With the huge success of last year’s inaugural school tour, reggae/dancehall heavyweight, I-Octane is ready for another parish hop, as he and his crew take a mini-tour across Jamaica to rap with, listen to and encourage the youth.
With that being said, we are now looking forward to I-Octane’s School Tour, Chapter 2. “Bringing Di Right Vibes To Di Yutes.” This year, the school tour has been brought forward by one month, in order to better facilitate the school calendar and give the artiste access to more students at each school.
“Last year, we did it in May because we didn’t realize that CSEC and CAPE exams actually started so early. A lot of the students, therefore, were unable to participate in the activities, so this year we are maximizing our opportunities by kicking off the tour on April 12,” manager Ray Alexander explained.
Four schools have been confirmed, namely Guy’s Hill High in Linstead, St. Catherine (April 12); Montego Bay High School, St. James (April 19); Brown's Town High School, St. Ann (April 26) and Garvey Maceo High School, Vernamfield, Clarendon (April 27). This year, I-Octane has invited on-the-rise entertainers Vershon and Jahmiel to accompany him on his mission.
Noting that the school tour was in fact one of his personal highlights for 2015 – a year which saw him reaping mega-success across the globe – the Digicel, Busta and Golden Eagle Shoes ambassador declared that he was “as excited as child on September morning”.
“Sometimes it takes an experience such as this to bring you down to earth,” I-Octane admitted. “Going through the school gate and talking with the principal and the teachers, I somehow felt like a student again and that if I messed up ‘Miss’ would give me a detention or something,” the multi-award winning entertainer confessed with a laugh.
An enthusiastic I-Octane said he was happy that sponsors HEART Trust NTA, Digicel, Good Good Productions, Coke Line Transportation Service, and Conquer the Globe Productions, had come on board for a second year and extended a big welcome to newcomers Golden Eagle Shoes, Hype TV and riddim-donmagazine.com.
The sponsors have pledged their full support of the tour, with HEART again awarding scholarships to outstanding students at each of the four schools and other sponsors giving away cash prizes, gift baskets, phones and, of course phone credit to the youngsters.