Romain Virgo rocks to Buju

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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Among the more than 30,000 patrons who attended Saturday's Long Walk To Freedom concert at the National Stadium in St Andrew were some virgins: persons who were there for the first time to witness Buju Banton in performance.

Recording artiste Romain Virgo was one of them.

The smooth singer, who was also on the bill, was brimming with excitement fresh from his stint on stage and as he awaited the headliner.

“Oh man, it's really and truly an honour and a blessing to be alive at a time like this. To be performing on the same stage that Buju Banton is performing on is amazing,” the 29-year-old told the Jamaica Observer following his set.

“I'm happy that I'm alive. This is going to be my very first time. I have never seen him live before. So over the last 10 years that he has been going through his struggles, I've been able to watch him on YouTube or whatever I see come up with him. So to watch somebody this powerful on social media and now to be able to see them live for the first time is just a joy. I can't wait to get out there and just be somewhere where I can see him when he comes on stage,” Virgo continued.

Buju Banton spent a near 10-year sentence in a US prison on drug charges. He was deported to Jamaica on December 7, 2018.

The sheer size of the audience was not missed on Virgo who couldn't recall whether or not he had ever performed for a larger audience on the international scene.

“When you look at that crowd, when you hear that sound, I don't think I've ever performed for an audience this big outside Jamaica. If I have I honestly can't remember. I'm thinking about the big reggae festivals in Europe and I'm think any of them are this big... This is just amazing. I just give thanks to be part of something this amazing. Buju's performance is gonna make my night, my week, my month, my year. Just want to make sure I'm in a good spot to see history.”

With most of 2018 dedicated to the release and promotion of his album Lovesick, Virgo is using this year to maintain his presence in the market by dropping fresh work.

“This year is all about new music. Just released Melanin and Progress on the Kingston and St Andrew riddim, produced by Chimney Records. They are songs that we really believe in and so far we see the fans really loving them. We just want to give them 100 per cent of our energy. We can't wait to do the music videos. We are actually shooting the video for Melanin next week. Plus, so many of the producers we worked with in 2018 are now ready to release the music. This is what we always wanted. When a new year comes round we can plan and release the work we did year ago or months ago. That's where we are and I'm excited about the stuff we will release for 2019,” Virgo continued.

— Richard Johnson

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