Saturday, July 18, 2009

12th Annual Reggae Music Festival New York


The big ‘Countdown to the 12th Annual Jamrock Reggae Festival’ has just been shifted to the highest gear as the Honorable Marcia Griffiths O.D. and Grammy award winning Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru have been added to the legendary line up of Reggae Icons at the highly anticipated concert event…

Sunday 13th July, 2009 – New York - Link Up Media Inc. CEO and Jamrock Reggae Festival owner David “Squeeze” Annakie made the announcement to press hours ago about the milestone addition to The 12th Annual JAMROCK Reggae Festival line up stating that, “It’s been a rough year for everyone thus far and our Caribbean American community is also feeling the brunt of these harsh times..Our listeners, readers, supporters and valued sponsors have all been exceptional and vital to the continued success of the Link Up Media group. We want them to know that we are also here to support and uplift them. Bringing a positive quality event of this status at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY is our way of showing appreciation and respect to the artists and the fans for their contribution to preserving our prosperous Caribbean culture in this era of hope and change.”

Just 5 days before the major concert event kicks off @ The Westchester County Center in White Plains NY, news of the latest ‘bomb’ dropped on the already explosive line up of Reggae icons Beres Hammond, John Holt, Frankie Paul and Culture with Kenyatta Hill adds Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru and the Honorable Marcia Griffiths O.D. of Bob Marley’s I-Three’s to the frontline of the legendary JAMROCK Reggae Festival cast. Without any doubt, this is the ultimate combination of class, style and international stardom that is sure to shine as the brightest beacon of what the Caribbean entertainment scene has truly evolved to. Hosted by Link Up Media’s David “Squeeze” Annakie and Jeanille Bonterre of Link Up Radio 93.5FM, BET J and MTV Tempo, this sold out event has also prompted producers to increase ticket sales by popular demand and extend the show’s production schedule. Major networks have also approached the event for coverage of the milestone concert event and new patrons are being asked to purchase tickets before Saturday July 18th to avoid being left out of this once in a lifetime live concert experience.

A Royal daughter of Jamaican soil and distinguished member of the groundbreaking female trio and backing vocal group to Bob Marley and The Wailers, the Honorable Marcia Griffiths O.D. is an indomitable Queen of Reggae. Since her initiation to the music industry as a young teenager performing with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires after her fated discovery by mentor Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths has blazed a continuous trail of over 4 decades of chartopping success and achievements to become one of the hardest working female artists in the music industry. Her timeless hit ‘Electric Boogie Song’ created a world dance craze “The Electric Slide” which has made ‘Electric Boogie’ the official song played at weddings and family gatherings around the World regardless of race, country or culture. This true Jamaican Empress of music represents the undeniable presence of the global Caribbean influence with her style, grace and harmonious voice that has inspired countless female reggae artists around the globe and established Caribbean women and our culture on the map.

‘Uhuru’ is the Swahili word for ‘Freedom’ and when ‘riddim twins’ Sly & Robbie brought the young and gifted singer/songwriter Mykal Rose to the legendary group ‘Black Uhuru’ the ancestors blessed Reggae music with a new voice of freedom, justice and success for the African race. Reggae icon Mykal Rose has risen from the harsh streets of Kingston Jamaica to become one of the most powerful and influential voices of Reggae music to date. After winning the first ever Reggae Grammy award with Black Uhuru’s chartopping album ‘Anthem’ Mykal went on to create a global media blitz on the frontline of Reggae music that led to the Black Uhuru’s and Reggae’s firm establishment in the music industry with potent hits like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Sinsemillia”. Mykal Rose’s music and unconquerable voice not only represent the foundation of Reggae’s true meaning to Caribbean people, it also reflects the power of our spirit to impact the world towards positive solutions to inequality and injustice.

Kenyatta Hill is the son of the late Joseph Hill, front man of Culture, the legendary vocal trio whose 1977 record “Two Sevens Clash” helped define the roots reggae genre. In August 2006, while on tour in Berlin, Germany, Joseph Hill suddenly fell ill and passed away. Kenyatta has since carried the torch successfully performing as the front man for Culture paying tribute to his father with every performance.

Natural Blacks, the Guyanese born roots singer has made a persistent stance in Reggae with songs like Far from Reality and Never Leave You Lonely. His style and personality has made him a favorite among some of the top record producers and fans in Jamaica, and throughout the Caribbean.

Frankie Paul is often referred to as Jamaica's Stevie Wonder, and not just because of his visual impairment; like Wonder, he was a talented multi-instrumentalist with a tremendous vocal range. He was also extraordinarily prolific; part of the first wave of dancehall artists, he started his recording career in earnest during the early '80s, and has since flooded the market with product, releasing countless singles and well over 30 albums. Fans can look forward to hits like Tidal Wave, Sara and Slow Down.

John Holt has delivered timeless reggae classics like Police in Helicopter, Stick by Me, and Ali Baba. The former lead singer of the Parogons still stands head and shoulders above the rest as one of Jamaica's sweetest singers and enduring songwriters. He has voiced and penned so many of the country's classics that in a way, Holt has defined the island's sound.

Known to many as the "Otis Redding of Reggae", Beres Hammond has been writing, producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet voice over soulful reggae riddims for over three decades. From his early days as the lead singer of the '70s funk-reggae infused band Zap Pow, Beres has consistently produced hits and number one singles. As the cornerstone to Lover's Rock, he has inspired the next generation of reggae soul singers and international superstars like Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. Fans can look forward to hearing timeless classics like, Tempted to Touch and Rock Away as well as material from his latest album "A Moment in Time".

If you want to be a part of this extraordinary musical experience with Beres Hammond, John Holt, Frankie Paul, Culture with Kenyatta Hill, Natural Black , Lenya Wilks and just added the Honorable Marcia Griffiths and Mykal Rose call1 800 681 4220 now or visit and for tickets. Stay tuned to LINK UP RADIO 93.5FM and for more info and updates on the 12th ANNUAL JAMROCK REGG*AE FESTIVAL.

All Ticket Winners should pick up their tickets at the door between the hours of 6pm to 8pm on the day of the show. Also a Valid I.D. is needed and tickets are non-transferable
Tickets will also be availabe for purchase at the door.

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