Vibes: Bermudian reggae star Collie Buddz introduces his band New Kingston at his radio station Vibe 103. Pictured from left is the Bermuda Sun’s Mikaela Ian Pearman, and band members Stephen Suckarie, Tahir Panton and Courtney Panton Jnr. Missing is Courtney Panton Snr. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Vibes: Bermudian reggae star Collie Buddz introduces his band New Kingston at his radio station Vibe 103. Pictured from left is the Bermuda Sun’s Mikaela Ian Pearman, and band members Stephen Suckarie, Tahir Panton and Courtney Panton Jnr. Missing is Courtney Panton Snr. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1: Collie Buddz promises nothing but energy and “nice vibes” at his first headlining show in Bermuda tonight at Barr’s Park.

Buddz will be performing a full 90-minute set alongside his band, New Kingston.

The Bermudian reggae star sat down with us in the studio of his radio station Vibe 103 yesterday afternoon and encouraged Bermudians to come out to support the event.

“It will be pure energy.

“I am with New Kingston who I have been performing with for five or six years.

“The chemistry is unreal.

‘They are brothers, and their father is also in the band so everything is so tight.

“I love performing with them because it’s a nice vibe.”

He continued: “I hope people can come out and enjoy themselves.

“This will be the first show here with New
Kingston.

“We did something a few years ago but this will be a full 90 minutes.”

New Kingston is made up of brothers Courtney Panton Jnr, Stephen Suckarie and Tahir Panton along with their father, Courtney Panton Snr.

As for what people can expect, Buddz said: “Again, energy.

“I want to enjoy myself on stage. It’s a good vibe.

“New Kingston will begin between 10pm and 10:30pm.

“They’re doing their set with a lot of original music. They’re going to warm up the place nice.”

Tahir said: “You can expect a lot of energy.

“We’re going to bring the only energy in Bermuda.”

Courtney said: “Expect the unexpected.This is a family vibe, three brothers and their father from Brooklyn.

“It’s going to be crazy. It’s a lot of vibes.”

Buddz recently completed a European tour with the band and said it was “nice”.

“We have been there seven times already, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Austria.

“We were all over.”

Buddz said they performed at the Couleur Café World Music Festival in Belgium.

“There’s like 10,000 people and we opened for the headliner, Nas.

“When you step in front of a crowd that big and they’re singing your music, it’s a great feeling.”

Asked how he copes with being Collie Buddz, a father and a husband, the artist said: “It’s definitely a balance.

“I have people around me that take care of a lot of things. It makes it easier on me so I can concentrate on my career. My wife takes care of things. My brother Smokey in the background does the station.”

Buddz also said he hopes to have his next album out this year.

“It’s hard to get in the studio. Whenever I’m back, I have my studio here in Bermuda.

“It’s a work in progress but I hope to have it out this year.

“We have a busy schedule up until November with a tour in Hawaii and Australia and the east coast US so it’s hard to get studio time.”

Buddz said the event is an early show and he expects to be on stage by 11 or 11:30pm and to finish around 1am.

“Gosling’s is doing the bar… it’s going to be fun so come out and enjoy yourself.

“I’m really looking forward to it, my first 90 minute show in Bermuda.”

• Show starts at 8pm with an early warm up by Vibe 103 DJs Chubb, Keem, Smokey and Rusty G. Tickets are $50 and $30 for those under 18. They are available at are available from www.ptix.bm, Kit ‘n Caboodle, Jamaican Grill, Fish ‘n Tings, Sovereign Jewellers and all Gosling’s stores.