Reggae Icon, Beres Hammond is excited to return to Trinidad next month, when he will headline the second annual Reggae on the Bay Music Festival, alongside Cocoa Tea and Tarrus Riley. Scheduled for May 5 at the spacious and scenic O2 Park in Chaguaramas, ROTB 2 will feature one of the ladies' favourite singers performing live with his Harmony House band in Trinidad for the first time in three years.
"I'm wonderful and happy to hear everything is great with you all," he said via telephone. "It's been some time now since I have been here. Probably about three years. It’s a wonderful feeling coming back to Trinidad still and I'm happy the folks could have invited me."
With a brand new album titled, One Love, One Life just released last November, Hammond is ready to share his special blend of Lovers Rock/ Reggae tunes with the world again.
“Presently we're promoting this new CD that's out,” he enthused. “It’s called One Love, One Life. It came out during the Christmas period, so we're working to see how much we can get out of it. We haven’t even released any singles from it yet. We're pushing the entire project. Maybe after we see what Trinidad likes the most, we may probably work on that one. That’s why I’m happy to come for Reggae on the Bay at this time and I’m always happy to come to Trinidad.”
Revered for his warm husky tone, soothing yet sensual vocals, love centric lyrics and infectious melodies, Hammond has been known to captivate audiences for hours at a time – and only really faces problems when it’s time to exit the stage!
“We just perform as usual,” he revealed. “We work until the people are satisfied and say that's enough now. It's always beautiful. I give my all every time, so I'm not one to say expect this or that, because it’s very hard to choose which songs to sing. Sometimes I find myself in problems trying to choose one or the other, so now I just allow the vibes to take over and the mood to determine what songs to sing on stage. My coming to Trinidad this time will be a continuation of this same kind of behaviour and vibe cause they always seem to like it and embrace it, so I'll work with that some more. That way, most people feel happy in the end you know.”
Over the past two years, there have been many troubling rumors regarding Hammond’s health – but thankfully none of them were true. The amicable singer assured his fans that he is healthy and very much alive.
“I wish I knew where those rumors are coming from because they've been doing it so frequently now,” he joked, “it almost seems like I need to start celebrating it! All I can say is we have all kinds of people in the world: some are nice people and some are not so nice... But I still pray and worry for those who are not so nice because you can still be a good person if you want to be. And my duty is to do the best I can to give you a touch of love. But I'm fine and I'm well! This new technology we call the internet can do a lot of damage. Somebody just has to say one little thing and it goes viral. If and when, I'm gonna catch a cold, I'll call you and let you know.”
Asked for his thoughts on the upcoming Reggae album from West Coast Rapper turned Music Icon, “Snoop Doggy Dogg” aka “Snoop Lion”, Hammond embraced the project.
“I'm not a very good person at opinions you know,” he admitted, “especially when it comes to trying to dissect an artiste, but... I personally appreciate him coming down here to do that project you know. I am happy that a person of his stature would choose Jamaica to come and make a difference for his career. I'm happy about that. He probably needs to come down to Trinidad too… (laughs)”
Also performing on the night, will be local acts: Solomon Gabriel, Verse Ital, Sistah Efa and the band known as Buzz Rock. In between the live acts, music will be provided by DJs, Black Chariot and Solid Rock.
Tickets are available from all Committee Members, as well as at Converse, Cache and/or Lollobee Cellular outlets nationwide, as well as Ali’s Roti Shop in St James, Bazo Sport in Town Centre Mall, Port of Spain and Bobby’s Bar in Curepe. Join the Reggae on the Bay group or log on to the event page on Facebook for more information.