On Thursday, the tiny southern Caribbean nation of St Vincent & The Grenadines came alive to the pulsating beats of reggae and dancehall music when Octane made his rollicking ‘Vincy’ debut, after which he headed straight to St Petersburg, Florida, where he performed on Saturday for the very first time. Such was the impact of the I L.O.V.E. Y.O.U. singer that even Saints Vincent and Peter, after whom both places are named, must surely have found their celestial dancing feet and rocked to the beats wherever they may be.
It was a very upbeat I-Octane who arrived at the St. Vincent airport near to the capital, Kingstown on Wednesday and proceeded to do a flurry of radio interviews, visiting Boom FM, Xtreme FM and Star FM. Keeping his legions of fans up-to-date on his activities via social media, the internationally acclaimed artiste promised his fans in St Vincent – affectionately called Vincy by the citizens – a night to remember. Well, they took him at his word and flocked to the venue in their thousands.
In front of a sold-out audience, the Digicel and Busta soft drinks ambassador made good on his promise and reeled off a multitude of hits, among them My Story, Once More, L.O.V.E., Y.O.U., Hurt By Friend, Wine and Jiggle,
Buss A Blank,
Lose A Friend, Study You Friend, Never Sell Out, Gyal Ting, Gal A Gimme Bun, Puff It and Prison Life. Feeding off the high energy from the massives, Octane was at his best as he found his comfort zone and kept the excitement level at its optimum.
As one fan accurately summed it up on Facebook, “Octane prove himself to Vincy tonight… buss a blank!”
Still relishing the Vincy vibes, the in-demand entertainer flew out of the island on Friday and made connections into Tampa, Florida for his fun-filled St Petersburg date, where his eager fans embraced him enthusiastically, as they made a big deal about his debut performance there.
“At the end of the day, it’s the fans who are the really important people. They could have been anywhere, but they chose to spend their money and time to be with me,” Octane said, flashing his trademark disarming smile. “I cannot thank them enough…and of course maximum respect to the promoters. They, too are an important factor in this equation. Lots of love to Vincy and St Petersburg. Looking forward to performing at both places in the near future,” he declared.
Meanwhile, I-Octane recently concluded the video shoot for the song which has started a much-needed and timely conversation, the exceedingly popular, Prison Life. The video, shot by Bling Blang in Tivoli Gardens on Saturday September 19th and Monday September 21 will be released in a few weeks.