With the abundance of parties, concerts and music events that the traditional ‘silly season’ always brings, it is inevitable that many major acts will be billed for at least two shows locally during this period. However, not so for mega dancehall artistes Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley and I-Octane; the only show they will be doing in Jamaica over the Christmas season is Cream of the Crop, the exciting December 27 concert to be staged at Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios, St. Ann
Produced by Purple Skunkz Entertainment, Cream of the Crop is all about delivering quality acts whose entertainment value is unquestioned. Grammy award winning deejay, Junior Gong, will make one of his few annual performances in Jamaica at this event and fans of the “Welcome To Jamrock” artiste are again eager to embrace him, just as they did at Rebel Salute in January.
The self-proclaimed “youngest veteran”, who is full of style and flava, has been keeping his fans aware of his movements via Facebook. “Ocho Rios get ready the Cream of the Crop is coming!” he posted last week, along with a flyer from the event. He has enjoyed a tremendous year working on projects with his Ghetto Youths International crew, a successful Welcome to Jamrock cruise, and the upcoming release of the highly anticipated various artiste CD, “Set Up Shop Vol. 2”. It was in February of this year that Junior Gong and dancehall artiste, Cham set the music world ablaze when they performed their hit single, ‘Fighter’, for UK’s top-rated entertainment show, ‘BBC 1Xtra’, at the Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston.
Digicel and Busta ambassador, I-Octane, aka The Closer, continues his total dominance of the dancehall, both locally and internationally, with a steady stream of hit songs and awesome performances. His appearance on Cream of the Crop closes out a tremendous year which saw him accept and deliver on the challenge to close Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night for the second straight year, after which he headed for the festival circuit in Europe where he stamped his unique class and continued to tour on his critically acclaimed CD, “My Journey”.
Now in its second year, Cream of the Crop also features Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, I-Octane, Teflon, Romaine Virgo, Jesse Royal, Loyal Flames, Berri, Ishawna, Hezron, Nature, Hero and Pzed. Set for Saturday December 27 at Pearly Beach in Ocho Rios, the event is sponsored by Guinness, Liquid Nitro, Ghetto Youths International, Global Vision Concepts, Conquer The Globe Productions, Zip FM, Irie FM and Mad Media House