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Kurtici's ready to rock

Saturday, November 04, 2017

UK-BASED Kurtici is ramping up promotion of Weh Yu a Go Run on his production label, Courtesy Records. He believes he is on the verge of a breakthrough.

“It is a vibes song, a party song, mi ready fi get the run now, knock off the barrier, kick off the gate now, ah my time now fi get the run, it's about time, mi pay mi dues, mi put in the work and mi want the break,” said the deejay.

He is promoting the single jointly with Almshouse Records.

“It has popped up on couple mix tapes all over the Corporate Area, so the feedback has been good so far. I will be coming to Jamaica to pump up the promotion in December,” said Kurtici.

Born Kerrick Bartley, he grew up in Kingston. After leaving high school, he migrated to the UK in 1999 where he started recording songs for producers in his hometown of Brixton, but none were released.

He visited in 2002 where he recorded his first official single titled Fussing and Fighting at Anchor studios in Kingston.

Since then he has released a number of other singles in the UK, the most popular of which was Bloody War, a song that chronicles the 2010 Tivoli Gardens incursion by the Jamaican military and the police.

“Since 'Bloody War' in 2010, I have begun to concentrate a lot more on the Jamaican market because of the strong response it got in Jamaica,” said Kurtici.

The deejay — who hails Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Bounty Killer and Capleton as some of his main influences — is confident that he has the goods to become a household name in the dancehall arena.

“I feel it is my time now,” he said.