“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.
Nicki Minaj (real name Onika Tanya Maraj) rose to prominence when her debut studio album, Pink Friday, released in 2010, topped the US Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America a month after it was released.
In 2009, two years after she released her first mixtape Playtime Is Over, Minaj — who grew up in Queens, New York — was discovered by American rapper Lil Wayne and was signed to Young Money Entertainment.
Minaj was the first artist to have seven songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at the same time and was also the first female artist to top the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart with her single Your Love.
She was born on December 8, 1984 in St James, Trinidad and Tobago.
According to the Summerfest announcement, the rapper will perform on Sumfest’s International Night.