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Beres Hammond to embrace fans with Love From a Distance - Live set to close Reggae Month

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:17 AM
Beres Hammond’s Love From a Distance will close Reggae Month 2021.
Beres Hammond’s Love From a Distance will close Reggae Month 2021.

With the COVID-19 pandemic instituting a new normal defined by physical distancing, reggae legend Beres Hammond will put his own spin on six-feet-apart protocols when he gets up close and personal with Love From a Distance.

On Sunday night, February 28, the world renowned vocalist and his band will take the stage for an exclusive virtual concert to bring the curtains down on Reggae Month 2021. The concert is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. EST and will be streamed live via several platforms, including Hammond’s Facebook page, the VP Records YouTube page and Reggae Month social media accounts.

Love From A Distance was conceived by Hammond as a gift to fans during the COVID-19 lockdowns, which has kept him away from the stage for almost a year. Speaking from his studios at Harmony House, he emphasised, “Let’s stay apart to stay together. You have inspired me after not being with you for over a year. The best thing we can do is ‘love from a distance’.”

GENEROUS GIVERS

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange was full of praise for Hammond for stepping up to the plate and scoring a big one for Reggae Month.

“Jamaica is truly indebted to all our artistes and their support teams for giving so generously of their talent and services to make Reggae Month 2021 a resounding success. When the likes of Beres Hammond steps forward in this way, you know we are doing something right. This kind of collaboration is good for the music and Jamaica.”

“We’re excited to be a part of this event,” said Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records. “This is the first time Beres will do his full show with the live-streaming element and I know he’s planning to make it special.”

Surprise guests and other highlights are planned for the occasion. The broadcast will be produced through a partnership with Harmony House Music, VP Records and Frame By Frame Productions, in association with the Reggae Month Secretariat in Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Reggae Month, the only month-long reggae festival in the world, began January 31 with a church service at Kingston’s Fellowship Tabernacle, led by affable pastor, the Reverend Merrick ‘Al’ Miller. Since then, it has seen a rich diet of roots, rocking reggae activities.