I-Octane and Gyptian have brought a welcomed energy and difference to reggae music, which has been demonstrated both locally and internationally, and promise high energy and a great vibe on Christmas Day.
Windel Beneto Edwards, more popularly known as ‘Gyptian’, earned his place on stage after winning a talent search in 2004. Songs such as Is There a Place, Beautiful Lady, and Mama, Don’t Cry etched the name Gyptian in minds of reggae lovers. Described as a roots-reggae act, this sensational artiste has a firm grip on the music scene, thanks to the crossover single Hold Yuh from the Billboard charting album of the same name. The single has topped charts worldwide and the Hold Yuh album, which was his fourth studio album, has been his most successful to date. A 2010 MOBO and 2010 Soul Train award winner – both for Best Reggae Artiste – Gyptian, who holds true to his love of performing, recently headed to Brixton, London, even though a gruelling two-month tour resulted in his doctor ordering him to rest. There is no doubt Gyptian will bring this same level of dedication and passion to his craft, to the Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Reggae Extravaganza stage.
I-Octane, born Byiome Muir, is one of the most exciting artistes to grace the entertainment scene. Lose A Friend and My Life, still command huge forwards, at stage shows and any entertainment event where his music is played. His most recent single Puff It is an infectious tune that demonstrates yet again how powerful I-Octane is, and currently sits atop charts in The Bahamas, Antigua and Canada. The cultural reggae artiste recently held his annual charity fun day called Different Page which received the support of residents in and around the Daytona, Portmore area where it was held and is still talked about as a hit for the Christmas season. I-Octane said that his participation in the Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Reggae Extravaganza is only a thank you to his fans and also to GT who, he said has, supported his career from the first day. “G.T. Taylor always supports young artistes.
He was one of the first persons to promote me and said that I would be a star,” said I-Octane; and that he is. According to I-Octane, his fans can expect a “high-energy performance” on Christmas Day. The reggae singer already has tours lined up for 2011 – the US in February, England in March and Canada in April.
The performances from both Gyptian and I-Octane are eagerly anticipated music lovers overall. I-Octane already has something special planned for his fans; especially those who love his current single with Zamunda titled Badda Than Them, for which he recently released a music video. Christmas Day in St Elizabeth will not be one to miss as other feature acts on the bill include Lady Saw, Mavado, Romain Virgo, Khago, D’Angel, Chuck Fenda, Kiprich, Blak Ryno and Charly Blacks.
Showtime is at 8:00pm. Admission is $1,000 before midnight and $1,500 after. The 2010 edition is sponsored by Jagra, Hype TV, The Star, Stampede Streets Charts, Bari Enterprise Ltd, & Auto Parts, Black River, Allen’s Texaco Black River, Black River Ice, Out A Road.com, 5 Recording Inc, Ward’s Power Tools and Supplies Ltd., Irie FM, Lynch Auto Parts, On Stage, Mayvark & Associates, MacPR Billboard, All Signs, Reggae Fever, Unique Uplholstering, Spendless Nightclub and Links 96fm.