Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'When I Was Little I Wanted to Be a Rasta James Bond' NOW AND THEN

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'When I Was Little I Wanted to Be a Rasta James Bond' NOW AND THEN

Article excerpt

LEROY Peters is a singer and musician who lives in Stockton. Originally from St Lucia, Leroy moved to the UK with his family when he was six years old.

During his teens, he studied Performing Arts at Stockton College and has since forged a successful career touring with Zion - a tribute to Bob Marley.

What's your first memory? The sea and the sun were my best friends as a child. I played in the best land for a child, totally tropical.

What were you like as a child? I was a quiet, introspective child but my love of music and performing helped me out of my shell.

What childhood games did you play? Football, and chasing girls over and over again!

What music did you like and what was the first record you bought? In St Lucia we didn't have a lot of money so it was mainly listening to the sound systems in Britain. I bought ska music - The Selecter or maybe Madness? Did you have a family pet? My family had a fer de lance snake, very deadly but a native of St Lucia. When I came to England I used to feed the birds.

Were your school days the best days of your life? No. I flourished studying at Stockton College. Performing Arts was where I felt totally comfortable. I knew this was me, what I was born for.

Were you ever bullied? I have faced racial abuse in my life but nothing that has ever diverted me from my aims and goals. Being strong is a thing a migrant to this country learns and I have always taken far more positivity than negativity from people.

What were your favourite TV programmes? Bagpuss was my inspiration as a youth, and later Thundercats, but I love watching Rastamouse at the moment. I think it is a good to show, children of all ages learning differing cultures.

What did you want to do when you grew up? When I was little I wanted to be a rasta James Bond, but once I found my voice, my passion was music, singing and drama.

How did you spend your weekends? In St Lucia, my dad Bill would take me to the lush rainforests or the sandy beaches, although we were poor, so was everyone else so we had very little knowledge of jealousy. It was a very simple time, we ran to a different clock. …

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