Known worldwide for its sprawling beaches, mouth-watering cuisine and champion sprinters, Jamaica is also celebrated for its home grown music - reggae.
Come July 13-19, fans of the genre will travel from all over the world and converge on the tourist capital Montego Bay to experience The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth, Reggae Sumfest. Now in its 22nd year, the annual festival has included marquee performers from R&B and Rap.
This year, four-time Grammy nominated and BET Best New Artist winner, Wiz Khalifa will join Tessanne Chin, Jamaican sensation and winner of NBC’s The Voice as headliners of Reggae Sumfest 2014.
Wiz Khalifa who has been steadily making a name for himself in the global music industry is set to display his talents on International Night 1, Friday, July 18.
Since winning Season 5 of NBC’s hit show The Voice, Tessanne Chin has had a full schedule of appearances on the Caribbean and international stage. Last month, she made history when she was invited by first lady Michelle Obama to perform during the special Women of Soul Concert at the White House. Chin will take the stage on International Night 2 on Saturday, July 19 which brings the festival to a close.
“Reggae music is synonymous with Jamaica and every summer music fans travel from Europe, Latin America and North America to witness the best artistes perform at Reggae Sumfest,” said John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. ”We welcome this opportunity to showcase our music and all the island has to offer. The people of Jamaica and its beaches, hotels, food and culture are what make the island an unbeatable destination.”
Among the other acts confirmed for Reggae Sumfest 2014 are Sanchez, Chronixx, Jah Cure and Zvuloon Dub System from Israel. Additional artiste announcements are expected as the concert date nears. Past headliners have included Usher, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, R. Kelly, T-Pain, Flo Rida and Ne-Yo.
Early bird specials for the Beach Party on July 13, All White Party on July 15, and Dancehall night on July 17 are available through to April 30, 2014. To purchase tickets to these events and for a listing of Reggae Sumfest hotel packages, log on to www.reggaesumfest.com