Fresh from a whirlwind school tour which saw I-Octane in full inspiration mode, the reggae and dancehall artiste will be one of the main acts at next Saturday’s staging of THE STAR Awards and Free Concert
The artiste, who says he is now ready to hit the road with renewed vigour, has expressed satisfaction with being nominated in three categories in the awards event.
“It’s always good to be recognised when you put in the effort,” the artiste said.
He said the fact that this comes so close to the completion of the school tour makes it more special.
According to the artiste, while the main aim of the school blitz was to inspire the students, he too was inspired by the students at Lennon, Claude McKay, Titchfield and Robert Lightbourne High Schools. He said, he is even more motivated to be the best role model that he can be.
“If only we as artistes fully comprehend the great responsibility that we have to these young minds. These kids see us as little gods who can do no wrong, so whatever message we send out there through our lyrics and our behaviour, that is exactly what they are going to run with. When I spoke to the students about the importance of getting a good education, I could see them listening attentively, and I hope that even one person will be motivated to start getting higher grades and aim for the stars,” I-Octane said passionately.
He added, “I was really moved by these kids. At one school, it started to rain during my performance and nobody moved – not even the teachers. I want to say a big shout out to all the students and teachers of the schools we visited and thank them for their hospitality. To the generous sponsors (Digicel, Busta Soft Drinks, Di Unit Sound System, Good Good Productions, Coke Lines Transportation Services and HEART Trust NTA) – I say more love, because without them this tour wouldn’t have been possible.”
Before Octane touches the stage at the STAR Awards, he will be at the More Life concert in London, scheduled for the O2 Academy Brixton on May 24. This marks the first time in two years that the dynamic entertainer is performing in London.
The entertainer is also now putting the finishing touches to his third studio album, which takes its title from his trademark slang, everthing Correck.
Produced by Marcus Myrie, the son of iconic deejay, Buju Banton, Everthing Correck is a masterpiece production from the young Myrie. The first single, Don’t Stop the Vibes, has already been causing a stir since its release, and the accompanying music video has already been packaged.