Come July 18 there will be an all star cast of internationally acclaimed Jamaican heavyweights on International Night I at Reggae Sumfest set to take place at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay. Among the early names announced are Chronixx, Jah Cure and Beenie Man, tried and proven crowd pleasers all armed with their own styles and sounds. Although not new to the Sumfest stage these artistes always manage to bring ‘something new’ to their set winning over their fans time and time again.
Singer Chronixx who topped the Reggae Billboard Chart with his latest EP Dread and Terrible released last month, has been blazing a trail in the Caribbean and seems to be almost everywhere these days. His pleasing voice, entertaining stage delivery and often time wisecracks at the system are just the right combinations to keep the crowd going.
Jah Cure who is right at home on the Sumfest stage knows just how to get into the crowd’s psyche as he works up a sweat. With favourites such as Unconditional Love, To Your Arms With Love and From My Heart he should have no problem making that connection. Known for his ‘on stage surprises’ and other impromptu thrills it is left to be seen what this year’s performance will unfold. With songs such as That Girl and Wake Up already permeating the airways and receiving rave reviews from listeners, the singer has been keeping himself active on the Caribbean circuit with his last being a blistering set in Barbados with Tobago, Belize and Costa Rica on the horizon.
Dubbed the Girls Them Sugar, Doctor Moses ‘Beenie Man’ Davis is set to close International Night 1 in his customary fine style. No matter how many performances, the doctor always injects his ‘patients’ with sweet medicine. With his wiry frame he delivers some fancy footwork, complemented by his lethal lyrics, Beenie Man will no doubt keep his fans in frenzy.
Beenie Man comes to the Reggae Sumfest stage armed with being crowned with the Outstanding Achievement In Music award at the Linkage Awards in the United States. He also released his Greatest Gallis EP last month featuring the lead singles I Know and Greatest Gallis with Sean Paul.
Busy Signal, Freddie McGregor, Sanchez Big Names Return to Reggae Sumfest
Kingston, Jamaica; The 22nd staging of the ‘Greatest Reggae Show on Earth’ will be buzzing with some of Reggae’s biggest names. The long awaited return of Busy Signal to the Sumfest stage is set to complement the comeback of other performers and legends in their own right, Sanchez and Freddie McGregor. Reggae Sumfest is set to get underway from July 13 – 19 with stage shows Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.
Busy will be making his first appearance on the festival since 2009 and comes in on the back of his platinum single Bumaye with Major Lazer. Bumaye was featured on Pepsi International’s recent global advertising campaign which also showcased football superstar Lionel Messi. The artiste has recently completed a tour of East Africa, notably Uganda. Fans can expect the usual energetic Busy Signal as he delivers hard hitting lyrics to songs such as Step Out, Jail, Wine Pon Di Edge and Not Going Down. The versatile deejay, can also soothe with his lyrical delivery on songs such as One More Night and the recent reggae hit Come Over (Miss You). Busy will perform on Thursday July 17 as part of Dancehall Night.
The Big Ship Captain, singer, musician and producer, Freddie McGregor, is also set to grace the Reggae Sumfest stage with hits from his innumerable catalogue on International Night II. McGregor launched his career in music at the age of seven in the 1960s when he first recorded for Studio One Label. Since then he has coined mega hits such as Big Ship, Push Come to Shove, Bobby Bobylon and Brotherman.
McGregor, in speaking about his performance said patrons can expect his old hits complimented with surprise performances. “My performance will be a uniquely special one at the closing of the event. The members of Big Ship, Chino, Stephen and Yeshemabeth, the band itself, my backing vocals and I are coming with full force. There’ll also be a special guest performance for the night,” McGregor said.
Kevin Jackson aka Sanchez will hit the Reggae Sumfest stage this year after a nine year absence. Sanchez since his emergence has grown as one of the treasured vocalists from the shores of Jamaica and possesses a massive collection of perennial hits such as Never Dis The Man, Frenzy and I Can’t Wait (You Say You Love Me). Sanchez will make his return to the stage on International Night II, Saturday July 19th. In the meantime, enjoy the video for his latest single Him Buy Yu A Drink.
Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 13 – 19 with a Beach Party on Sunday at Aquasol Beach, the All White Party on Tuesday at Pier 1 and stage shows from Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall. The festival will feature some of the greatest local and international performers. With the recent announcement of Assassin, Mr. Vegas, Spice, Alkaline and the return of Busy Signal to complement the headliners, Tessanne Chin, Sanchez and Wiz Khalifa, anticipation is already frenetic for the 22nd staging of the show. Sponsors for this year’s festival include, Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, Gleaner and Irie FM