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ALL-ROUNDER: Former West Indies Test cricketer Omari Banks launches his new album Sunlight

NOW THAT we have successfully negotiated Christmas and Valentine’s Day managed to pass by without too much incident, we here at BrukOut thought we’d fill you in on what you can look forward to in the coming months on the live music side of things. It’s time to get the credit card out and get booking those tickets!

Here in the UK there is a flurry of shows over the next few months that should not be missed.

On April 7, Anguilla’s finest cricketer- turned-musician Omari Banks launches his new album Sunlight at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club. The former West Indies player has received rave reviews across the board from the likes of BET to Huffington Post, and supported Morgan Heritage on their European tour last year.

“I’ve had a close connection with the UK since I spent a lot of time there from the age of 14 when I would come over and train for cricket. I feel a sense of attachment to this country as I’ve made many friends and also many Anguillians who now reside in the UK,” Omari enthused.

“The fact Europe is a great market for reggae and world music is also a great pull, so what better place to start than the city of Big Ben – London.”

Hosted by my brother Robbo Ranx, this will be a great night of reggae musicianship and is not to be missed. Also in April but on a different tact, catch Alkaline alongside the UK’s Chip at the Brixton Academy on the 23rd. Every time I’ve seen Alkaline live it has been a good look, and I’m sure he will have a few tricks up his sleeve for this massive show.

The man behind the sixth most-played record on BBC Radio 1 in 2016 is coming to Europe for 24 live performances in a month, including eight UK shows. Protoje (right) and his band The Indiggnation will be showcasing some of his big hits such as Who Knows and Kingston Be Wise, alongside his new single Blood Money and tracks from his forthcoming album. Protoje is a regular visitor to the UK and feels right at home here.

“I love it, it’s my place. I feel the energy and the vibe and every time I come here I discover some sick artists that I rate – the creativity here is inspiring,” he says. The crew will be performing in Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton and London from May 5.


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Hot on the heels of the Protoje tour you can catch his close affiliate Chronixx on a tour of his own. Currently doing the rounds in America, he will be performing in Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Bournemouth, Birmingham and London from May 19.

If you fancy a short trip abroad to see one of the hottest acts right now then Popcaan and Tory Lanez in concert may be for you. It takes place in Zante as part of the Zante Shutdown and also features Tony Matterhorn and Westwood.

The MOBO-winning ‘Poppy’ will no doubt be showing what made him a star attraction on tour with Drake, as well as his trophy-winning exploits at the Red Bull soundclash. While I was in Jamaica recently he came out as a special guest on the Marley’s celebration for their father’s birthday and was a massive success.

Last year’s Grammy winners Morgan Heritage headline a quartet of dates in the UK from May 4. Alongside them will be Etana, who is incredible live, and the two performances will no doubt provide a big night of entertainment.

Oxford is the first stop, followed by Manchester, Birmingham and London. Their new album is titled Avrakedabra, and look out for an exclusive in-depth interview with the five piece in next week’s column. Finally, Big Gong Zilla, aka Damian Marley, will be shutting down Manchester’s Parklife Festival on the weekend of June 9.

This event has grown and grown, and with the long-awaited Stony Hill album from Damian on the verge of seeing daylight (11 years after the multi Grammy- winning Welcome To Jamrock), this could be a special show.

So there you have it–a spring (and early summer) worth of shows and the fun has only just begun. If you plan to go to any of these shows, look out for me as I will try to get to as many as I can! The live music scene is vital and your continued support for artists who come over to the UK is something that makes shows over here special.

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