A mouthwatering reggae line-up has been revealed to join the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence. London's IndigO2 will play host to the Respect Jamaica 50th Festival with some of the most iconic reggae, ska and dub artists appearing together on stage during the twelve-day event.
The two week extravaganza, from Thursday 25th July until Monday 6th August will include a multitude of legendary Jamaican singers, DJs, writers, comedians, actors and poets from Damian Marley, Junior Murvin, and Lee 'Scratch' Perry to Shaggy and Jimmy Cliff.
Authentic Jamaican food and drink will also be on hand during the festivities for everyone to enjoy. All key Olympic events will also be screened at the venues to ensure none of the action is missed, including Jamaica's hotly anticipated gold medal run.
Rob Hallett, President of International Touring at AEG Live, said, "Having held a life long affection for Jamaica and its culture I am honoured that AEG Live, along with Jamaica 50 will be presenting the entertainment as part of Jamaica's official celebrations in London of 50 years Independence with the greatest array of Jamaican talent, over 12 nights, that this country has ever seen."
For those in search of something lighthearted, there's also an evening of Jamaican comedy hosted at Proud2.
Other outstanding cultural events at Jamaica 50 include 'Messenger: The Bob Marley Exhibition' at the BME July 24 – October 22. Visitors will be invited to explore a retrospective featuring personal memorabilia, candid photographs, old concert posters, records, music clips and archive video footage.
Director of the Jamaica 50 Secretariat, Robert Bryan said, "Jamaica is excited to be associated with AEG Live to present Jamaica 50. The Jamaica 50 Secretariat recognises this as an official celebratory event of Jamaica’s Jubilee celebrations and is delighted that such an outstanding line-up can be made available during the London 2012 games, when we expect even more great Jamaican moments. Jamaica House, located in the 02 during the Olympic Games, will also be showcasing and providing an authentic Jamaican experience in honour of this special year"
Other artists confirmed on the roster include: Tappa Zukie, Jamaican Legends Band, Mutabaruka, John Holt, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Toots & The Maytals, Young Toots, Horace Andy, Morgan Heritage, Raging Fyah, Yellowman, Dennis Alcapone, Benjamin Zephaniah, U-Roy, The Abyssinians, Winston Reedy, Mad Professor, Mighty Diamonds, Leroy 'Heptones' Sibbles, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Johnny Clarke, Derrick Morgan, Max Romeo, Jah9, Sir Lloyd Coxsone, Michael Prophet, Gaylads, Bob Andy, Fatman Hi Fi, and Jah Shaka Sound System.
The line-up details confirmed so far are as follows:
Wednesday 25th July: Lee Scratch Perry, Junior Murvin, Mad Professor
Thursday 26th July: Damian Marley
Friday 27th July: Tappa Zukie, U-Roy, Yellowman, Dennis Alcapone, Winston Reedy
Sunday 29th July: Ernest Ranglin, Sly & Robbie, Monty Alexander, Bitty Mclean
Monday 30th July: Mutabaruka, Benjamin Zephaniah, The Abyssinians, Jah9
Tuesday 31st July: John Holt, Mighty Diamonds, Leroy 'Heptones' Sibbles
Wednesday 1st August: Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest
Thursday 2nd August: Gyptian, Tarrus Riley, Natty
Friday 3rd August: Toots & The Maytals, Junior Toots, Sir Lloyd Coxsone & Fatman Hi Fi
Saturday 4th August: Horace Andy, Johnny Clarke, Michael Prophet
Sunday 5th August: Morgan Heritage, Shaggy, Raging Fyah
Monday 6th August: Jimmy Cliff & Oneness, Derrick Morgan, Max Romeo, The Gaylads, Bob Andy
Tickets will go on sale at 9am tomorrow, Friday, 25th May, and eGigs will havel inks to buy them then.
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article by: Scott Williams
| published: 24/05/2012 13:36|