Story and Photography By: Alan Lewin
New creation recording artiste, Desmond Boyd, more popularly known as Dez I Boyd, went on a promotional tour of Clarendon and Manchester on October 4, distributing several school supplies to children at May Pen Primary, Toll Gate All Age and Harmons Primary Schools. Dez I first visited the May Pen Primary School where he met with the principal Mrs. Saidie Comrie and other guidance counselors including his own sister, Cecile Boyd-Forbes who is also a teacher at the school.
Some of the items presented to the teachers and students were knapsack bags that flaunt Dez I's printed image on them, pencils, pens, notepads and stickers of Dez I Boyd's image. The entourage, which included his publicist, Bridgette Anderson, then journeyed to the Toll Gate All Age where they presented the same items at that school.
His final visit took him to his alma mater, Harmons Primary in Manchester. At Harmons, he received a warm welcome by the teachers, students, citizens and auxiliary staff. At Harmons Primary, he played games and sang his monster hit song, "Shake Up Yu Natty." In interacting with the very receptive audience at Harmons, Dez I asked some of the students to shake up their heads as if they were shaking their Natty Dread Locks. His including that bit of movement, went over very well. The children had the chance to participate in a song and dance contest for which winners were rewarded with a knapsack.
From here it's on to Curefest, which is Dez I's next engagement and it is scheduled for October 12-14, 2007. He is slated to perform on Sunday Night at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium alongside Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Beenie Man, Mavado, Spragga Benz, Mackie Conscious, Shano, Mr. Easy, Sizzla, Cocoa Tea, Hero, Mr. Peppa and others.
At the moment, Dez I's two popular songs, "Shake your Natty" and "Essences," are favorites and in rotation on many airwaves.