Superjam return buoyed by Busy
Sizzla Kalonji, Lady Saw and Christopher Martin are big enough names in dancehall to pull a crowd to any venue.
Superjam, an annual event held by Pulse boss Kingsley Cooper, has been rejuvenated and has such a line-up.
To add to the interest, Cooper announced recently that he had enlisted the services of Busy Signal.
After his incarceration, there were many who waited to see if the dancehall superstar had undone all the good work he had produced over the last 10 years.
At Sting on the weekend, he proved, without a shadow, of a doubt, that he hadn't.
Now he will be attracting audiences who would not have braved the Sting crowd with all its wonderful and at the same time horrifying controversy to witness him.
PULS8, formerly Studio 38, will be the home for Superjam, which will also have Chronixx as part of the line-up.
Chronixx, though showing that he has some growth to do with his voice, also gave a mature performance at Sting and at the smaller PULS8 venue, should be riveting, just as he was during the Heineken Behind The Screen Series earlier this year.
"We are delighted to confirm that the talented and highly sought- after Busy Signal will grace the stage at Superjam 2013," said Pulse's director of Sales and Marketing, Safia Cooper, when she had made the announcement earlier this week.
Busy Signal will have good company and the event will not have to compete with the bevy of all-inclusive shindigs set for today, tomorrow and Tuesday.
"This will be only his second appearance in a long time and his first for the new year. We are very excited."
Since his return to the island, Busy has been in high demand and has signed on with Pulse to perform at the return of the historic concert series.
"It's very fitting to have Busy on the line-up for Superjam 2013. He himself is making a comeback after his time away and he fits the "best of the best" Superjam concept," said Cooper.
In announcing the return of Superjam last week, Pulse chairman Kingsley Cooper said, "We believe that this is the best time to bring Superjam back. We have, therefore, booked some of today's top artistes for a show that reflects the best of what's currently happening in Jamaican music."
Superjam began in 1982, featuring the clash of the big uptown bands then - Third World and Chalice.
Called Reggae Superjam in the early years, the event went on to become one of the great concert series featuring Jamaican music. The event saw such success that it was transformed from a one-night show to a three-day festival.
The Superjam line-up over the years is a virtual who's who of Jamaican music and includes Dennis Brown, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru, The Skatalites, Third World, Gregory Isaacs, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Damian Marley, Beenie Man and Beres Hammond, all at the top of their game.
It was at Superjam in 1983 that Peter Tosh performed his last-ever concert, also at the peak of his career
Tickets are on sale at Pulse and PULS8, 38A Trafalgar Road, Mall Pharmacy, Portmore Mall and the Wyndham Kingston hotel. Presold tickets are $2,500 general, $4,500 VIP (drink inclusive). At the door, tickets will cost $3,000 general and $5,000 VIP. fifty sky-deck tickets, located directly above the stage (premium bar inclusive), are available on request.