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Antigua’s young rising star, Jamal Gordon is busy getting ready for Labor Day in New York. “I am performing the Friday and the Saturday, then will be shooting a music video on the Sunday. Then right after the weekend I have to return to Antigua to go to School on Wednesday!” he declared.
Jamal Gordon has been in the United States since the end of June. He has been on a promotional tour of the North East, for his soon to be release EP “Tomorrow”. Jamal’s first stop was in Charlotte, North Carolina where he opened the carnival celebrations by singing both the Antigua National Anthem and the “Star Spangled Banner”. At the festival he met up with fellow Antiguans, Kenny Blessings, Future Kidd and Super Mario.
Jamal then moved on to New York where he performed at a number of shows before driving down to Baltimore for another carnival performance. There his friend “Juba” accompanied him on stage. The duo moved the crowd with their performance of KES “wotless”.
Back in New York, Jamal had the distinguishing honor of opening the Jamaican Jerk Festival. The Jerk Festival was headlined by Shaggy who sent the crowd of over ten thousand attendants home well satisfied. Jamal then had some other engagements in the New York/ New Jersey area, including a performance at Harlem Week 2013.
Jamal next went up to Hartford, Connecticut where he performed at a level that left the audience wanting for more. After his performance he was presented with an Official Citation on behalf of the Mayor, Pedro Segarra. “I was really surprised to receive such an award, it was my first ever award and it felt like I had just won a Grammy award.”
Upon his return to New York, Jamal made a second appearance at the month long Harlem week celebrations this past weekend. “I have been performing every week since I arrived to the States, now I am winding down. I have had a lot of fun and have met a lot of famous people including Shabba Ranks, Shaggy, and Maxi Priest.”
Next Friday Jamal performs at the Brooklyn Museum and then on Saturday at the Caribbean Splashdown Music Festival at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem New York. “I am really looking forward to these two performances, especially the latter, which is organized by Antiguans; a lot of my country men will get a chance to see me representing Antigua.” After that its back to school for Jamal where he will be starting his second year at St. Joseph academy. “I know this is going to be a challenging school year, but I am ready for it.” Jamal said.