Singing Melody and Sizzla to headline
Singing Melody will headline next month's reggae concert alongside fellow Jamaican artist and Grammy Award nominee Sizzla Kalonji at Number 1 Car Park, organisers have confirmed.
The reggae artist has earned recognition for his vocal talents, particularly for combining aspects of reggae with R&B in his own material, as well as his work as a producer.
To date, Singing Melody has released four albums, the last of which was They Call Me Mr Melody, released in 2012.
The artist, whose real name is Everton Hardweare, grew up in Kingston and in the 1980s joined forces with King Tuby, the late legendary reggae/dub producer, who produced the singer's first single, Tie Me.
His first hit, a reggae cover of the R&B single Shower Me With Your Love, was produced by Steely & Clevie.
After the release of his third album, Expressions, in 2002, Singing Melody began producing tracks for other artists including Morgan Heritage, Richie Stephens and Turbulence.
He also started his own label, SHEM Music Productions, and helped promote the annual Kingston reggae concert “Symphony Under the Stars”.
Singing Melody and Sizzla will be the main acts at the November 10 concert in Hamilton.
“I just think it's going to be a lot of excitement between those two,” said Rosie Cross, who runs concert organiser Spectrum Global.
“Singing Melody comes with his own vibes and, singing along with Sizzla, I can expect nothing but the best from both of them.”
Tickets go on sale later this week and can be purchased online at Ptix.bm or at Jamaican Grill on Court Street, all Pizza House outlets and Quickie Lickie in Hamilton.
“There has been a great demand for tickets,” Mrs Cross added. “People have been asking when the tickets will be available, which should be on Friday.
“Everyone is just excited about the show — especially about Sizzla.”
Sizzla, who has performed here before, is regarded as one of the most successful and prolific artists of all time, having released more than 70 solo albums to date.
“Sizzla is so excited to be coming back here because he hasn't been here for so long,” Mrs Cross said. “He was over the moon when he got the news to come here.”
Local acts to perform on the night include artist Jesse Seymour and DJs Young Guns and King Jyrus.
The show, to be hosted by masters of ceremony Ninja Cutty, will also feature international DJ Radcliffe of Xanadu Muzik.
“Looking at somebody like Jesse Seymour, Young Guns and DJ Jyrus, those are the best you can offer,” Mrs Cross said. “DJ Radcliffe of Xanadu Muzik will bring a lot of vibes and excitement.”