If you are ever passing by the boardwalk in Hastings on the first Friday evening of every month, you just might be in for a pleasant treat if you decide to stop.
At the popular Blakey’s Bar and Restaurant, your ears will be delighted by the sounds of Reggae on the Boardwalk, a show developed by respected Barbadian roots and reggae artiste, David Kirton.
“All of this came out of a need for performance. I was living in California for a little while, about two years ago, and when I came home, I noticed there were a lot of people saying there was a lack of performance venues and nothing really was going on,” Kirton explained.
“So we kind of decided let’s make something happen. So we started creating a little energy with the bands that were performing like Biggie Irie and the Red Boys, Allan Shephard and in the end Blakeys decided we would give David Kirton a night.”
Kirton’s irie cool vibes, mixed with the cool summer breeze blowing in from the nearby Caribbean Sea, coupled with the hynoptic beats from the talented band, invite both tourists and locals alike to rock the night away with good laughs and delicious culinary delights.
Kirton is pleased with how the event has taken off and hopes to keep it going. But all the while, the artiste, who is best known for his hit song, Green Camouflage, is busy working to release a new album later this year.
“It has some really nice songs. Some are recorded here in Barbados, some in Jamaica, with a long time producer and friend Mikey Bennett, and so I am looking forward to bring forward some really good vibes this year,” Kirton said.
“We are looking to really push aggressively in Europe…the UK, Germany and hopefully Italy and places like that. So that is something new and fresh that I am working on. I don’t have a name on the album yet, but I would say we are just over half way already.”
Kirton hopes it will be an inspiration to young people looking to get into music. On the boardwalk, he’s working with a young group known as the Uproot Project. He’s urging more young people to explore their musical gift.
“Look at our Rihanna. I keep telling a lot of young people Rihanna’s story. So many people would love to have that opportunity that Rihanna has. But she has worked hard for what she has done. It didn’t just happen.
“ I would like to encourage the young folks to get out there and realize their dreams of being performers. It is not only about being signed because only so many artistes can be signed to that big elusive deal, but there are so many millions, who actually do music for a living, tour and work hard and enjoy sharing their music. . . .
“You have to do your thing, pay your dues and that means growing your fan base, being active on social media, network. It is all about what you do and what you put into the work as an artiste,” Kirton said.