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Stitchie, Cocoa Tea, added for Groovin' In The Park

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 3:00 AM

New York City's premier summer concert, Groovin' In The Park, is famous for creating seismic jolts with the superlative quality of artistes announced each year, and this year's event is no exception. CEO and founder of Groovin', Chris Roberts, has announced two blistering additions to the 2015 reggae segment - spell-binding performer and lyrical crafts master Stitchie, and sing-along hit machine Cocoa Tea.

The announcement of these two exciting additions was made on Saturday morning on Groovin' Radio 93.5 FM, and it comes on the heels of another recent announcement that British chart-topper Billy Ocean will perform on this year's show. Stitchie has enjoyed a dazzling career in both dancehall and gospel. He has churned out a barrage of number-one hits, including Wear Yu Size, Natty Dread, Big Broad Hips, Night and Day, Bun It Dung, Dress To Impress and many more, and his electrifying showmanship, alongside his lyrical genius, has brought him rave reviews all over the world - from the dancehalls and church halls of Jamaica to the mega-size concert stadiums of Europe and Japan. He was the first dancehall artiste to be signed by Atlantic Records, and the only dancehall artiste to have been conferred with an honorary doctorate degree.

He was recently named Best Performer, by popular consensus at last year's Rebel Salute concert in Jamaica. Stitchie's hot new single, Dear Dad, is burning up the airwaves both in Jamaica as well as across the United States, and radio listeners as well as dancehall fans can't seem to get enough of this piercing, hard-hitting joint.

Impressive collection

Cocoa Tea, who hails from Rocky Point in Clarendon, has enjoyed an equally dazzling career. He exploded on to the reggae scene in the '80s, and he has delivered an impressive collection of hits, including Rocking Dolly, Lost My Sonia, Rikers Island, She Loves Me Now, Good Life, Tune In, and Who She Love, among many others. With his smooth, silky vocals and his riveting performance style, Cocoa Tea has captivated reggae audiences all over the world, including the United States, Canada, across the Caribbean and in Japan.

"Both Stitchie and Cocoa Tea are icons in reggae music, and both are astonishing performers," Roberts declared. "We are thrilled to welcome both to the stage of Groovin' In The Park this year, and I am sure that both will deliver nothing less than a blistering performance."

Groovin' In The Park takes place on Sunday, June 28 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.