Jamaica’s most celebrated dancehall artist, Rexton Rawlston Gordon, popularly know to fans as Shabba Ranks is set to perform at the “adidas Jamboree” concert, Randall’s Island, New York on Saturday, June 9th. The concert – which will serve as a 50th anniversary celebration for both Jamaica and Trinidad – will take place at the conclusion of the annual adidas Grand Prix where Caribbean track stars – world-champion Yohan Blake, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jermaine Gonzalez, Novlene Williams-Mills, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Kenia Sinclair, Kelly-Ann Baptiste and other world elite athletes – will compete.
“Shabba is an icon who has a history of delivering outstanding performances” said Louie Grant, VP, Irie Jam Radio. “This is Shabba’s first outdoor performance in New York in two years and fans can’t wait to see the Grammy winner on the adidas stage, representing for Jamaica whilst ushering our Caribbean athletes off to the 2012 London Olympics this summer.”
Also slated to perform is yet another Grammy winner, New York based reggae star Shaggy, Jamaica’s musical ambassador Richie Stephens and soca darling Fayann Lyons.
“Working with our Caribbean media partner Irie Jam radio over the past 6 years, we have come to recognize the synergy created by two indigenous Jamaican products – sports and reggae music” said Rich Kenah, adidas Grand Prix and Global Athletics & Marketing.
“To honor the outstanding performances of Jamaican athletes at the adidas Grand Prix since its inception, we will team with Irie Jam radio and LBL to stage the inaugural ‘adidas Jamboree’ concert. The event will also honor two neighboring island nations, Jamaica and Trinidad, ironically competing at the 2012 summer Olympic in England, the country from which they both gained their independence.”
With a string of Billboard number one hit songs including “It Wasn’t Me” and a platinum selling album, ‘Mr Boombastic’ Shaggy still has what it takes to enthrall fans. He is expected to turn up the heat with another energetic set at Randall’s Island when he unleashes hits like ‘Badman No Cry,’ ‘Hot Gal,’ ‘Bombastic’ and ‘Oh Carolina.’
Award winning reggae ambassador Richie Stephens has copped awards for “Song of the Year Award” for “Live Your Life” from Irie Jam Radio, NY; an ‘Achievement Award’ at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Trelawny, Jamaica; a “Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Song of the Year” at the Linkage Awards in New York since the start of 2012. His last performance on Randall’s Island took place on Saturday, May 31, 2008, moments after Usain ‘Lighting’ Bolt had decimated the 100 meters world record for the first time.
FayAnn Lyons, a three-time Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Road March champion (2003, 2008, 2009) and the 2009 International Soca Monarch has a huge fan base in the tri-state area. Her big hits include “Focus,” “Heavy T Bumpa,” “Bring It” (with Mr. Vegas – ICC World Cup Cricket Theme Song) and “Get On.”