Posted on February 4, 2013
Half Pint brings greetings to Sandals Negril
Jamaica Observer, January 31, 2013
NEGRIL, Westmoreland — WHILST the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium sizzled with memorable performances from top acts at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa had its fair share of fireworks.
Playing host to reggae superstar Half Pint and the ever-popular Lloyd Parkes and We the People Band on Saturday, the resort’s guests were treated to an exclusive VIP musical event.
Orchestrated by the hotel’s sales team and the 74-member McCormick family, owners of McCormick Distilling Company out of the United States — who were vacationing at the resort — the performance caught the interest of other guests who were captivated by the magical sounds of reggae hits that brought many back to the era of the 80s and 90s.
“Our group had an exceptional time on Saturday,” voiced David Ross, one of the organisers of the event. He explained that the McCormicks, who are ardent fans of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, first witnessed Half Pint in action at last year’s event and fell in love with his music.
“The family always heads to Jamaica for Jazz and Blues, but having met Half Pint at last year’s festival they decided they wanted him for themselves this year,” continued Ross.
Up-and-coming artiste Clancy got the ‘irie’ nod from the group as he successfully opened the event with soothing chants, backed by thrilling instrumentals from We the People. His soulful renditions started off softly, gradually building momentum, and halfway into his performance he had reggae lovers rocking and dancing away on the resort’s Cabana Beach.
With the crowd paying homage to the smooth delivery from the promising star, the pace was set for the top performer, Half Pint, who emerged on stage much to the pleasure of the already delighted audience. Within seconds he had the crowd lost in time as he belted out popular hits such as Greetings, Mr Landlord, Winsome, and Substitute Lover.
The night ended on a high with Half Pint, Clancy and the band interacting and sharing lens time with the family who are already making plans for another splendid show in 2014.
(And here are some photos, courtesy of Ra-Umi Alkebulan.)
Posted on November 8, 2012
Half Pint Taking On US Bullies
Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer; The Gleaner
Western Bureau:International reggae star Half Pint is now leading the charge to reduce violence against women and children in schools with his involvement in a United States-based anti-bullying campaign.
This new thrust came on the heels of a successful appearance on the Rebels in the Garden stageshow in Kingston, where he shared the stage with Rootz Underground and newcomer Chronixx.
According to the musician’s manager, Loyal Haylett, the partnership with stakeholders in the United States to help reduce bullying in schools is part of Half Pint’s drive to use his musical influence to reduce incidents of violence locally and internationally.
“Bullying is a serious issue being faced in many schools across the US and we welcome the opportunity to help spread the message to stop the bullying in schools. It also helps his music to reach a new demographic,” Haylett said.
Half Pint has also established a partnership with Lasco and Rootz Underground to promote environmental awareness in schools across Jamaica. The project is dubbed Relief Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP).
“He has a new single called Pass It On that is encouraging patrons to help take back Jamaica from the trail of crime and violence that has cast a negative shadow on the island. We are also seeking to work with local peace-management groups with a view to doing our part to help to put an end to this cycle of violence,” Haylett revealed.
Born Lindon Roberts, Half Pint is a product of the west Kingston enclave of Rose Lane, a community close to Trench Town, which produced the likes of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and Toots Hibbert.
The reggae musician recently secured a major publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group and a deal with Harmonix Music Systems to have his music played in a series of video games said to be worth millions in potential revenue.
Posted on October 11, 2012
Half Pint sound heads to video games
Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer; The Gleaner
International reggae star Half Pint has secured a major publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) and a deal with Harmonix Music Systems to have his music played in a series of music video games, a move manager Loyal Haylett revealed is a major push for reggae.
“What this deal represents is that Half Pint’s music will now be in a position to be played in movies, commercials, ring tones and a variety of other media. With the mother of all international publishing companies, so to speak, his music will be exposed to other markets and demographics,” his manager revealed.
UMPG is now responsible for collecting royalties and the administration of copyright issues. Through his own Loyal Haylett Management firm, the manager was also successful in negotiating a deal with Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games, the makers of Rock Band, the popular music video game for Xbox 360, PlayStation and Nintendo DS gaming systems.
While he did not want to give the dollar value of the two deals, Haylett described them as ‘lucrative’. A serious international push for Half Pint’s music is also expected from the deals.
