Alfie, 12, off to US to open shows for music superstar
Alfie Haile with Lauryn Hill
HE may be only 12 years old but Alfie Haile is already making waves – and some very famous friends – in the music world.
Alfie, who lives in Bromley Heath, has been asked to perform for American superstar Lauryn Hill after meeting her backstage at a music festival.
He is set to perform with musicians from Spain to Jamaica and the US, has just signed a contract for an agency for film, and TV work, and has been modelling for fashion brand Stone Island.
The Winterbourne Academy pupil met singer and rapper Hill after being invited backstage at the Boomtown Fair in Hampshire by the front man of UK reggae legends UB40, Ali Campbell.
Alfie's dad Matt said Campbell had asked Alfie to sing in a few shows and when Hill heard him singing she "could hear the reggae in his voice".
Alfie met up with Hill again when she came to Bristol to play the Downs Festival at the end of August and was invited to the singer's hotel.
Matt said: "She said 'have you been to America' and when Alfie said no, she said 'you will, because I'd like you to open a couple of shows for me'."
Alfie has set up his own record label and in the coming months he is set to record with Spanish singer Morodo and Jamaican artist Vershon.
He has also been in contact with Jamaican-American producer and singer Sean Kingston, who has previously worked with Justin Bieber.
Matt joked: "I think he could be the next person from Bromley Heath after Bananarama to make it in the music business!"
Musical talent does run in the family, as Matt's dad played drums for the likes of Cat Stevens and Georgie Fame.
Matt said: "Alfie's always been around music, and reggae is the music he has been brought up on and loves."
Alfie is also a talented boxer, and is the National Schoolboy champion in the 38kg division. He was trained by the late Enzo Calzaghe and also knew the late Bristol boxer Dean Francis and while helping at a fundraising event two years ago as Francis fought terminal cancer, Alfie was invited on stage by Jamaican reggae artist Troy Ellis to sing. A video of Alfie singing in the back of Matt's car also went viral.
The attention he was getting led to a link-up with reggae artist Fuchaman and a song they recorded together, So Much Love, reached number 3 in the iTunes reggae charts last year.