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Compelling Startime Lineup for January 9

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Marcia Griffiths
Leroy Sibbles

Among the most interesting happenings in the evolution of Jamaica's music has been the smooth transition from one era to the other, and the way the eras have fed off each other, ultimately producing their own distinctive sound.

It is equally interesting to note that despite all the changes that have taken place over the years, each era is still able to hold its own and any vintage session held today presents the fans with music that can range from ska through rocksteady and reggae, all the way to dancehall.

Jamaica's premier vintage stage show, Startime, has, over the past 27 years, played the lead role in keeping our musical history up-to-date and our musical pioneers in the spotlight.

This musical tapestry will be on show once again in all its glory, while launching a brand new year, come Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Mas Camp, when the highly rated, world-famous original Startime returns after a two-year break, with another awesome line-up of rocksteady and reggae stars, presented in association with headline sponsors Monymusk Plantation Rums.

These two leading musical genres will be spotlighted as the cast represents some of the finest exponents to have graced the Jamaican musical stage over the past 50 years.

Stamping their class on another historic Startime event will be the first lady of reggae, Queen Marcia Griffiths and Leroy 'Heptones' Sibbles, both celebrating an incredible 51 and 49 years respectively, of recording and performing.

DJ star from the 80s, Frankie Paul, Horace Andy, Errol Dunkley, the Mighty Diamonds (celebrating 47 years together as a group), '70s hit machine Johnny Clarke and '70s ace DJ Dillinger (making his very first Startime appearance) will all be backed by the Startime Orchestra - Lloyd Parks and We The People Band.