Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley, Ginuwine, Tank, 112… In JA June 26 to 28

AMERICAN R&B singer Keith Sweat is bringing the celebrations for his 25 years in the music industry to Jamaica.

Sweat Fest is scheduled for June 26 to 28 in the tourist capital of Montego Bay, St James.

According to the singer’s website, the three-day festival is set to have its official launch in Jamaica on May 4.

“Sweat Fest has been a dream of mine for some time and I’m excited to share this incredible celebration of music, love and laughter with R&B fans in a beautiful location like Jamaica. We’re going to make this an unforgettable weekend,” he was quoted as saying.

The festival will feature a strong line-up of acts which includes Teddy Riley, Ginuwine, Tank, the quartet 112, girl group SWV, Raheem Devaughn, Pleasure P, Kut Close as well as the groups Silk and Dru Hill who, along with Sweat, performed here in last October at the inaugural staging of the two-day music festival Soul in the Sun.

“It’ll be a weekend filled with love and laughter with nightly events,” said Sweat.

The festival will kick off with a black tie comedy roast at the Secrets Resort. The following day will be the major event, the Sweat Fest concert, at The Aqueduct in Rosehall, while the weekend closes out with an exclusive listening party for Sweat’s new album Dressed to Impress at Seawind Beach Club.

The singer said the final evening will give patrons an opportunity to mingle with him and his friends.

Keith Sweat (given name Keith Crier) is an innovator of the New Jack Swing, which is a fusion of rhythms, samples, and production techniques of hip-hop and dance-pop with the urban contemporary sound of R&B.

In 1987, Sweat released his debut solo studio album Make It Last Forever, which sold three million copies.

He is known for hits including Twisted and Nobody.

He was part of R&B group LSG which also feature Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill.

Keith Sweat also discovered several groups including Silk, Kut Klose and Ol’ Skool.

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