Jamaican artist Romain Virgo and his crew The Unit Band landed in the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa, on Sunday morning and are set to perform Monday night at the Mini Stadium in the capital city of Victoria.
Romain Virgo and The Unit Band’s were warmly greeted at the Seychelles International Airport’s VIP Lounge by Air Seychelles staff, members of the local media and press, and some local artists.
Romain Virgo and The Unit Band exit the aircraft and head to the VIP Lounge to meet with the press
“This welcome, pictures taken and everything, it’s amazing,” Romain Virgo said to local press at the VIP Lounge. “We give thanks.”
Romain Virgo speaks to the Seychelles press
When asked about his trip and first impressions, he said, “It was wonderful; the people from Seychelles took care of us all the way through and were very hospitable. It was just a beautiful vibe when we were landing. We love that kind of vibe.”
One of the first things Romain Virgo and his crew asked for was the Wi-Fi password, and started posting pictures only minutes after they had arrived.
“We are looking forward to perform and we’ve been showing the world bits of Seychelles already through Instagram, especially of us flying in and seeing the island from up top,” he told the press. “It’s so beautiful here. We know people are excited already, we’ve seen in on social media.”
The entire crew enjoyed some down time at the VIP Lounge and started posting about Seychelles on their social media
He then admitted that he was not always aware of the Seychelles, and where it is located.
“I think a year or two ago, somebody mentioned Seychelles to me,” he explained. “I thought it was in the Caribbean islands at first, until further on I learned it was off the coast of Africa. So I was shocked at how far it actually was from us. It was unbelievable to know people from here know our music, and really connect to it. So I give thanks for all that support.”
He also explained how covering original songs brought him to fame.
“I think part of it is the way I started out”, he reminisced. “I got my breakthrough through a competition called Rising Star, which is similar to American Idol. In these competitions we sing cover songs. From time to time I find myself doing one and people respond to it. I believe that at the core of reggae music, any song can be covered. We always try to make it so interesting that people who know the original will still be interested in the cover.”
“We want the original writers and singers of the song to feel good when they hear the cover so we never cover something because it’s popular, but rather because we think there is something we can do to that song to make it more interesting or to make it brand new again”, he added. “In reality it takes something special to make a hit song again in reggae music. It’s a beautiful vibe and we enjoy doing what we’re doing to cover some original music, and we love music overall and I think it’s that love that brings such a good vibe.”
When asked what he is expecting for the show at the Mini Stadium, he explained, “I don’t know; it’s my first time here so I’m just looking forward to doing my part and that’s putting on a great show. We are looking forward to giving the people something memorable, and that they can say they remember about Romain Virgo. So we’ve just looking forward to having an amazing time with you.”
Enjoy some of Romain Virgo’s best love songs below to jam out to this week: