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Courtney promises fans a melodic first

Jamaican reggae dance hall singer Courtney Melody has a very special treat in store for his adoring local fans.

Melody, who rose to prominence with a string of hits in the 1980s, will perform along with fellow dance hall singers Admiral Tibet and Half Pint during the Annual Veterans in Action Show at CedarBridge Academy on November 10.

During his brief stopover in Bermuda Melody will perform some of the tracks from his latest album, “In The Street Of This Town', which is due to be released around the same time.

“The album is going to be released on the VP label in about two months time so Bermudians are going to be the first to hear it (live),” Melody told The Royal Gazette. “I have some new songs that's going to be all over so hold tight!

“Courtney Melody will be definitely coming to Bermuda. The contract has been signed and the show has been set so I'm coming over there and it's going to be awesome.

“Everything is going to be good and nice. I never performed in Bermuda before but I hear it is a small place with lots of beaches and thing.

“People always search on the internet and I know they have seen me perform and that's why they want me down there in Bermuda.”

Melody's impressive list of hit songs include the immensely popular 'Modern Girl', 'Key to Your Heart', 'Screechy Across the Border' and 'Ninja Mi Ninja'.

To this present day his 1989 album, 'Modern Girl', is hailed as the one of the best dance hall albums ever recorded in Jamaica.

After soaring to great heights in the 80s, Melody's star dimmed during the ensuing decade after the singer suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident. His only release in the 90s was the single, 'In The Street'.

Melody's waning career eventually received a shot in the arm when Japanese recording label, Mighty Crown, reissued 'Ninja Mi Ninja' in 1999. And since then the Jamaican singer has travelled throughout the Caribbean, Asia and Europe spreading the reggae gospel.

“I'm just been touring places like Trinidad, Barbados, England and Japan,” Melody said. “I feel good to see people enjoying dance hall reggae in places like Europe. They are portraying dance hall and that's why I like what they're doing.”

Melody and the equally popular Admiral Tibet and Half Pint will be backed by New York based band, Ruff Kut, during the upcoming show.

“I'm going to be using a band and you know when Courtney Melody sings on a band it's awesome so hold tight,” added Melody.

Half Pint, who hails from the same West Kingston enclave as the legendary Bob Marley and Dennis Brown, also produced a string of hits in the 80s which include 'Winsome', 'Sally', 'Mr Landlord', 'Level Vibes', 'Greetings' and 'Victory'.

Admiral Tibet, who is regarded as the most consistently conscious singer of his generation, is perhaps best known for his hit song 'Serious Time', and 'Leave People Business' and 'Reality Time', which proved immensely popular among dance hall fans.

Earlier this year Veterans in Action brought in conscious reggae singer Luciano and Mikey Dread who were a big hit among mature reggae fans.

The group also teamed up with 441 Productions and the City of Hamilton to bring reggae great Beres Hammond to these shores to kick off Cup Match holiday festivities.

Tickets for November's show were due to go on sale earlier this month and can be purchased at Kit n Caboodle, Fish & Tings, People's Pharmacy, Belvin's Variety (Devonshire and Happy Valley stores), Somers Supermart or online at www.bermudatickets.bm.

Jamaican reggae dance hall singer Courtney Melody

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Published September 17, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 17, 2013 at 1:34 am)

Courtney promises fans a melodic first

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