Duane Stephenson - File
Quite upbeat from a recent Fort Lauderdale gig where he was accompanied by the very talented Black Soil band, and which also featured Tarrus Riley and Dean Frazer, reggae crooner Duane Stephenson, is looking forward to thrilling his Caribbean fans as the hectic Yuletide season begins to take shape.
The singer is booked for shows in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago and also Guyana, two markets which have a solid, long-standing relationship with the man from August Town. Duane is more than ready to take his soothing, conscious lyrics to Trinidad where will perform at Culture Reggae Fest, scheduled for the popular Queen's Park Savannah.
Billed as "the biggest culture concert to end the year in Trinidad and Tobago", Culture Reggae Fest also showcases reggae heavyweights Luciano, Everton Blender and Bushman, alongside Trinidad and Tobago's best, including Jamelody, Isasha, Prophet Benjamin and others.
According to the organisers, there will be loads of positive vibes at the concert and Duane totally endorses this, noting that as Caribbean people, we need to focus on our similarities rather than our differences.
"It is always an honour to represent Jamaica overseas, but the Caribbean feels like home away from home, so going there is always special. Just the name of the show speaks volumes, and the line-up of artistes is an indication of the type of music and message that will be offered. I am already feeling the vibes and can't wait to get on stage to truly connect with my fans in Trinidad and Tobago," said Stephenson, who was Jamaica's musical ambassador at the Caribbean Festival of Arts held recentlyin Suriname.
He will leave Trinidad and head to Guyana, where the Georgetown Football Association will kick off the Caribbean Inter-Club Football Series, and will use the opportunity to fuse music and sports. Jamaican team Boys' Town will be among the teams
participating in the series. Stephenson, who is an ardent football supporter, will be a guest performer at the event.