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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival to sizzle in New York

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney
Dexta Daps
Bunji Garlin
Third World in concert.

With a slew of hit songs blazing the airwaves, rising star Dexta Daps is expected to drive music lovers in a frenzy when he romps on stage at the sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

"We are very excited to welcome Dexta Daps to the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Queens," said festival director Abdul Mushin, who scouts the best talent to ensure that patrons leave satisfied.

"Dexta was the breakout artiste for 2015 and since then, he has been consistently putting out great material. He is an excellent performer and he has a strong fan base in the Tri-State Area, where he once lived. He appeals to the 18 to 34-year-old demographic, which we are seeking to attract," Mushin noted.




The singjay announced his presence to the music world two years ago with the dancehall anthem, 7eleven, which became a staple on reggae charts globally. His current hit song, Shabba Madda Pot - an ode to the mother of dancehall emperor Shabba Ranks - is burning up the airwaves in the Tri-State Area.

Joining Dexta Daps on the main stage are Third World, Gyptian, Bunji Garlin, Ikaya, Fay Ann Lyons and comedian Pretty Boy Floyd.

Aside from the sizzling entertainment that will unfold on the main stage, patrons attending the festival will get an opportunity to see top chefs and celebrities show off their cooking skills in the Jerk Cook-off and Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge. Food Network's 2016 Chopped champion, Andre Fowles, is one of the celebrity chefs already confirmed to make an appearance and showcase one of his tasty creations. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph will also make an appearance in the cook-off.