Collie Buddz and New Kingston

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Saturday September 1, 2012 7:30 PM
$25 in advance / $30 day of concert

Collie Buddz, from the isle of Bermuda, has done something not impossible but something once seemingly very implausible. He's become the most buzz-worthy current Reggae artist over the past few years. In the summer of 2007, Collie Buddz' Columbia Records self-titled debut album stormed the charts entering the Billboard Reggae Chart at first position. The Reggae singjay became an international star when this album then went on to debut across the world at the top of every chart from Japan to Germany. With much of the production coming from Collie himself, he delivered a solid debut with contributions from Supa Dups, Shea Taylor, Bang Out, Screwface, Bobby Konders and Crown N Kah-So-Real to name just a few. Reviewing his first single, an undeniable summer anthem titled, "Come Around," the Miami New Times said, "The song is a monster." Hip Hop Weekly said, "Collie Buddz is one of the most firmly grounded voices you may ever encounter." The industry excitement about this new voice in music manifested in many ways by inspiring Collie's musical peers to either create their own remixes of "Come Around," or join Collie on the official remix of the single. Everyone from Busta Rhymes, Cypress Hill and Paul Wall to G-Unit and Shaggy contributed to the anthem.

Incorporating influences from Hip-Hop to Soca, Collie's music nevertheless has a rock-solid foundation in Reggae - and its power to connect ghetto reality with the highest heights of human aspiration - that is a rarity even in Jamaica. But, to say he's connected to the Caribbean community would be an understatement. Collie Buddz, born Colin Harper, has become the Caribbean culture's resident ambassador.

Touring extensively, Collie's passport stamps are a relative reflection of the worldwide love for Reggae and Caribbean culture. From Madison Square Garden to Dubai, Collie Buddz is the definition of an international recording artist. "It was crazy performing in the Middle East. Who would have guessed how big reggae music is there? They knew all my songs," a jubilant Collie Buddz explains. He has toured throughout Germany, France, England, Japan, North and South America and the Caribbean. His unique blend of Hip-Hop, Soca and Dancehall underlined with his ever-present passion for the modern Roots Reggae sound has attracted tastemaker supporters all over the world. Reggae pioneer David Rodigan [London] and New York Reggae stalwarts at legendary radio station, Hot 97, Massive B and Short-Man [Heavy Hitters] are just some of his most ardent supporters. Now on the verge of Collie's sophomore album release, the anticipation is palpable.

In spite of averaging an eleven month yearly touring schedule since 2007, Collie Buddz is prepared to release a new album that promises an even greater insight into the multi-talented, producer/singer-songwriter/performer. He's also made time to work with some of the most respected producers and artists in the industry while also making beautiful music with the production team that made his debut album an overnight success. "We don't have a title for the new album just yet but whatever we call it, the album will be mad," Collie excitedly explains. With production by Supa Dups, Massive B and Seanie Bamong other contributors, Collie's fans can anticipate Collie's unique twist on popular music. Tony Kelly [K-Licious], producer of more crossover hits than any other producer in the genre [Sean Paul, Patra, Supercat, Wayne Wonder, Shaggy] and TJ Records [Beenie Man] return with production for this album as well. Among friends, Collie is known as a "studio rat," as given any sort of free time in the schedule, Collie is hunkered down behind the boards of a recording studio. So it comes to no surprise to anyone that Collie is also ready to release a brand new mixtape.

"I was just in Los Angeles finishing a song with Sugar Ray, and I love the vibe on that track," says Collie of the new mixtape. Also with verses on hit songs by Beyonce, Rihanna and Kid Cudi, the mixtape is sure to give Collie's fans an appetizer to the entree of the sophomore album. "I always want to give all the sound-systems and DJs something to rock the clubs with while I work on releasing my new material," Collie says. It is this love for constantly creating that drives Collie Buddz.

Wanting to release music more frequently and with fewer restrictions, Collie's affiliation with Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Inc ended in 2008. He has since founded his own independent record label, Harper Digital alongside his brother [Smokey] and DJ [DJ Genie] while working with his longtime management group, Mojiza Management. The Harper Digital team is already grooming the label into a full production house and artist development business. Humble as always, Collie simply says, "I'm just excited to be putting out another album. I love to make music and the satisfaction is in having other people from all over the world enjoy it. I live out of a suitcase and I wouldn't have it any other way." And Collie means just what he says.

With a nonstop touring schedule with his band The New Kingston Band and his longtime compatriot and hype man, Pee Wee, Collie just has one quick stop before hitting the road yet again. He's got to stop by the embassy and pick up more page inserts for his passport.

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Opening Act: New Kingston

New Kingston is a young vocalist/instrumentalist group that consists of three brothers. Tahir a.k.a. SLIM, the youngest member on Keyboards/Vocals. Courtney on Drums/Vocals and Stephen a.k.a SUKI, the oldest on Guitar/Vocals. This group fuses their Reggae sound with modern Pop, Jazz and R&B music, to create their sound, which they term, "Reggae Crossover". New Kingston has been in the industry for some time now and some might call them, "young veterans"! The group is led by it's founder/manager and father Courtney LJ Panton.

New Kingston started off working with many artists such as, Collie Buddz, Mr.Vegas, Morgan Heritage, Gyptian, Shabba Ranks, and many more. But, while working with all of these artists, manager Courtney LJ Panton had another vision. This vision helped New Kingston create their sound, dubbed, "Reggae Crossover". A blend of sounds to everyone's likes, while still sticking to their heritage. Reggae!

Now this group is sharing the stage with many artists around the world from Europe, to the Americas and beyond. New Kingston is currently set to release their second album, In the Streets. The album features two of their singles that are gaining radio recognition globally. "In The Streets", the title track of the album and "Pon Di Wall", which is on the Ting-ah-Ling riddim revamped and remade by New Kingston!

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