“Beres is an icon and a cornerstone of the Jamaican music industry,” Summerfest’s executive director Johnny Gourzong was quoted in a news release from the festival’s publicist, Headline Entertainment.
“We at Reggae Sumfest are very pleased to be presenting this great reggae artist and felt that he deserves to be recognized for his enormous contribution to the growth and development of our music. A Reggae Sumfest without Beres never truly feels complete,” Gourzong added.
Hammond, who is easily one of Jamaica’s most prolific singers ever and who has a massive fan base, will be making his return to the festival after a three-year hiatus.
Known for his soulful voice and eclectic lovers’ rock ballads, Hammond’s discography consists of at least 18 albums and six compilations.
He is expected to wow the Sumfest audience with his timeless hits, among them Step Aside, Can’t Stop A Man From Trying, Standing In My Way, and She Loves Me Now, to name a few.
“Beres loves to perform at Sumfest because of the exceptional reception he gets. It’s been a while since he has graced the stage at Catherine Hall, and he has made it clear that he will be delivering one of the best sets locally, come July,” said Hammond’s manager Mervis Walsh.
Reggae Sumfest, set for July 17-23 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, promises to be an explosive affair featuring top acts such as international sensations R Kelly and Nicki Minaj, as well as Jamaican stars CeCile, Tifa, Kip Rich, Protoje, Jah Cure, Half Pint, and Konshens.
R&B superstar Ne-Yo has launched the Caribbean leg of his record label and yesterday, announced plans to have a series of parties in Negril for Emancipation weekend.
The singer announced his intentions for the island’s music at his media launch last night at the Spanish Court Hotel.
He unveiled the Caribbean leg of Compound Entertainment label, dubbed ‘Compound Island.’ The Compound brand takes the Jamaican initiative even further with his Compound Island series of parties set for Negril from July 29 – 30 this summer.
Speaking about his Compound Island label Ne-Yo said, “the reason we decided to do this here, besides the obvious talent, is that the Jamaican market is very single-driven, where you have that one special song. We believe that is where the music business is heading right now, that singles matter more than the album.”
Ne-Yo explained that artistes like Rihanna and Bruno Mars have taken Jamaican melodies, rhythm and reggae music to achieve success overseas. The singer believes that local acts can reach just as far with reggae music. “Reggae music is global music, you can go anywhere to hear it, you can go to Australia and hear it,” Ne-Yo said. He added that it is a lack of knowledge on the worldwide, global music business that has been the drawback for local acts.
According to Ne-Yo, his label will be doing a local online talent search competition for singers, groups, songwriters, producers and more in the near future. Compound Island has a team who will be working here, conducting the search and more. Nonetheless, Ne-Yo explains that he plans to be very ‘hands on’ for his new venture giving his expert advice to local talent.
Ne-yo told The STAR, “we’re looking for fresh talent, people we can mould.” What can persons do to impress the international star? Ne-Yo explained, “be the best you can be, at what you do.”
To introduce ‘Compound Island’ to Jamaica, Compound Entertainment will be hosting the Compound Island Party Series. The Compound Island Series will feature three events over two days to be held at the Jungle nightclub. The first day features the VIP Welcome Party, with the second day hosting the ‘All White Party’ during the day and the ‘Finale Party’ in the night.
The singer was in Jamaica for a three-day stay, hitting the local entertainment scene visiting various parties. This marks Ne-yo’s third visit to the island, the last, being when he performed at Reggae Sumfest in 2009. He said, “this experience has been a lot different, the other times I was here it was for a show, which was the highlight of my time here. This time I got to hang out and experience the Jamaican night life.”
Author: Krista Henry
Following the departures of two key Portmore Empire members within the last week, rumors have been flying that some of their remaining members might also jump ship.
After Jah Vinci left the “Gaza” and Dancehall Producer, Notnice followed suit 3 days later, stories have been widespread that Shawn Storm and especially Popcaan could be next in line to leave Vybz Kartel’s crew. However, a source close to the Empire situation claims that’s not happening, for now at least. “Not because certain other people left means everyone is going to leave, some folks just love spread rumors and not facts.” He also intimated that, “Storm and Poppy will always be loyal members of the Gaza and despite the recent rumors the Gaza remains strong.”
The source also rubbished death threat claims made by Vybz Kartel’s former business associate, Corey Todd. “The talks of death threats are baseless, wi nuh send threats to people, a business wi deal wid. Anyone is free to leave Empire for their own personal reasons,” he insisted.
Popcaan and Shawn Storm have been two of the Empire’s most recognized names. Shawn Storm is most known for his single, “My Life” which was done in 2010 on the Gangster City Riddim (produced by Adidjaheim & Notnice Records). Popcaan, who is dubbed as the “Gaza Prefect” has had his share of hits as well such as “Dream” and “City” He also featured on Vybz Kartel’s worldwide hit song “Clarks” along with fellow Kartel protégé, Gaza Slim last year.
Source: Riddim Vibration