Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Chalice and The Other Side of Moses Davis will add a tasty mix of sweet reggae to the 2014 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival between tomorrow and Saturday at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium in Greenfield, Trelawny.
The Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths, will celebrate her 50th anniversary in the music industry with a special performance tomorrow. Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Freddie McGregor, Tony Gregory and Chris Martin will also make appearances during the Golden Jubilee celebration of Griffiths' career.
Griffiths, known for her smooth delivery and effervescent performances, was a member of the all-female trio the I-Threes, which did their own recordings and performance as well as harmony for Bob Marley & the Wailers.
Advocate of the Reggae Revival, Chronixx, is also slated to deliver onstage at this year's Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Chronixx has fast risen to the forefront of reggae music with a string of popular songs, including Smile Jamaica, Behind Curtain, Odd Ras and They Don't Know.
Chronixx has steadily improved his craft and, among his more recent well-known songs, are Here Comes Trouble and Me Alright, the latter recorded with Kabaka Pyramid.
One of Jamaica's finest dancehall performers, Beenie Man, will be showcased through an entirely different lens, as the Grammy Award-winning deejay will be performing under the theme 'The Other Side of Moses Davis'.
The 2014 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival's star-studded line-up includes Chaka Khan, Chrisette Michele, Mary Wilson and Crystal Gayle. Other acts include Joe, the silky smooth Beres Hammond and Protoje who, all together, will combine for a diverse set of performances.
The festival is sponsored by The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Consumer Brands Ltd. Seaboard Marine, Knutsford Express, Jamaica Observer, Courts and Intelligent Multimedia.
REGGAE singer Beres Hammond will be one of the featured acts at this year's staging of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival to be held at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on January 30 to February 1, 2014.
Hammond, 60, is one of five nominees for the Best Reggae Album category at the 56th annual Grammy Awards scheduled for January 26 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
The nomination of One Love, One Life is Hammond's second. The first was for his 2001 effort Music is Life.
In October, the St Mary-born singer was bestowed Jamaica's fourth-highest honour — the Order of Jamaica — by the Government for "his exceptional and dedicated contribution to the music industry".
Hammond has been recording since the early 1970s. Though he first came to prominence as lead singer for the Zap Pow band and as a solo balladeer with producer Willie Lindo during that decade, it was not until the 1980s when he embraced the emerging dancehall sound that he broke through in a big way.
The Lindo-produced What One Dance Can Do revived his career in the mid-1980s. By the next decade, Hammond was a bona fide star, recording countless hit songs for producers like Donovan Germain, head of Penthouse Records.
Germain's hits with Hammond include Tempted To Touch and Pull up The Vibes.
An international cast of American singers is assembled for the 18th staging of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. They include Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton, Aaron Neville, Crystal Gayle, Chrisette Michele and Joe.