US rapper Common set for Reggae Sumfest 2015
Reggae Sumfest, the greatest reggae show on Earth, has earned the reputation of bringing the biggest and best stars to its stage. On Friday, July 17, 2015, International Night One, the event will see American rapper Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr, headlining the show.
The multifaceted artiste, actor and poet will be a welcomed addition to the show, according to Johnny Gourzong, executive director of Summerfest Productions.
"We are elated to have a performer of the magnitude of Common on the Reggae Sumfest stage. He is a versatile artiste and undoubtedly he will add something very special that our audience will be able to appreciate. He has a unique and vibrant style that will excite patrons," Gourzong said.
Common arrived on the hip-hop scene in the early '90s as Common Sense, a rapper who offered an alternative to the prevailing gangsta fare of contemporaries like Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre. His music was infused with old-school beats, jazz and funk-influenced lyrics that helped kick off an underground hip-hop movement that would gain steam and attract new rappers by the latter part of the decade. Since then, there has been no going back for the rapper. His first Grammy award came in 2003, winning Best R&B Song for Love of My Life with Erykah Badu. In 2005, Be was just as popular and was nominated for best rap album.
Common and John Legend received the Best Original Song Award for their single, Glory, at the 87th staging of the annual Oscars Academy Awards this year. The track is an emotional musical piece about the civil-rights movement, and is the theme song for the movie, Selma.
"Patrons have come to expect only the best at Reggae Sumfest. Common is the first of our announcements on this year's line-up. I would say we are off to a great start," Gourzong declared.
The event is set to be held at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay from Sunday, July 12 to Saturday, July 18 in association with sponsors Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets, The Gleaner, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, Red Stripe, and Red Bull.