“Reggae is renowned globally and these deals represent the direction we are taking the business of reggae. The deal, especially with the Rock Band video games, has the capacity to generate millions for Half Pint Music, and we just want persons to understand the global brand and business of the music,” he further added.
Half Pint, known for hits such as Substitute Lover, Greetings, and Winsome, has no intention of slowing down in his musical endeavours either. He recently came off a six-week tour that covered the United States of America and Europe.
Born Lindon Roberts, the entertainer is a product of the West Kingston enclave of Rose Lane – a community in proximity to Trench Town – which has produced the likes of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and Toots Hibbert.
“The music business in Jamaica is not about looking out for the veteran musicians. Even some of the event organisers are not knowledgeable about the legendary acts, they are a product of the now generation, which results in a breakdown,” Half Pint’s manager stated.
Posted on July 7, 2011
A couple of new Pint interviews have been posted recently. First, is one from OutDeh.com:
Next up is a capture of a live stream from IRIEFM (July 6, 2011):
Posted on February 3, 2011
A few new pieces of press from Pint’s December Hawai’i tour to check out, including some information about his new album:
- Catch Di Riddim; Jamaica Observer; December 17, 2010
- Half Pint to release album in early 2011; Jamiaca Observer; December 8, 2010
- Half Pint does Hawaii; The Gleaner; December 6, 2010
Posted on August 21, 2009
Half Pint, Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg and Stephen Marley ‘blazed and confused’
from Jamaica Observer
Friday, August 21, 2009
Half Pint delivering yet another breathtaking performance
The 2009 Blazed and Confused tour featuring Half Pint, Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg and Stephen Marley was a resounding success. The 20-date US concerts kicked off on July 9 in Primm, Nevada and ended on August 8 in Boston, Ma.
It was a series of shows on which all the acts gave of their best and what patrons received was an eclectic fusion of reggae and hip hop which went over well. For reggae singer Half Pint, who last year also toured with Slightly Stoopid, showed another demonstration that he is one of the most enduring singers of Reggae music, and he blazed on the tour, igniting fans with songs from his tried and proven repertoire.
Not to be outdone, however, were Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg and Stephen Marley who all delivered entertaining sets which totally engaged their audiences.
As it was during he month-long tour, at the last show at the Comcast Centre in Boston, Half Pint was introduced on stage by Slightly Stoopid’s guitarist/vocalist, Miles. Pint entered the stage with his up-tempo reggae song Level the Vibes. He received a thunderous applause as he danced and pranced to the music played by the Reggae rockers Slightly Stoopid. The band not only showed their versatility in playing Reggae music but also their love for the genre. Freedom Fighter with a rugged baseline struck a chord with the audience, when Pint sang the lines “To all my brothers in America and all my sisters in a Canada, we want freedom on the African border.”
Greetings brought the house down as the members of Slightly Stoopid rocked the stage. This inflamed the audience as Pint took control and had them singing with him word for word.
Posted on April 28, 2009
by Adrian Frater, News Editor
While it was Jah Cure that daybreak caught wreaking havoc, it was vintage music that ruled as Western Consciousness 21 unfolded on Saturday night before a small but appreciative gathering at the scenic Paradise Park near Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.
From the United Kingdom-based King Sounds, through to the likes of Admiral Tibet, the phenomenal Half Pint, a velvet-smooth Errol Dunkley, the potent Johnny Clarke and England-based Sista Musical aggregation, the story of Jamaica’s music was brilliantly told as each performer opened up their respective catalogues and generously offered musical gifts to the patrons.
When the Fireman Capleton closed the show at 6:30 a.m. with a well-received cameo, the satisfied fans did not even call for an encore and departed the venue, ignoring the fact that traditional crowd-pleasers Beenie Man, the Messenger Luciano and the living legend, Bunny Wailer, who were billed for the show, did not appear.
coming of age
For the Jah Cure fans, it was a powerful coming-of-age performance, as the singer displayed great confidence and self-assurance in an impressive set. In fact, he looked and sounded like a man who had crossed the barrier from star to superstar as he made an indelible mark in belting out songs such as Free Again, Sticky Out Deh, Reflection, Good Morning Jah Jah, Longing For and Call On Me.
However, for many, the performance of the night belonged to a dazzling Half Pint. Hitting the stage after a tremendous set by Admiral Tibet, Half Pint had the fans at his mercy, as he kept them in a non-stop dancing frenzy, reeling off hit after hit. At times, it sounded like he had a choir with him, as the crowd went toe-to-toe with him on songs like Greetings, Hold On, Landlord, One Big Family, Level The Vibes and Winsome.
