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Strong line-up Startime in Clarendon

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2016 | 12:42 PM
Derrick Morgan
Errol Dunkley
Freddie McGregor
Leroy Sibbles
Marcia Griffiths

The Original Startime, which was launched 27 years ago with the mission to keep Jamaica's musical heritage alive, has returned after a three-year break. Startime, which has also established itself as one of Jamaica's most highly rated entertainment events, left the scene in 2006 after 18 consecutive years and over 140 concerts, then made a triumphant return with two successful concerts in 2013.

Public pressure for the show's return was so strong that the promoters had no alternative but to respond an put Startime back into production. Earlier this year, the series returned with a spectacular staging at Mas Camp, St Andrew, on January 9. Headlined by reggae queen Marcia Griffiths, the concert unfolded before a full house.

Now, the musical tapestry will be on show once again on Saturday, July 2, at the Juici Patties Clarendon Park location in Toll Gate, Clarendon, when Juici Patties will present the Original Startime featuring a stellar line-up of ska, rocksteady and reggae superstars. The concert is being presented in association with Kool 97FM, The Jamaica Observer, Sparkles Productions, Onstage TV, Irie FM, Singer, Seals & Engravables, Devon Bourne's Rubis, CPTC, A&E Ambulance Services, Securipro (which will provide security) and Interlinc Communications, host of the website.


Knutsford Express will be providing bus service from all their locations across Jamaica to patrons who do not wish to drive to the event.

The line-up includes Queen Marcia Griffiths, Leroy 'Heptones' Sibbles (both celebrating 52 years of recording and performing) classic Jamaican music, Frankie Paul (who will be flying in from Gambia, where he now resides), Horace Andy, Errol Dunkley, the Mighty Diamonds (celebrating 47 years together as a group), Johnny Clarke and DJ Dillinger.

This remarkable line-up above will be joined by the 'Clarendon Connection' of Freddie McGregor, King of Ska Derrick Morgan, and the 1960s hit-making duo The Clarendonians comprising original members Peter Austin and Ernest Wilson. They are all Clarendon natives returning to the place of their roots.

All these artistes will be backed by Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, while Tommy Cowan will provide MC duties.