One of the most respected artistes in Jamaica’s musical history, Barrington Levy is confirmed for Reggae Sumfest 2013 slated for Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 27 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay.
Singer Barrington Levy, the acclaimed 'Canary' of dancehall music, has not put on a full performance in Jamaica for some time. He is regarded as one of the great hit makers in the annals of reggae. Levy will perform at the event dubbed ‘the Greatest Reggae Show On Earth’ on Friday, July 26, International Night 1. “I am looking forward to this performance in Jamaica, my four –piece band and I, gonna come and rock the house for International Night”, says Barrington Levy.
His career began in the early 70’s at only 15 years old, recording hits like Collie Weed, Shine Eye Gal, and Skylarking. These songs blossomed from fruitful partnerships Levy formed at Kingston's Channel One studio with producers Henry 'Junjo' Lawes and Hyman 'Jah Life' Wright, and the Roots Radics Band.
Levy's hit run continued throughout the next two decades with a flurry of chart-riding songs including Murderer, Prison Oval Rock, 21 Girl Salute and the Herbman Anthem, not to mention Under Mi Sensi recorded in 2000.
Johnny Gourzong, Executive Director of Summerfest Productions, organizers of Sumfest says, “Barrington Levy is a special artiste and it’s been several years since he has performed on Sumfest and a little while since he did a full performance in Jamaica. It is a privilege and an honour to be presenting him on the Festival this year. We are looking forward to an amazing performance filled with some of Levy’s greatest hits and some new music as well.”
Known for his sold out and energetic performances around the world, his dynamic stage performances have wowed audiences from Tokyo to Tel Aviv. In the past year Levy has performed to packed venues in Japan, Trinidad, Columbia, Jerusalem St. Lucia also North America where he is currently on tour until the end of June.
“I’m very excited to take Jamaica down memory lane with the popular hits and some new songs and maybe even some collaboration. So my fans must come out, bring them queen and leave them machine, dress and come clean”, the enchanting Barrington Levy encouraged. He returns to the stage with a vengeance and a catalogue like none other, after more than three decades in the industry and over twenty-six albums, Levy remains relevant and is still a hit with many audiences both locally and overseas. He boasts a slew of legendary collaborations including Living Dangerously with Jamaica’s prolific Deejay Bounty Killer, Times Hard with Jadakiss, Gangsters featuring VybzKartel and Khago, Boadway featuring Shaggy and most recently The Way She Love Me featuring Mr. Vegas where Barington Levy showcases a little deejay style.
Reggae Sumfest celebrates 21 years with the return of Levy, along with several outstanding acts. Flo Rida, International Hip-Hop star, also joins the line up for Friday, July 26. Friday’s lineup is rounded out with Jamaica’s, reggae legend Beres Hammond and melody maker Tarrus Riley. Young reggae artistes Nature, Iba Mahr, Droop Lion and British singer Kiarah Dubwah are set to create history as with explosive performances.
International Night 2 Saturday, July 27 unleashes the highly anticipated international sensation Miguel, who will share the stage with Damian Jr.Gong Marley and the Ghetto Youths Int’l Crew, Romain Virgo, Chronixx, No-Maddz, Chalice and young girl trio from New York the Love Jones Girlz.
Reggae Sumfest is an incredible fusion of music, art and craft food and culture, culminating in a supercharged weekend of unforgettable moments. Since the birth of the Festival 21 years ago, the event has experienced a steady growth, seeing more patrons each year turning out for a piece of the unbelievable Sumfest experience. Catherine Hall, Montego Bay comes alive on Sunday, July 21with the Beach party and continues on Thursday, July 25 Dancehall Night and then International Nights 1 and 2 from July 26 to 27. The event has received great support form sponsored by Digicel, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Secrets Resorts, Red Stripe, Pepsi and Courts, Grand Palladum, Half Moon, Holiday Inn and Round Hill Hotel.