The minute the bus rolled in on the grounds of Lennon’s High School in Mocho, Clarendon, Jamaica, there was no escaping the buzz of energy that heralded his arrival. Teachers could be heard ‘shushing students” to get back to their classes as it was not yet time for what they were anticipating.
As it turned out it was something worth waiting for as I-Octane, plus the special guests artistes who accompanied him – including Blade, East, Rhyming King and Mikki Ras gave the students something to think about.
Prior to his performance the artiste born Byiome Muir gave students a ‘pep’ talk.
“I’m trying to make you look at life from a different perspective. Life has a lot of challenges. Not all of you will end up at UTECH (University of Technology) but focus on your academics and shoot for the stars if you fall you will still land in the sky,” he told them.
He encouraged them to highlight their strength and then maximize on it.
‘”Each have your own individual talent and gift, and each play an important role in the puzzle of life,” he said.
With the ‘talk’ out the way it was time for what they were all clamouring for – his high energy performance and that he delivered with the aid of sound system Di Unit with selectors Badda Bling and Little Rich.
With students looking down from the upstairs block and those on the ground floor level, I-Octane abandoned the make shift stage and positioned himself in the centre of the green area and had both teachers and students totally captivated.
He could do no wrong as he performed songs such as Happy Time, Mama You Alone, What A Way We Shatting and it was even more personal and touching when he dedicated his super popular Lose A Friend song to Courtney Coleman – music teacher who died this year, in addition to the boys and gentleman that were recently gunned down in Clarendon.
The first of five tours was not without its fun moments as students got the chance courtesy of Digicel, Busta and Good Good Productions to win prizes through deejaying and dance off.
Head girl Kadia Smith who also enjoyed the title of Most Outstanding Student was specially recognised by sponsors as she received a phone and credit from Digicel, a gift basket from Busta and cash from Good Good Productions.
The I-Octane School tour will continue on May 12, 13 and 18 at Titchfield High School in Portland, Robert Lightbourne High in St Thomas the following day and Claude McKay High in Clarendon.