Kingston, Jamaica: - Internationally acclaimed Rhythm and Blues vocalist, Percy Sledge, will be the headline act for the highly anticipated R&B Reggae Concert scheduled for March 1 on the grounds of Jamaica College, Old Hope Road, Kingston.
Staged by R&B Reggae Promotions, the concert seeks to combine two of the genres that are most loved and appreciated by Jamaicans – reggae and R&B. Therefore, a cadre of talented reggae acts is slated to join Percy Sledge in concert and thrill the audience with a plethora of hit songs starting from the decades of the eighties through to the present.
Among the reggae artistes scheduled to perform on this exciting line-up are the incomparable John Holt, George Nooks, Gem Myers, AJ Brown, Bagga Case (Home T) and Breezy McKenley, along with Digicel Rising Stars alums Noddy Virtue, Jodi-Ann Pantry and Nikiesha Barnes. To take the musical appreciation up a notch will be Winston Blake, the maestro of the legendary Merritone Music, who will set the turntables in motion. All artistes will be backed by one of the most enduring and sought after bands in reggae music – Fab Five.
According to the promoters, the R&B Reggae Concert is a special treat designed as the ultimate family showcase and they guarantee an evening chockfull of memorable moments. Frankie Campbell of Fab 5, who is involved with the project, puts it best when he says, “Can you imagine Percy Sledge, John Holt, Gem Myers, AJ Brown, George Nooks and Merritone in one venue? That will be a package that I surely would not miss for the world.”
Percy Sledge is best known in Jamaica for songs such as Cover Me, When A Man Loves A Woman, Take Time To Know Her, Try A Little Tenderness, Dock of The Bay, Warm & Tender Love, Whiter Shade of Pale and My Girl. He has had his songs covered by both reggae and dancehall acts and is undoubtedly a favourite among Jamaicans, both the young and not-so-young.
According to his biography, Alabama-born Percy Sledge had a somewhat unusual introduction to the music business. Working as an orderly in a local hospital, he was touring with a local band called the Esquires Combo on weekends and working at the hospital during the week. A former patient at the hospital who knew both Sledge and local record producer Quin Ivy introduced them to each other. Ivy was impressed with Sledge’s emotional style of singing and signed him to a recording contract. Sledge hit it big with his first record, the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman”, released by Atlantic Records, which went on to become a worldwide hit (and, incidentally, the first Atlantic record to go gold).
R&B Reggae Concert, scheduled for March 1 on the grounds of Jamaica College, is sponsored by The Gleaner, Hotel Four Seasons, Kia Motors, RJR Communications Group, Kool 97 FM, Champion Customs Brokers, Salon True Beauty and Blake’s Texaco. Emcee will be Richard “Richie B” Burgess.
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