The greatest reggae show on earth, Reggae Sumfest, is scheduled to unfold from July 12 to July 18 in Montego Bay, with an amazing line-up of talent. The organisers have confirmed that ‘young lions’ Jesse Royal and Keznamdi have joined the line-up for International Night One dubbed Showtime, on Friday, July 17. These up-and-coming roots reggae singers promise they will ignite the stage with the strong cultural vibe the festival is known for.
Last year’s staging of the event saw Jesse Royal delivering a memorable set with hits like So Long Rastafari Call You, Hotter the Battle, Modern Day Judas, among others. He says he is truly honoured to once again be a part of the event and will bring more conscious music and entertainment to the stage.
“I’m truly honoured to be gracing the stage of one of the most premier events in the world where reggae is concerned, and otherwise. It’s truly a blessing and a joy to have the legacies intertwine,” Jesse Royal said, adding, “Fans can expect much more than entertainment. St James is near and dear to I heart. That’s really where my journey started, so they can expect a ‘rootical’ vibe.”
Keznamdi is no stranger to the Sumfest stage as he performed with Jah Cure on International Night One and Chronixx on International Night Two in 2013. He returned the following year, doing an acoustic set on the small stage, and is back this year with his own band, ready to ignite the Sumfest stage.
“This performance is really special to me, seeing that I’ll be performing with my band. Everyone can expect conscious progressive music that is full of energy and, of course, expect the unexpected. I love performing and connecting with people through my music. Exchanging energy with people through my music is a powerful and blessed feeling,” Keznamdi said.