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Shinehead, Kingston 12 Hi Fi return to Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2022 | 12:08 AM

Music giant Shinehead and his Kingston 12 Hi Fi sound system are returning to Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley’s Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise (WTJRC) after a three-year pandemic-driven hiatus.

The LA-based artiste and Kingston 12 Hi Fi sound system with partner DJ Papalotl (Buttahfly) are ready to rock the seventh instalment of the popular cruise with unprecedented music, entertainment and all around vibes. They are thrilled to return to the bubbling and musically-charged atmosphere of WTJRC, as they have performed on the cruise since its inception in 2014.

Anyone who has taken in the infectious sets of Kingston 12 Hi Fi over the years understands how easy it is to indulge in their classic reggae and dancehall selections, rare grooves and seamlessly curated dub plates. And, the crackling of vinyl further intensifies the authenticity and nostalgia of each performance.

The unorthodox Kingston 12 Hi Fi experience kicks off at ToeJam Backlot in Miami for the pre-party and continues on the cruise from December 9-11. Additionally, Kingston 12 Hi Fi will be featured on Jamrock Radio, played throughout the ship and the final round of the celebrity soccer match. Notably, for the first time on the cruise, Shinehead will do a meet and greet with fans on December 8.

During the pandemic, Shinehead released two bangers on the UK Peckings imprint, Never Had a Dream Come True and The Makings of You. Favourites among reggae music lovers, both releases showcase the beauty and diversity of Shinehead’s vocal capacity. Shinehead has been quite busy, as he also dropped his first music video in 20 years, sizzled on the Central Park stage for VP Records’ Dancehall Meets Hip Hop ‘90s Style event; celebrated the 30th anniversary of Strive; and, with DJ Papalotl, opened a studio and event space in downtown Los Angeles.