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Legend, the favourite

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Barbadians have played a big part in the decision to bring Grammy Award winner John Legend to these shores.
When asked in an informal survey who they would most want to see perform here in Barbados, the man who many were calling for was the Legend.
Deryck Walcott, one of the producers behind the venture said that over two years ago, he conducted an informal survey, asking people which entertainer they would want to see on stage in Barbados.
“So many people were telling me John Legend and that’s when I realized how people really felt about this entertainer. My gut had also told me that if there was any artist that I would bring here it would be John Legend. It really was a no-brainer for me,” he said.
Deryck Walcott Productions and The Plantation Theatre Productions have teamed up to bring Legend to Barbados for a show on May 10 at the gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Complex.
Walcott, who has a double major in music business management, music production and engineering from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, said it took two years to book the busy entertainer.
“I have been in negotiations with his agent for over two years. We were back and forth and came close to signing off a couple of times,” he said.
Walcott said scheduling was always the challenge.
But then he struck gold.
Legend’s upcoming performance at St Lucia’s Jazz Festival, geographically placed him closer to Barbados, making the show more of a reality.
Walcott said ten days ago the deposit was paid in and the deal was sealed.
Now, all systems are go and the local promoters are preparing for a sold out crowd.
“So far we have been getting some good feedback. There is a serious buzz about this concert and we are excited about it,” said Walcott, who is also the man behind the annual  Christmas Jazz.
He said those looking  forward to the musical treat from Legend will be able to get their tickets for the show from as early as this week.
Legend is known for hits like Ordinary People, So High and recently, Wake Up Everybody, a hit with The Roots.
carolmartindale@nationnews.com

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