Chris Martin, Alkaline, Queen Ifrica, Spice to Ignite Reggae Sumfest
Reggae Sumfest 2017 will end its week-long festival on a high note with an exciting two-night concert at Catherine Hall. For the 25th staging, Night One - Dancehall Night - will feature the 'Champion Boy', Alkaline, along with Spice, the 'Stage Show Boss', who is set to give her fiery brand of performance. Night Two will brew a force of reggae, as patrons will be entertained by the likes of Christopher Martin and the conscious defender, Queen Ifrica.
Josef Bogdanovich of Downsound Entertainment, organisers of Reggae Sumfest, is pleased with the return of Alkaline and Queen Ifrica to the Sumfest stage.
"Queen Ifrica last performed in 2010 and Alkaline at the 2014 staging of the festival and since that time, both have grown professionally. They have further cemented their fan base, who has propelled us to ensure their inclusion in this year's event," explained Bogdanovich.
Alkaline, whose given name is Earlan Bartley, has amassed a huge following since his last appearance on Reggae Sumfest and fans can expect a hardcore performance to include hits such as Spoil You, Ride on Me, Badness It Name and Extra Lesson. Last year, with his New Level Unlocked album, Alkaline became the first dancehall artiste since 2011 to top the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. Since then, the Champion Boy has reaped musical successes and has expanded his entrepreneurial skills with the Vendetta clothing line. The artiste will lead the dancehall charge at this year's event, along with the reigning dancehall princess Spice.
Spice, born Grace Hamilton, will get fans dancing on Night One with her mega-hits So Mi Like It and Indicator, and will continue to promote her new single, Sheet. The hardest working woman in dancehall recently released a remix to the single Indicator, with soca star Bunji Garlin. Spice continues to engage fans with her music, dances and authentic persona, three very powerful aspects of the dancehall culture. Fans can expect a lyrically potent performance from Spice, who recently released a hardcore 'diss' track called Prison Warder, to remind detractors of her power.
After a six-year hiatus, award-winning singer and songwriter Ventrice Morgan, aka 'Queen Ifrica', returns to the Reggae Sumfest stage on Night Two with her message of upliftment and truth. Her third studio album, Climb, became available on March 3 and features the new single, Trueversation, which features Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley. Armed with new material and a resolve to seek justice for women and children, fans can expect a powerful performance riddled with her signature style of confidence and charm.
Also appearing on Night Two is reggae singer Christopher Martin. He continues to gain popularity in Jamaica and other key reggae markets for what he calls "real-life music". Last month, the artiste released his 16-track album, Big Deal, which debuted at number three on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. Martin will give his fans his version of music he calls "sugar reggae".
Reggae Sumfest 2017 kicks off on Sunday, July 16, with a beach party and moves into the Sumfest Sunset Yacht Party on Monday, July 17. The staple All-White Party at Pier 1 happens on Tuesday, July 18, followed by Sumfest Blitz on Wednesday, July 19. On Thursday, July 20, Pier 1 will play host to the exciting Sumfest Heavyweight Clash, then culminates at Catherine Hall on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 with the pulsating rhythms of music and Jamaican culture.
Early-bird tickets and travel packages go on sale exclusively on the official website, www.reggaesumfest.com, in March and patrons can look forward to more updates on the line-up and events for Reggae Sumfest 2017.