band is sounding more mature. We see growth in the chemistry, the maturity and the sound. It is going to be reflective of where we are as a group," White told The Gleaner.