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Portuguese reggae star booked for November

Poster of Richie Campbell and Romain Virgo

Portuguese reggae star Richie Campbell is to star at an event to mark the 170th anniversary of the Portuguese in Bermuda.

Joe Carolo, one of the organisers, said: “We have had a few comments about Richie already. People are already asking when tickets will go on sale.

“The Portuguese are excited to have him come down to Bermuda. This will be his first time here.”

Richie Campbell is considered a leading figure in Portuguese reggae after he became the first artist in Portugal to sell out a major venue, Campo Pequeno.

He has notched up hits with Heaven, Slowly and Midnight in Lisbon. Mr Campbell, who has recorded five albums, will come to Bermuda with his backing group The 911 Band.

Award-winning albums such as Focused in 2012 and In The 876 three years later led him to tours of Britain, Poland, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, and also Jamaica and Barbados.

Jamaican reggae artist Romain Virgo will also perform at the concert.

The organisers, which include the producers of the Cup Match Summer Splash, said they decided to have Virgo because they wanted to attract the entire Bermudian community.

Declan Harris, promoter of Summer Splash, said: “I think they complement each other quite well — both their styles of music are non-offensive. They are true entertainers.”

Mr Virgo, 29, won the Jamaica Digicel Rising Stars competition aged just 17 and has since made three albums, two EPs and released several singles.

He has performed in the United States, Europe and Africa.

Mr Harris said the event would be family-oriented one with a Portuguese flavour to food and drink. He added: “If you want burger and fries that day, that will not be the place.”

The venue for the event has not yet been decided, but Mr Harris said it will be in Hamilton and that the promoters were in talks with the City of Hamilton.

Early-bird tickets for the November 3 concert will go on sale today with general admission $65 and VIP tickets at $150.

Bermudian performers will include Cdaynger and YGS, who are of Portuguese decent, along with Rusty G.

Tickets can be bought at www.bdatix.bm or from Cafe Acoreano and the Vasco Da Gama Club, both Hamilton.