Reggae singer, Anthony Cruz, who is now following in the footsteps of his late uncle Garnet Silk by embracing the Rastafari faith, is equally eager to embrace his fans at Stone Love HQ on Burlington Avenue during the upcoming Kingston Music Week.
The week of activities runs from December 1-7 with the official Stone Love Night set for December 2 at arguably the hottest Wednesday night spot in City Kingston – Weddy Weddy.
The Half-Way-Tree singer, who is now sprouting his locks and a new “livity”, is anticipating performing in this authentic dancehall setting in which the juggling is intense and patrons have little patience for anything but an ‘A’ game from artistes.
“I love the concept of Kingston Music Week and I’m really happy to be a part of it. Performing with Stone Love is always a treat because we all know the importance of the sound system in driving reggae/dancehall music,” said Cruz who is currently promoting songs such as Money Worries, A Pound A Day, Another Lonely Day and Mother And Daughter, which can be found on his new Tads Records EP, Cruzing.
He noted that although he has always been known for his “girls tunes” and songs anyone can listen to, he will be adding some socially conscious ones to the mix as he continues to take up his social responsibility as an artiste. He has been “mixing it up” during his live performances, the most recent of which was the Mello FM show at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay.
“Fans are still getting used to seeing Anthony Cruz with a tam on his head and hair on his face, which is a sharp contrast from the smooth face, bald head Anthony Cruz which they are used to,” admitted Cruz, who emphasized that his conversion is real.
Born Rowan Smith, Anthony Cruz grew up in Mandeville. A past student of Holmwood Technical High school made his entrance on the reggae stage in the early 90s with an original single entitled Tell Me What’s Up produced by Willie Lindo. He soon followed up with other recordings such as Just Call My Name, When You Get Lonely and Love Will Never all from the same producer.