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Cali P takes reggae festival to Switzerland

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Cali P

Nicholas Kellyman, Gleaner Intern

International reggae artiste Cali P will be hosting Royal Reggae Festival this summer on August 3 at Escherwyss Club in Zurich, Switzerland.

Cali P explained that the impetus for the creation of the festival was the lack of stage shows in Europe which provide fans with a wide range of reggae acts all in one night.

"Inna Jamaica, when a artiste do him thing, is a natural thing weh you have nuff artiste pan a show and all a that but, yuh see inna Europe, it is really different; concerts contain one artiste, maximum two artistes and that is a show," he said.

"Right now, me change the thing over there and build a festival inna one night weh have over 10 artistes performing."

The show will be headlined by Cali P and gold-selling Swiss artiste Phenomden.

The line-up, backed by Germany's SoulFire Band, will also include artistes such as Cookie the Herbalist, Collie Herb, Andrew Robinson and others.

This is not the first time Cali P has embarked upon a venture of this nature.

"The Royal Reggae Festival is a festival that I built before I came to live in Jamaica, like I would say, like even seven years ago was the first one wi did keep, and then wi kept a second one, and now we lively it back up again," he said.

The Switzerland-born artiste, who is based in Jamaica, recently returned to the island after performing at two shows in Panama. Additionally, Cali P used the visit to shoot the video for his single Si No Hay Amor with Panamanian artiste, I-Nesta, which he says is getting a lot of airplay on Panama.

"Because of the combination of English, Patois and Spanish, is like it really touch the people them," Cali P told The Sunday Gleaner.

The artiste is putting the finishing touches on his new album musiCALI-sPeaKING, which will be produced by Bobby Digital.

"Right now, my album is in the process of mixing," he revealed.

The artiste, who cites Bob Marley, Sizzla Kalonji, Buju Banton among other reggae greats as his musical influences growing up, hopes to release the album before the end of the year.

He has been working on that album for the past three years and regards it very highly.

"Is the strongest project I ever work pan."