SUPER CAT – BUJU BANTON – BOUNTY KILLER – BEENIE MAN – BARRINGTON LEVY – SIZZLA
JUNIOR REID – MACHEL MONTANO – TARRUS RILEY – ETANA – MAVADO – ASSASSIN – NEW KIDZ
Florida – Rocker’s Island Entertainment, in association with Massive B Sound System, Inc., will bring together Jamaica’s biggest and brightest stars for Miami’s longest running Memorial Weekend reggae concert, Best Of The Best 2008, jumping off Sunday May 25, 2008 at Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd.) in downtown Miami. Here’s a quick who’s who of some this year’s confirmed artists:
SUPER CAT aka DON DADA aka WILD APACHE
William Maragh, born in Cockburn Pen in Kingston. One of the originators of the ’80s and ’90s dancehall movement. Classic hit singles include “Don Dada” and “Ghetto Red Hot”. Has influenced many artists such as Jr. Gong and Sean Paul. Has collaborated with India Arie, 112 and Sugar Ray.
Buju’s career took off at age 17with such countless hits such as “Stamina Daddy,” “Batty Rider,” and “Bogle.” His Buju’s debut album Mr. Mention, broke all sales records on the island and earned him more number one singles than Bob Marley… Banton is also a successful entrepreneur, running his own recording studio, production company and record label all under the Gargamel umbrella.
Born and raised in Trench Town. Breakout year was 1992 with the hits “Coppershot” and “Gunshot Fi Informer.” One of the most lyrical and aggressive dancehall artistes known internationally for collaborations “Hey Baby” with No Doubt and “Guilty” with Swizz Beatz.
Born and raised in Waterhouse district in Kingston, Beenie Man’s stardom came at age 8 after winning a local Tastee’s Talent Competition. In 1998 he signed to Virgin Records in the US. The album Art and Life won him his first Grammy in 2001. Has worked with international artists Janet Jackson, The Neptunes and Lil Kim.
Born and raised in St. Mary, but reppin August Town, Sizzla can be considered a prolific leader of the conscious reggae dancehall movement. An early single “Praise Ye Jah” secured his spot at the top of many charts. Major breakthrough albums include Black Woman and Child (1997) and Da Real Thing (2002).
Delroy Reid, born (June 3, 1965) and raised in West Kingston JA. Debut single “Mini Bus Driver” but more popularly known for his classic song “One Blood.” Has collaborated with heavy hitters such as Jim Jones, MIMS, Rick Ross and T-Pain.
A driving force in reggae music, Levy is easily one of the most requested vocalists in Jamaica. His laundry list of hit singles include “Look Youthman,” “Collie Weed,” “Sister Carol,” the classic “Here I Come,” “Under Mi Sensi,” and the international smash”Living Dangerously.”
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Montano is the only soca artist to ever sell out two back to back shows at the WAMU Theater at Madison Square Garden NY. Has collaborated with Beenie Man, Shaggy and recently Buju Banton.
David Constantine Brooks, born and raised in Cassava Piece Kingston JA. Debut single “Real Mckoy” propelled him to instant stardom. Currently signed to VP Records under, which he released his debut album Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks (2007).
Son of Jimmy Riley, he is one of the most promising second generation roots reggae singers. Riley’s latest effort Parables yielded such hits as “She’s Royal” and this classy roots-laden cover of R&B star John Legend’s “Stay With You.”
Although she has roots in August Town, Jamaica, she grew up in Miami, Florida. Signing with Fifth Element Records propelled her to success with her debut single “Wrong Address”. Current hits include “Warrior Love” and “Roots” both heating up local airwaves.
Assassin has been in the music business since the age of 17. “Ruffest” was his breakthrough single from Infiltration (2005) his debut album released in 2005. One of few successful artists currently enrolled in a college institution, his newest album Gully Sittin’, has received positive reviews.
Gargamel Music artist New Kidz is presently burning up the airwaves in Jamaica with a slew of hit singles including “Carnal Abuse,” “Problems,” Bubble Gal” and “Right To Fight.” Look for his debut album coming this Fall on Buju Banton’s Gargamel Music label.