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.
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 Sanchez, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Assassin, Mr. Vegas, Aidonia, Bugle, Nature, Spice and Alkaline, to complement the headliners, Wiz Khalifa and Tessanne Chin, 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