Admiral Tibet, who got one of two encores for the night, was compelling as he rolled back the clock to the days when he ruled the local charts. Songs such as, Time So Serious, Terrorist, Babylon and Leave People Business Alone, were delivered with such authority that his encore, which yielded Woman Is A Problem and No Longer, all connected.
Like Half Pint, fellow veterans Errol Dunkley and Johnny Clarke both rolled back the clock, generating solid responses for the vast number of hits they unleashed.
In the second and third segments of the show, the younger patrons really had a blast as the group LUST had the ladies going crazy with hits like Run Free, Lady and Broken Hearted Melody.
Lutan Fyah was particularly impressive with his roots-flavoured hits, which was like an addition to a biting three-song salvo unleashed by the veteran Natty Remo, who appeared before him. Lutan Fyah was simply masterful on St Jago Dela Vega and Rasta Still Deh Bout.
In the first segment, which featured the likes of Timmi Burrell, Stamma T, Grandson, Cen C Love, Illey Dread, Empress Roberta and Stream, the class performers were definitely Romaine Virgo, who elicited uncontrolled screams from the ladies; Spectacular, who combined high energy with powerful vocals; and House of Leeds recording artiste Iyahblazze, who got the night’s first encore for his dazzling set.
When Capleton closed the show with snippets of songs such as Small World, Tun It Up and Slew Dem, it was clear that a show minus lewd and violent lyrics could be richly entertaining.
Posted on May 16, 2008
Half Pint delivers a stress free ride
from Jamaica Observer
Friday, May 16, 2008
The sounds of No Stress Express, the 17th album by singer Half Pint, released by Universal Music, delivers 16 tracks of pure conscious reggae tunes. From the first song entitled Unity, he takes you down a stress free road of cool, calm reggae music.
In it, he goes back to the early days when this genre of Jamaican music was just finding form, when it was true, a time before the music had diverted from its roots to the violent and at times unwholesome lyrics.
On No Stress Express, Half Pint sings about love, romance, unity and the struggles within the rough inner-city areas, themes for which reggae music became known and appreciated.
Special mention must be made of the third track on his album, Just Be Good, which was done twice on the CD. This track is, simply put, a wonderful creation, one that is reminiscent of the reggae music of old. One where the sound, the words and the instrumentals soothe the heart and capture the mind. It is a sound the traditional reggae music lovers will never be able to get enough of. Originally produced by Beres Hammond and Harmony House Production, Just Be Good should bring back memories to the older folk, and give young listeners something to appreciate. After all, this one is a classic.
And if that was not enough, Suzie and My Best Friend’s Girl provide the icing on the cake for the lovers rock fans. This icing does in no way cloy the appetite. Rather, what these songs do is that they turn you into an addict, in that it leaves you yearning for more. And the more you get is the more you want, just like Suzie.
Born Lindon Roberts, Half Pint emerged on the reggae scene in the early 1980s, and has worked with top notch producers such as, King Jammy and Prince Jammy. During this time he released songs entitled Greetings, Winsome, Victory and Mr Landlord. These are among his more popular tunes, which invariably laid the groundwork for his future success, the latest being his present compilation.
Another recording which stands out is, Bad Boy, where he collaborates with powerhouse deejay Sizzla Kalonji, to produce arguably one of the best tracks on his CD. The song entitled Bad Boy starts out “… bad boy in the street and we have no food to eat, and when life should be sweet it’s a tragedy.” Sizzla then interjects with, “we looking for a way out, sufferation got to stay out.” Such sounds come from a truly mystical place, and the duo does much to convey this message with an eclectic mix of traditional reggae, as it pertains to Half Pint, and a retro dancehall style in the way Sizzla delivers his half of the rendition.
One should also mention that his album made a wonderful move when it omitted the computerised noises which are so prevalent in many reggae album releases today. By doing this Half Pint remains true to his roots, natural, cool and devoid of those excessively amplified tones. As such, the artistes true voice, and persona comes out.
The instrumental is also very good, it is dominated by Dwight Pinkney’s guitar riffs, and the easy-going drumming of Donovan Watson. Paul Crossdale and Christopher Meredith add to the sweet one-drop rhythms, and the keyboards sound is also phenomenal.
