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The Real Geel

The Real Geel Indie Allen bound for Belgium reggae festival


Wednesday, July 04, 2018

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WITH no major record label behind him, singer Indie Allen continues to attract the attention of overseas promoters and producers. He is one of the acts slated to perform at the two-day Reggae Geel Festival in Belgium next month.

For the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts graduate, this is a “dream come true”.

“I was thinking about this happening next year actually; that's how far away in my mind it was,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “I remember being in my third year at school and dreaming to go to that side (Europe) and being able to share and spread the music. Of course, artistes want to go to the US (United States), but more so in Europe because the market for reggae is heavy there. It's such a blessing,” he continued.

Allen will grace the stage on August 4, the final night of the 40-year-old event. He met some of the promoters while at a scouting session in college and was contacted last month while performing in Canada.

Other acts slated to perform at Reggae Geel include: Spice, Shabba Ranks, Romain Virgo, StoneBwoy, Etana, Yellowman, and Protoje.

“A show like this is important because it gives us direct contact with everybody in that market. It also highlights what's happening here with new talent and upcoming artistes because it gives us a voice. It's a huge opportunity to grow my brand and it's good for reggae on a whole,” said Allen, who recently returned to Jamaica after filming the Canadian television series Club One New Releases in Trinidad and Canada.

He not only collaborated with musicians from diverse cultures, but got gigs in cities like Brampton and Mississauga. Allen is currently in the recording studio working with the Kingston-based Israel Records on his debut album which features the songs Grace and Love Is of The Almighty.

“I've always wanted my music to be about the message, and there are different ways you can express that message. So there'll be some message music and also some love songs. I don't want to promise a date for the album as yet,” he said.

Indie Allen (born Michael Allen) is from Montego Bay and moved to Kingston to pursue music after graduating from Cornwall College. Since placing fourth in the Digicel Rising Stars contest in 2011, his releases include the 2016 EP Indie Moment and this year's reggae rock ballad Catch A Fire.

His latest songs, Jah Love, produced by Green Lion Crew, and I Know You Love Me, a Natural High production, are slated for release this month.

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