June 29, 2012
Popcaan reaps success in Europe
Artiste anticipating birthday party, Sumfest, Dream Weekend and more
Deejay Popcaan blazed through a successful two-week tour of Europe with back-to-back performances that thrilled his existing fan base and garnered a number of new fans.
His first tour of the continent as a headline act, Popcaan, real name Andrae Sutherland, went above and beyond to please the packed crowds at each venue. Kicking off the tour in Lisbon, Portugal, the deejay travelled to Norway then Sweden and ended his European trip in France.
"It was overwhelming to see the crowd at the venues, they sing along and really enjoy the music. The response is great for old and new hits, and even very new songs like Fry Yiy and When Mi Party," he said.
For the deejay, one of the most entertaining and memorable moments of the tour was the show in Paris.
"It was a real mix of French fans and French-Caribbean fans, and the line after the show for photos was really long. Also, in Paris, I got a chance to see the Eiffel Tower and vibe at a street party," he explained.
Next up for the deejay is a performance at the St Kitts Music Festival today, after which he jets off to Tobago tomorrow for another performance. Not wanting to disappoint his local fans, the deejay will be performing at Smudge in St Andrew and the Portland Jerk Festival, both on Sunday.
The artiste will be hosting his first public birthday party on July 15 at Top Floor at Quad, dubbed 'Party Shot: A Birthday Celebration'. Music will be provided by Chromatic, Coppershot, ZJ Chrome and Dexta Pepp with a special performances from Sizzla Kalonji, I-Octane, among other special guest artistes.
The excited deejay said, "This is my first event so I just want the fans to come party with me and make my birthday party a success. Everyone is invited, so you know is an unruly party, bay badness along wid bay gyalness."
On July 19, Popcaan's birthday, he will be performing at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, what he dubs a "special performance" for dancehall night.
"This is my first solo Sumfest performance so I'm going to do my best for my fans, the Gaza unruly fans, yuh zimme," said Popcaan.
Before the end of July, the deejay will hit Trinidad, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Suriname.
To kick off August, it's all about the Dream weekend in Negril, where he will perform at the first ever Dream weekend live concert on August 1, then it's off to several shows in Canada. The artiste will be back in Europe in winter, performing in Germany, Holland and Italy.
Popcaan has also been busy with the eagerly anticipated release of two music videos. The recently shot video for The System, for producer Dreskull, done by United States-based director Dayo, as well as a medley video of his songs: She A Gwaan Good (ZJ Chrome), Popcaan Says (TJ Records), Whine (Young Vibes) and Naughty Girls (UIM).