Thursday, July 11, 2013

Young artistes power up for Sumfest stage

 MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica: In just a few weeks, some young faces will be gracing the Reggae Sumfest stage, some for the first time. 

For this 21st staging from July 25 to 27, not only will the thousands of patrons at Catherine Hall get to see veterans Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Lady Saw, but will see some of the newer acts in reggae and dancehall. With a line-up, which includes Chronixx, Iba Mahr, Nature, Droop Lion, Kiarah Dubwah, and performing arts/dub group No-Maddz, the reggae faithfuls are definitely in for a treat. 

Last year Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley commanded the stage with an electrifying performance and this year he will return with Ghetto Youths International, a record label founded by the Marley Brothers Stephen, Julian and Damian Marley, on International Night 2. 

Earlier this year, the label released a star-studded album, Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop – Volume 1, which featured tracks from the brothers, other mainstream acts as well as the talents signed to Ghetto Youths International. Collaborations and solo tracks from Wayne Marshall, Jah Cure, Bugle, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Black Am I, Christopher Ellis, Aidonia, Akon, Tarrus Riley, TOK and Jo Mersa (Stephen Marley’s son), Daniel ‘Bambaataa’ Marley (Ziggy Marley’s son) were on the album. 

Capping off a great breakout year, Chronixx is set to take the stage on International Night 2, headlined by international artiste Miguel. 

With hits such as Warrior, Behind Curtain, Start A Fire, Beat And A Mic and Odd Ras, Chronixx is sure to pull a large number of young reggae fans to the festival at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. Kiarah Du'bwah at 17 years old aims to show off her urban jazz style to Jamaica. Last year she collaborated with Busy Signal for Love Is In The Air and led her to performing on Western Consciousness in January. Up-and-coming dancehall acts Baby Tash, who won the inaugural Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall in 2008 and Blade, who recently broke away from the successful Montego Bay-based group Merital Family, are also looking to break out the festival.

Tattoo-eyed Alkaline and the vibrant QQ, who has been making a come-back since hitting the dancehall scene as a child, will bring their hard-core dancehall energy to the stage. 

Without a doubt, reggae saw a resurgence in the mainstream in 2012 and Sumfest aims to showcase most of the fresh faces. Iba Mahr, Droop Lion and Nature are also looking to impress. The three have all been in the music industry for some time, but are now making moves to become household names.

 Other acts on the show are Macka Diamond, RDX, Spice, Tommy Lee, Kiprich, Popcaan, Tarrus Riley, Bugle, Assassin, Aidonia, Romain Virgo, Jah Cure, Nature, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and I Octane.

Reggae Sumfest kicks off with the beach party on Sunday, July 21 at Aquasol Theme Park, an All White Beach Party on Tuesday, July 23 at Pier One and then moves into Dancehall Night set for Thursday, July 25 and international Night 1 and 2 July 26-27. The 2013 Sumfest line-up includes a host of other must see local artistes along with international headliners Miguel and Flo Rida. The 2013 staging of Reggae Sumfest is sponsored by Digicel, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Jamaica Tourist Board, the Gleaner, Secrets Resorts, Red Stripe, Pepsi, Ting, Grand Palladium, Half Moon, Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Sunset Beach Resort, RIU and Sandals Resorts International.

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