Cool runnings for Duane

Friday, September 26, 2014

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IT was 'cool runnings' for singer/songwriter Duane Stephenson at the launch of his Dangerously Roots album on the lawns of the Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Wednesday evening.

During an hour-long set, Stephenson performed several songs from the 15-track project. However, it was the cover version of Bunny Wailer's Cool Runnings that had guests singing along.

"Cool Runnings is a song we all grew up on. It's a great tune; it has always been a great tune. The man who did the song is as relevant today, as he was all them years ago. I gave it a new edge, but it's definitely a song I truly love," the 38-year-old singer told Splash.

Stephenson said he sent Wailer a copy of his version.

"He indicated, through his people, that he liked it. I wanted him in the video, but he had prior engagements. We did honour him by putting a copy of the original cassette in the video," he said.

Dangerously Roots is Stephenson's third album. He released his debut August Town in 2007 followed by Black Gold in 2010.

He said his latest offering represents his growth as an entertainer, writer and artiste.

Produced by Kong Star Records and distributed by VP Records, the set has productions from Donovan Germain, Philip 'Winta' James, Clive Hunt, Christopher Birch and Dean Fraser.

Dangerously Roots includes Rastafari, Sorry Babylon, Ghetto Religion (featuring Tarrus Riley), a collaboration with Lutan Fyah on House of Lies, and I-Octane guests on Julene.

-- Brian Bonitto

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