One of Jamaica’s most prolific singer-songwriters, Beres Hammond, brings his One Love One Life Tour to Flatbread on Monday, August 12.
For more than 40 years, Mr. Hammond has performed his brand of romantic lovers rock as well as socially conscious music. His repertoire includes light dancehall, conscious roots reggae, hip-hop fusion, and straight-up contemporary R&B.
In a phone conversation with the Times, Mr. Hammond, a native of Kingston, Jamaica said, “The one word that raps up our show is fun. We like to have fun.” He said he has been to the Island several times and is looking forward to this Island stop. It is one of 27 dates he is playing mostly on the east coast.
He grew up listening to his father’s collection of American soul and jazz music, including Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, and was also influenced by ska and rocksteady, important parts of the Jamaican music scene.
Mr. Hammond began participating in local talent contests in the early 70s, which led to his first recording. In 1975 he joined the band Zap Pow as lead singer. They had a hit in 1978 with the single “The System” under the Aquarius Records label.
He recorded his debut solo album, “Soul Reggae,” in 1976. His solo ballads “One Step Ahead” and “I’m in Love,” were both hits in Jamaica. He left Zap Pow in 1979 to pursue his solo career, and he recorded two more albums, “Let’s Make A Song” in 1980 and “Red Light” in 1981.
He has consistently recorded and performed throughout his career. His 2012 album One Love, One Life topped the Billboard Magazine reggae albums chart. It is a two-disc album, one dealing with love while the other focuses on social issues.
Mr. Hammond travels with an entourage including a DJ and the Harmony House Singers, a trio of women he has performed with for over 12 years. The show will open with Vineyard DJ’s, City One Sound.
The show is produced by Nectar’s Presents. Doors open at 9 pm. $42; $35 in advance. 21+. Tickets available at Alley’s, aboveground Records, The Green Room, Corner 5 in Oak Bluffs, and ticketsmv.com.