It is one that anyone can listen to, virtually anywhere, in the car, while cooking or when on a family outing, or when feeling stressed. This album should be good for that album collection of reggae classics.
Overall a B+ effort.
Posted on April 24, 2008
Be sure to check out episode 47 of the Reggae Rhythm Update podcast hosted by Joshua B for a great show dedicated to Pint. Joshua interviews Pint and runs down a great series of tracks. All fans will definitely want to check it out. Here’s what Joshua has to say about the episode:
One of the great things about doing this show is that I get to speak to some of my musical heroes. Half Pint is one of those artists that I discovered while doing my radio show at Emerson College in Boston. Starting one night, young ladies would call and request his new song at the time, “Substitute Lover.” That song turned out to be one of my all-time favorites, along with “Level the Vibes,” with which I’d open my show week after week. With last night’s performance in Los Angeles, Half Pint began his U.S. tour. Visit his web site for the latest tour updates. I spoke to him over the phone from his hotel room. I think you’re going to love what he says about his musical mission to uplift people.
The track list is as follows: Level the Vibes, Days I Can’t Forget, Sally, Sally Dub, Winsome, Greetings, Substitute Lover, Hold On, Unity, Blessing Darling, Just Be Good, and Children of His Majesty.
Posted on April 20, 2008
Half Pint recalls ‘One Big Family’
Mel Cooke; Jamaica Gleaner
When Half Pint wrote and sang One Big Family, which eventually was the title of the 1990 album of the same name, Jamaica was in some ways returning to older times while at the same time adjusting to the inevitable changes of an increasingly globalised world.
The People’s National Party was back in power with Michael Manley at the helm, ending the Jamaica Labour Party’s stint after their 1980 landslide general election victory, which came after the near civil war of the late 1970s. The Sleng Teng rhythm of 1985 had changed the Jamaican music industry, ushering in an increased production of deejays, among other changes.
Song of unity
Into the political and social changes came Half Pint with a song of unity, looking back a few decades. As he put it, “The rivalry of the politics did start to die down, but the stigma was there.
“Overall, me grow with a more family background. Then the general way of how Jamaica was different from the Jamaica that I know from the 1960s, where every parent would grow a child, even neighbour. The balance we had, we had more confidence as children,” Half Pint said.
“In the 1970s and ’80s, when the political violence come up, we could remember the ’60s.
“The song come up like if I can turn back the hands of the times and we come together as a family,” Half Pint said.
So he sang, on a remake of the ‘Death in The Arena’ by Sly and Robbie with a ‘wicked mix’ by engineer David Rowe, that:
“We are one big family, inna dis ya country
We are one big family, living inna harmony.”
And he rejoices “joy, joy to the word, joy to every boy and girl,” and prescribes friendship among human beings “like roses need water”.
It is natural, then, that One Big Family has become a unification favourite, sometimes given the close-of-show treatment that has been accorded One Love. There was, however, a little concern from some of Half Pint’s colleagues, as he called some names, but naturally, many had to be left out.
In the verse where he specifies members of the ‘family’, Half Pint speaks about George Phang, Bunny Wizzy, Peter Metro, Admiral Bailey, Josey Wales and Michael Palmer, ending “Junior Reid flashing it said speed”.
“Me couldn’t call everybody name,’ Half Pint said, laughing, as he remembers that there were those who asked why they were not mentioned. He said those who made the list were among “the people who formulate in the music business around us”.
Single did well
He said that as a single, distributed by Sonic Sounds, One Big Family did well. “I guess overall people just pick up on a Half Pint song in the 1980s,” he said. And he says that the cover of the album was him in performance at Sting, with Derrick Barnett of Sagitarius Band and Isaiah Laing of Supreme Promotions in the background. “When yu look at it yu no see dem dat clear, but me know is dem,” Half Pint said.
More important than the popularity in terms of units sold and chart placing, though, is the sentiment of unity which it fosters. “When One Big Family play it mean come forth an’ dance to the tune,” Half Pint said.
Nearly 20 years after it was first made, One Big Family will get a renewed lease on life, as it has been remade along with a rapper and another singer, who actually does a verse in Spanish. It will appear on Half Pint’s next album, which will come hard on the heels of the recently released No Stress Express.
And Half Pint has just started a tour of the US West Coast and Hawaii, bringing the ‘family’ together once again.