Blue Mountain Music Fest postponed

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer Senior Reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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The Blue Mountain Music Festival which is usually staged in February is being shifted to later this year.

No date has been set for the two-day event which is organised by Roshaun ‘Bay C’ Clarke formerly of the dancehall quartet T.O.K


Clarke told the Jamaica Observer that to major factors have gone into the decision to shift the date for the festival which he conceptualised and has been staging for the past two years.


"We are definitely moving it to later down in the year when the temperature warms up a bit in the Blue Mountains. So the focus is to try a different ‘season’. as we heard a lot of complaints about how harsh the weather is at this time of year so we are trying something new," said Clarke.


The festival which is held at the Holywell Recreational Park high in the mountains has attracted the likes of Chronixx, Jah9, Mystic Reveallers, Raging Fyah and Uprising Roots Band.


In addition , Clarke is also using the first half of the year to concentrate on the release of his EP and follow-up album, which are both scehduled to hit the streets in the first half of the year.


"I have to focus on releasing a body of work which I have recorded as well as chart my course as a solo artiste. The EP which is yet to be named will have about five songs and will be used to test the water ahead of the summer release of the album Journey to Greatness. The music will showcase another side of me. Many people know me as the bass-voice yute from T.O.K, but this music will have a lot of acoustic guitar infused with reggae, one drop rhythms as well as dancehall beats."


Clark added that the EP and album will contain singles such as Better Mus Come, Eye for an Eye and Straight Outta Portmore.


He added that the T.O.K break-up means that for the first time he can be the "captain of his own ship" without compromise which occurs when one is working in a group.


"I now have a freedom to fully express myself in the music, sing and record and artistically represent myself from start to finish. It is a new and exciting time which is filled with possibilities and I am learning how to take instruction, step back and allow a producer to guide the process."


Regarding his T.O.K bandmates, Clarke said the relationship is very cordial and respectful.


‘The recent Welcome to Jamrock cruise was really a test of whether we could still sink or swim and we survived. We still have a few dates to honour so we are just moving along as required,"

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