Summerfest Productions, promoters of Reggae Sumfest, has confirmed Siccature Alcock - popularly known as Jah Cure, as the grand finale act on International Night 1, Friday, July 26.
Executive producer of Reggae Sumfest, Johnny Gourzong, said choosing Jah Cure as a closing act was a no-brainer. "Jah Cure has the right flavour, expertise, stage performance and a crowd-stopping voice to grace the stage as the final act," he said.
Not at all daunted by the task of being the closing act, Jah Cure is preparing for what might turn out be his best performance yet. He will be following acts such as American hip-hop star Flo Rida, veterans Beres Hammond and Barrington Levy, reggae superstar Tarrus Riley, and relative newcomers Iba Mahr, Droop Lion, urban jazz singer Kiara Dubwah, and Nature.
The soulful Jah Cure, who is widely recognised for hit songs such as Call On Me, Unconditional Love, That Girl and Longing For, last performed on the Sumfest main stage in 2011. Hailing from western Jamaica, he has a large following of fans eagerly awaiting his performance next Friday at Catherine Hall in the Second City.
Unconditional Love, featuring Phyllisia, recently passed the impressive threshold of over five million hits on YouTube.
According to the singer, he is honoured to wind up International Night 1 for such an acclaimed reggae festival and has big plans in store for his fans. "I am closing the Friday night and that is a chance for me to cement my status as one of the leaders of reggae in the 21st century. I am coming to work for the patrons at Sumfest and I have a wonderful set lined up," he said.
Another show-stopper added to the festival on Dancehall Night is I-Wayne, a consummate performer who is a rare treat who will add a touch of fire to the explosive performances on Thursday, July 25. Being very familiar with the Reggae Sumfest platform, the singer is eagerly anticipating he will add a touch of culture to Dancehall Night, with his hits such as Living in Love and Can't Satisfy Her.
Reggae Sumfest toasts to a successful 21 years from July 21-27, 2013. A few of the heavyweights performing on the festival this year are Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Miguel, reggae artistes Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley, Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Romain Virgo, Chronixx and Life Seeds singer I-Wayne, who has been added to the Dancehall Night line-up.
The 2013 staging of Reggae Sumfest is sponsored by Digicel, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Jamaica Tourist Board, The Gleaner Company Ltd, Secrets Resorts, Red Stripe, Pepsi, Ting, Grand Palladium, Half Moon, Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Sunset Beach Resort, RIU, and Sandals Resorts International.
For more information on the festival and ticket details, visit www.reggaesumfest.com.
It's not just about bringing reggae back to prominence or filling the gap for local stage shows, it's about charity.
The organisers of Reggae to Reggae, a first-time event, not only want to strengthen Jamaica's musical culture, but empower the country's citizens.
"Reggae music is about peace, love, unity, and kindness, and so if we are going to bring that culture to Portland and market it, we must do so the right way so that the people can feel the legitimacy of the promoters and the spirit of reggae music. Reggae music preaches love and kindness, and we are essentially practising what we preach," said Theresa Smalls, Reggae to Reggae's publicist.
Reggae to Reggae will be held at the Carder Park Complex, Port Antonio, Portland, tonight and will feature performances from more than 40 reggae artistes.
According to Smalls, the majority of the acts billed for the show are offering their services at reduced rates in order to facilitate the development of reggae music in Portland.
"The artistes on-board genuinely want to see reggae music return to its former glory, and as such, they have partnered with Valgen Entertainment, Youngster Productions, and Conscious Productions to give world-class entertainment to the Portland people. At the same time, they understand that this is a first-time event and we want to make a statement. With that mutual understanding, they are playing their part, and we are very appreciative of that. This is why it is imperative that we spread the love by contributing to charity because good influences good," Smalls said.
The charity will cater to select individuals or institutions, following the potentially successful stage show. Valgen Entertainment, Youngster Productions, and Conscious Productions are currently doing on-the-ground research to ascertain who or what institutions best qualify to benefit from the charity.
The Reggae to Reggae stageshow starts at 8 p.m. Artistes billed to perform include Jah Cure, I-Wayne, Sizzla, KipRich, Junior Reid, Ninja Man, Louie Culture, Ken Boothe, Fantan Mojah, Natty King, Duane Stephenson, Delus, Lutan Fyah, Nitty Kutchie, and Ghost.
International reggae artiste, Jah Cure, went on trial on Wednesday on drug possession charges.
The singer, whose real name is Siccaturie Alcock, was charged last April by the Constant Spring Police after ganja was reportedly found in his motor vehicle.
The cops say they found a small quantity of ganja in the singer's BMW motor car during a spot check along Dunrobin Avenue in St Andrew.
The singer was reportedly seen overtaking 11 vehicles in a line of traffic, when he was stopped by the police.