DUANE Stephenson is set to sign a three-year deal with Brazilian booking agency, THT Event.
Yesterday, the singer confirmed he is in talks with the company to help him expand his reach in the South American country.
“I just listened to what they had to say. And it definitely sounds interesting,” he told the Jamaica Observer.”
According to Stephenson, he is “hammering out the details of the contract” with THT Event executives Luciano Alves and Sidney Gresser, about returning to Brazil this summer.
Stephenson says he first performed in Brazil in September, 2011 in the city of Fortaleza. In April, he was opening act for The Wailers in Rio De Janeiro, Brasília and Bahia.
“It was a great thing, some of the places I was relatively new to them so they listened at first. Then, by the middle of my act they warmed up to me,” he said.
Stephenson started his career as a member of Cathy Levy’s Little people and Teen Players Club. Later, he was a member of vocal group To-Isis. In recent years, he has made a name as a solo performer with the well-received album, August Town.
Brazil has been one of the biggest markets for over 20 years. Like Europe, fans there favour traditional acts including Jimmy Cliff, arguably the most popular Jamaican musician in the football-mad country.
Gregory Isaacs, The Mighty Diamonds, The Congos and The Gladiators also have strong fan bases in Brazil.