D I S C O V E R Y – Who is Barbadian Musician George Gill? He makes the rounds of Australasia?

The popular adage goes you can find a Bajan everywhere – try Fiji as well as Australia and you may unearth George Gill… His first real sighting was in The Age in November last year –

…busker and co-host of Bondi Junction’s Busk-Off, says the best busking moments for him come “every time that you get a nice look from a nice young lady“.

The 32-year-old singer-guitarist from Barbados, whose specialty is “reggae-tising” songs, hooked the co-hosting gig by turning up to the inaugural Busk-Off in 2004.

His next gig is more recent and appears more steady, he’s now back-up to Kepone Fiu, a Fijian reggae artiste who is spreading the vibe of Marley down under –

Kepone‘s story is typical of any Pacific islander living away from their land of his birth.

Although, an Australian national he heeded the call of his blood by returning home to help his mother recover from a stroke she suffered a couple of months ago.

In the two months he has been ‘home’, he has cajoled, pleaded and, even at times, lovingly forced his mum to look at her recovery positively.

Those positive vibrations even saw him roping in a troupe of local jammers to perform for his people from Tuakoi Village, in Motusa, on Rotuma, as they celebrated their annual root crops competition.

All the gagajs were there bro, it would have been an insult not to perform for my people,” he states simply.

Now, with a little bit more time on his hand, the former Dudley High School student who was born and bred in Bagasau, Toorak, and who lived in the reggae heartland of Raiwai for a while, is giving back musically to the land of his birth.

In fact, he still so enamoured with Bagasau that he spends as much time as he can at his brother’s place there, in the very barracks from which he used to pound around the neighbourhood.

Most of his friends are now married with children and Kepone makes time every Saturday to go watch his “nephews” play for the Charles Street Toorak Blues rugby team in the Suva competition.

It is that touch with the grassroots people of his youth that has half of Suva looking forward to his free gigs at the Dragon.

For that he has the services of Jemesa Purmodh, another Fijian who has spent much of his life making music in Australia.

Jemesa, who has links to Suvavou, even has his daughter, Lisa, on drums for the Cools Runnings stint here.

They are accompanied by Barbadian George Gill and Paul Verma, both of whom should feel equally at home here.

All the musicians in the group that first hit the road in 2003 have paid their own way here to set alight the reggae scene.

Kepone admitted Cool Runnings was formed to fill the void of down time when the members were pursuing their own musical directions or on the road with other bands.

So does anybody have more on this guy? A photo even? Tried Googling but no luck! Remember if you have details or pix send a copy to bajan.reporter@gmail.com

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