Yvad to begin tour of duty

Thursday, August 09, 2018

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Roots singer Yvad is scheduled to start his 13-date Herbs and Music Tour of the United States West Coast on August 16 to promote Riverton , his EP that was released in December.

His opening show will be at Launchpad in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is expected to close on August 30 at The Jam in Arcata, California.

Yvad also has shows confirmed for Arizona and Oregon. Most of the dates are in California and Arizona.

The 43-year-old artiste, who has toured Europe and North America with the Marleys and The Wailers, is familiar with the US West Coast. But he has never toured as a solo act.

“For me this is a major, major accomplishment. There are some good things happening now in terms of my career, so it's important to go on the road and take it to the next level,” he said.

Riverton was inspired by the fire at the Riverton landfill in Kingston three years ago. Its title track was written by Victor Simpson, an advertising executive who has managed Yvad for the past four years.

On the upcoming tour, Yvad will be accompanied by various artistes, including Rastaman Rob, Dre Z, Ras Elijah, Stanpipe, I-Trinity, Tuff like Iron, and Prince Kumar Fyah, former lead singer of the Raging Fyah band.

Yvad (real name Kevin Davy) released his debut album, Young, Gifted and Dread in 1996. His previous album, Cease Fire, came out in 2015.

— Howard Campbell

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