King Yel­low­man to rock NY fes­ti­val

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - An­thony Turner/Con­trib­u­tor

NEW YORK:

AGENT SASCO, Tanya Stephens, singer Mikey Spice and dance­hall icon Yel­low­man are the head­lin­ers an­nounced for the sec­ond an­nual Ora­cabessa Bliss Fes­ti­val — the sig­na­ture event of Irie Jam’s 25th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

It has been a few years since Yel­low­man last per­formed at an out­door event in New York, and Bobby Clarke, founder and CEO of Irie Jam ra­dio, is elated he is con­firmed for his an­niver­sary event.

“Yel­low­man is an icon of our time. He is a trail­blazer, a ground breaker, and an am­bas­sador for reg­gae and dance­hall mu­sic glob­ally” he said.

Yel­low­man first gar­nered at­ten­tion in Ja­maica in the late 1970s when he won the pop­u­lar Tas­tee Talent con­test. His abil­ity to ‘ride the rhythm’ and ex­cite a crowd made him an in­stant hit. He quickly made an im­pact glob­ally, with hits songs I’m Get­ting Mar­ried in the Morn­ing, No­body Move,

No­body Get Hurt, Zungu Zungu Zeng, and Mad Over Me.

Yel­low­man was the first dance­hall artiste to col­lab­o­rate with hip-hop stars and the first to be signed to a ma­jor Amer­i­can la­bel — CBS Records.

Clarke noted that Yel­low­man has used his in­ter­na­tional star­dom pos­i­tively and has flown the Ja­maican flag high as the orig­i­nal King of Dance­hall.

“Win­ston ‘Yel­low­man’ Foster, has paved the way for us with his mu­sic, so it is only fit­ting that as we cel­e­brate our 25th an­niver­sary, we pay trib­ute to him.

We are sim­ply ec­static to have this pi­o­neer touch the Ora­cabessa Bliss fes­ti­val stage,” Clarke said.

The all-white sum­mer out­door party, slated for July 8, at the Pen­nysaver Amphitheatre in Brookhaven, Long Is­land, kicks off at noon and goes un­til 8 p.m. It will in­clude a tan­ta­lis­ing food vil­lage with gourmet cuisine by celebrity chefs. There will also be on site masseuses, VIP ca­banas, and a fash­ion show with celebrity guests.

Yel­low­man FILE

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