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Sean Paul returns after 10-year Sumfest absence

Published:Sunday | May 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Armed with a selection of hit singles and albums, backed by numerous awards and a reputation for energetic performances, international dancehall icon Sean Paul is ready for Reggae Sumfest 2014.

Over the decades Reggae Sumfest has featured its fair share of international superstars including Usher, Chris Brown, Flo Rida, Miguel and Ne-Yo and will now once again present Jamaica's own multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning international reggae star Sean Paul.

The artiste's social media pages came alive with the announcement on Friday when the artiste posted a video declaring that he will be back on the festival. This will mark the first time in a decade that Sean Paul is performing on the Sumfest stage.

Sean Paul will perform on International Night 2, Saturday, July 19.

"I'll be bringing the love the world has shown for reggae music home," Sean Paul said of his performance.


The Got 2 Luv U singer will be backed by his Badda Banz band.

"In discussion with his team, it has been agreed that Sean Paul will be accompanied by his band, his dancers, effects and a few surprises that I am not at liberty to reveal. Sean Paul will put on a show!" teased Summerfest Productions executive director, Johnny Gourzong.

"In between the Full Frequency Europe tour and some other shows, we are rehearsing intensely in preparation for Reggae Sumfest," said Sean Paul's musical director and brother, Jason 'Jigzagular' Henriques.

"There is no stage like home," said Sean Paul.

"I've toured the world, but Jamaica is still my favourite place to be."

Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 13-19 with a Beach Party on Sunday, July 13 at Aquasol Beach, the All White Party on Tuesday, July 15, at Pier 1 and stage shows from Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall.

The festival will feature some of the greatest local and international performers like Freddie McGregor, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Assassin, Mr. Vegas, Aidonia, Bugle, Nature, Spice, Alkaline and Zvuloon Dub System, to complement the headliners, Wiz Khalifa and Tessanne Chin.

Sponsors for this year's festival include, Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets Resorts and Spa, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, The Gleaner Company Ltd, and more.