July 17, 2012


KINGSTON, JAMAICA - Sumfest 2011 for I-Octane was a special one for both he and his fans as the artiste literally almost set the venue afire! 
This year, he’s back and just what will happen … that’s left to be seen on Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 19 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment complex in Montego Bay. 
The artiste has been blazing a trail leading up to the big night by his dominance on the local charts. 
Last week at the Music Industry Awards the Digicel Brand Ambassador copped two awards — Singjay of the Year and Prince of Reggae. 
At the 2012 staging of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) I-Octane beat out tough acts such as Tarrus Riley, Capleton, Luciano, Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica to  to cop the award for Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer. 
“I have worked really really hard and the awards are like of acknowledgement of what I was doing,” the singjay said about the accolades.
Commenting on his upcoming Sumfest performance he said he can’t wait. “Trust me, I think I have matured a whole lot more over the past year and I am eager to show my fans that. They can expect something really special from me,” he said. 

July 06, 2012

Damian Marley, I-Octane shine at St Kitts Jazz Fest

The St Kitts Jazz and Blues Festival has come and gone but lingering in the minds of those who went are some of the scintillating performances that unfolded.
Friday, June 29 performers are no doubt some of the artistes enjoying rave reviews from patrons.
Scheduled to begin at 9:00 pm it was an hour late. Things kicked off with Ruff Kutt taking the stage to back Jamaica musical comedian Lovindeer. He was in his element having patrons cracking up with his facial expressions and witty lyrics.
Mr Festival Eric Donaldson brought back sweet memories as he injected the festival spirit into the venue singing songs such as Cherry Oh baby, but it was the on festival songs that had the fans singing away with him like Lonely Nights and Living On Free Food Ticket.
Following a band change it was time for British saxophonist Courtney Pine who showed why he is rated among the best.
Next up was Digicel’s brand ambassador I-Octane who just seems to get better with every performance.
It was heightened excitement when he took the stage at Warner Park backed by Ruff Kutt. He blasted on stage with No Love Inna Dem — that was certainly not an issue with his fans in St Kitts though as they gave that aplenty to him.
Nah Wash, Some Bwoy Too Licky Licky were some of the other numbers he performed before calling up a female fan to do Once More.
The singjay closed off his half-hour long set with Puff It and love di vibes — but the fans would have none of it as he had to take back the stage to sing Puff It again and he also did badmind fi the year and thank you father!
Following a strong set as the one he delivered it took a group like Morgan Heritage to keep the energy flowing - that they did and then some.
Pop Caan was next and his act turned out to be sole blur on the night as he failed to ignite the estimated 8,000 patrons. Performing on tracks did not help his cause any.
Closing act Damian Marley made up big time when he took center-stage. Energy revitalized he immediately set about getting the crowd involved in a sing-along to songs such as Affairs of the Heart, Welcome To Jamrock and In Too Deep.
The Marley heir brought the curtains down on the event in superb style.